Acne is one of the most common skin conditions in the United States and doesn’t only happen to teens. Now more than ever, adult men and women are experiencing outbreaks in their 30s, 40s, 50s and beyond. Get evaluated for your acne condition, and we’ll help find the right treatment.
Acne occurs when a pore in our skin gets clogged. As the body attempts to shed dead skin cells, the dead skin instead gets trapped inside the pores. Oil production increases as a method to shed the skin cells; and when combined with clogged pores, you have the perfect breeding ground for bacteria. What we call acne is truly the combination of bacteria, oil, and dead skin cells in pores.
Both blackheads and whiteheads are clogs of dead skin cells, but how these are formed is what’s intriguing. Blackheads have a black color because they are exposed to oxygen which changes the melanin in the skin cells to a darker color. When pores are closed, meaning not exposed to air, there is no oxidation, and the clogs remain white, resulting in whiteheads.
Acne affects men and women in their teens and can continue for years or decades past puberty. Here are a few causes of acne to keep in mind:
– Linda, Actual Patient*
Acne is a chronic disorder of the hair follicles and sebaceous glands. Aside from blackheads and whiteheads, there are a variety of consequences when bacteria, oil, and dead skin cells mix to inflame the skin. One can have inflammation, redness, cysts, nodules, and more.
Acne isn’t only limited to the face; one can easily see the condition on the back, neck, chest, arms, and shoulders. Because anyone can get acne, it is important to remember the toll it can take on teenagers and young adults as they are entering adulthood. While having acne isn’t medically dangerous, those with acne experience dark spots on the skin, scarring, possibly a lower self-esteem, and even depression. Acne is more than just a blemish to many sufferers.
Acne most commonly starts during puberty between the ages of 10 and 13 and tends to be worse for people who have oily skin. Teenage acne usually lasts for five to ten years, normally going away during the early 20s. Acne occurs in both sexes, although teenage boys tend to have the most severe cases. Women are more likely than men to have mild to moderate forms into their 30s and beyond.
Acne treatments have evolved, and today most cases of acne can be resolved with proper treatment. The goal of acne treatment is to minimize scarring and relieve symptoms.
At Spectrum Dermatology, we will tailor your acne treatment program to your lifestyle, acne type, motivation and tolerance for medications. Spectrum Dermatology is now accredited to dispense dermatologic medications for acne through an accreditation with Physician Dispensing Association. Our PDA certification allows us to create a variety of dermatologic meds that are filled during our appointment, and available for checkout when you leave. Learn more about the accreditation.
Spectrum Dermatology provides expertise, knowledge, nd passion to medical, surgical and cosmetic dermatology. Our experience and reputation make Spectrum Dermatology one of the most sought-after dermatologists in the Scottsdale and Phoenix area. For more information or to set up an appointment please contact us at (480) 948-8400.