Many people will struggle with acne at some point in their lives. Over 50 million people in the U.S. experience acne conditions each year. And while many associate acne with the teenage years, a person can experience acne at any age. Often, over-the-counter solutions are not nearly as effective as prescribed medications. Many people search for treatment from a professional to see improvement in their acne.

Each person’s situation is different. That is why it is best to seek a board-certified dermatologist who can create a unique acne treatment plan for what your skin needs. MOD Dermatology offers our Fremont isotretinoin and pimple cream for our clients. All of our acne specialists have years of experience treating a myriad of skin types and acne issues.

What is Acne?

Acne arises when an increase in oil production obstructs the pores. While everyone has harmless bacteria that live on the skin, the issue arises when these bacteria fill the clogged pores. This leads to inflammation, which in turn causes different types of acne, including whiteheads and blackheads (medically referred to as comedones), pimples, cysts, papules, and nodules. The majority of acne appears on the cheeks, chin, neck, back, and chest.

Man with red acne some white heads

The Different Types of Acne:

Understanding the different types of acne can help to provide a starting point for your acne treatment plan with our Fremont area team. Below are the four most frequently seen variations of acne in our office.


Comedones are what are typically called whiteheads or blackheads. Your pores may become blocked by excess oil, debris, and dead skin cells which cause whiteheads. When the pore is opened and exposed to air, blackheads form.


Papules are the result of comedones becoming inflamed. This type of acne shows up as small, red bumps on the skin that are hard to the touch. 


Typically caused by a bacterial infection, these bumps appear red and are typically filled with pus.


Cysts are growths in the body that are filled with different types of liquid or air. They typically arise due to injury or infection and may be tender to the touch.


Nodules are growths that often develop beneath the skin or in organs like your thyroid or lungs. These firm lumps are normally painless and no treatment is needed. If they do start to get bigger, or you experience other symptoms, we recommend seeing a doctor for possible treatment options.


There isn’t a “one size fits all” treatment for acne. Depending on the type of acne you are experiencing, and its location, severity, and other factors, the optimal treatment plan for every individual may be different from every other treatment plan. By scheduling an examination with our certified dermatologists in Fremont, you can have a unique acne treatment plan created that will utilize professional products to achieve your desired results. Call our office today to schedule an appointment!

Some of the most common acne treatments include the following:

  • Oral or topical antibiotics
  • Topical creams and gels that target bacteria
  • Isotretinoin
  • Prescription topical retinoids and comedolytics
  • Extraction
  • Chemical peels

Common Acne Misconceptions

With so many articles floating around the internet, many people have thoughts regarding acne that are incorrect. When you know how acne plays a role in people’s skin, you can better understand how treatments such as isotretinoin and medicated pimple creams are viable treatment options.

1. Acne Only Affects Teenagers.

While it’s true a majority of people who suffer from acne are teenagers, a person of any age can be affected. Whether a newborn baby or an adult, acne does not discriminate. Believe it or not, adults account for 30% of all acne cases.

2. Washing Your Face More Will Cure Acne.

While it is important to wash your face to remove dirt and other debris, it is not a “cure-all” for acne. Sometimes excessive washing or harsh face washes can do more harm than good. We recommend sticking to a gentle cleansing soap or other agent, and seeing a certified dermatologist if your acne persists.

3. You Have to Let Acne Run its Course.

Not keeping up with washing your skin or treating acne can lead to an increase in acne and possible scarring. It is important to see a dermatologist for acne treatment early on to prevent the situation from being exacerbated.


Contact us today to schedule a consultation and learn how MOD Dermatology can effectively treat your acne.