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Acne

At any one time, between 40 and 50 million Americans suffer from acne. Although acne is most common in teenagers, its incidence is increasing in women between the ages of 30 and 50. Acne has many forms. It can consist of black heads, white heads, inflamed pimples, pustules, and/or deeper cysts. Acne may be distributed on the forehead and cheeks, around the mouth and chin or on the chest, shoulders and back.

Acne results from a combination of hormones, dead skin cells, and bacteria called p. acnes. Changes in hormones lead to the production of skin oils called sebum which acts like a sticky glue trapping dead skin cells in pores. As pores become “clogged,” bacteria proliferate and pressures builds up under the skin. Eventually, if pressure becomes great enough, the clogged pore can burst causing an inflammatory reaction associated with redness, pain, and pus bumps.

Treating acne is important for improving self-confidence and preventing scars and skin discolorations. Treatments may consist of topical medications, oral medications, and/or light-based treatments. Medications are often selected based on the type and extent of acne a patient has. Importantly, it can take several weeks for medications to start working, and acne may even become worse before it improves. We understand that acne is stubborn and are committed to creating a personalized treatment plan for you that works.

It’s very had to have confidence when you have severe acne. I had several injections for my cystic acne and they worked like a charm! I felt a lot better when my cysts were gone. -Ashley A. | Yelp

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