Cosmetic Options for Acne Treatment
Acne is a skin condition that results in cysts, pimples and lesions on your face, neck, back, chest, upper arms and shoulders. It is the most prevalent skin condition in the United States and it can affect anybody - from teenagers to adults. The problem, which is usually visible prominently, can be a source of self-consciousness as well as embarrassment and can lead to a tendency to avoid social occasions.
About Acne and its Treatment
- Causes of acne: Acne is caused due to clogged pores. Pores of your skin may get clogged due to an increased amount of oil production, bacteria buildup, or irritation of your pores and hair follicles because shedding of the dead cells of your skin. Whenever this buildup happens in your hair follicles, a lesion develops. The reason for increased amounts of oil production is not known; it may be due to genetic factors, bacteria, hormones, or medications. It should be noted that chocolate do not actually result in acne, nor do other foods.
- Symptoms: While the skin condition can usually be seen on the areas mentioned previously, it can also happen anywhere else on the body. Whiteheads, blackheads, pustules, redness, cysts, nodules, scarring, skin inflammation are some of the symptoms of acne. The symptoms may not always be there and they may flare up due to environmental factors, like very humid conditions, or hormonal changes in your body, like during menstruation and pregnancy. Certain cosmetic products can also cause a flare up of the symptoms as can some medications.
- Treatment: The one thing you have to keep in mind is that there is no overnight cure for acne. It will take time, of the order of a few weeks, for any treatment to show its effects. Over-the-counter medications containing salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide can help mild cases; severe cases will need prescription medications. Chemical peels, photodynamic therapy, and laser treatments may also be needed.
For More Information about Acne Treatment, Contact the Pacific Dermatology & Cosmetic Center.
If you need help with acne, contact Pacific Dermatology & Cosmetic Center. You may also call us at 206-859-5777 or visit our Seattle or Renton office.