Acne: What You Need To Know
Acne, regardless of the volume, can be detrimental to your emotional well-being and vastly alter your mental state.
Acne is visually unpleasant and tends to frustratingly persist without treatment. Due to itchiness, individuals may scratch at the affected area, which may cause scarring. The resulting lesions from the scars can heal slowly, but may also expose wounds that are susceptible to germs and infections.
Luckily, Healthpointe has all the right specialists and staff to help treat acne swiftly and professionally. Our staff will help patients regain their acne-free appearance and avoid further skin-related distress.
What is Acne?
Acne is a skin condition arises from a combination of oils plugging up pores and dead skin cells and occurs anywhere on a person’s body. Areas that are commonly affected by acne include the face, neck, back, chest and shoulders. Acne is an exceptionally common skin condition amongst teens, and less common among adults.
There are other forms of acne that are categorized based on the extent of their inflammation. This includes zits, whiteheads, pimples and blackheads.
What Causes Acne?
Acne occurs due to the increased production of oil that develops throughout the adolescent and teenage years. This oil, known as sebum, combines with dead cells to clog the pores of the body, which is what causes acne to appear. Acne outbreaks may also be caused due to hormonal changes during pregnancy.
Greasy foods and chocolate are theorized to also cause acne outbreaks, but this has yet to be scientifically proven.
What are the Treatments for Acne?
There are many over-the-counter cosmetic treatments that treat acne, but there are even more powerful techniques that can eliminate acne swiftly.
Maintaining a clean and healthy skin is at the utmost importance. One must clean their face and body thoroughly daily to wash out some of the bacteria. Cosmetic products that block pores should also be avoided as they may cause an outbreak.
Over-the-counter lotions that kill bacteria, reduce oil in the body, and shed dead skin cells are also recommended to prevent acne outbreaks. However, some lotions can be accompanied by discomforting side effects such as dry skin, skin irritation, flakiness and much more.
Blue Light Therapy is a popular treatment option for acne. As the first light treatment to be approved by the FDA for acne treatment, Blue Light Therapy is a prominent choice in treating mild to moderate acne. Blue light can reduce the amount of acne-causing bacteria and decrease oil-producing glands.
Healthpointe’s dermatologists garner an exponential amount of experience and are known to offer patients with affordable and effective products to successfully combat acne outbreaks. Such treatments include prescribed medication and oral antibiotics that reduce acne and inflammation. Dermatologist-prescribed products are highly recommended as they are known to successfully eradicate acne and control acne breakouts. Such treatments are known to remove dead skin cells and diminish excessive bacteria. Dermatologists may also prescribe stronger products that contain Vitamin A – a strong nutrient known to effectively combat acne.
Do you want clear and healthy skin? Be sure to come to Healthpointe!
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