As the most common skin condition in the United States, acne affects more than 50 million Americans each year. Though it is most often associated with adolescents and teenagers, acne can affect a wide range of ages, from infants to adults. Unfortunately, there’s no one-treatment-cures-all when it comes to acne. At MOD dermatology, we work with our clients to provide the best possible acne treatment for their unique needs.
What is Acne?
Our skin is constantly regenerating, and in the process, dead skin cells rise to the surface of our pores and are shed from our skin. Yet, sometimes a naturally-occurring oil called sebum prevents this process from happening. When your body produces excess sebum, an oil that moisturizes your skin, it can cause skin cells to become trapped inside pores. If these clogged pores fill with the bacteria that lives on our skin (p. acnes), they can become inflamed, leading to acne. Acne can take many forms, such as blackheads and whiteheads (collectively known as comedones), cysts, pimples, nodules, and papules, and is most often found on the face, neck, chest, and back.
Common Acne Misconceptions
Misconceptions about acne are as common as the condition itself. Having a better understanding of acne, why it occurs, and how it’s prevented, can help you find an effective treatment.
1. Acne Only Affects Teenagers.
Though acne is notorious for its relentless appearance during teenage years, acne can affect people of all ages. Even newborns can get acne, and adult acne amongst women is on the rise. In fact, about 30% of acne starts in adulthood.
2. Washing Your Face More Will Cure Acne.
Though good hygiene is crucial for preventing acne breakouts, there are sometimes other factors that can cause stubborn acne, such as hormonal imbalances and excess sebum production. Washing your face more won’t guarantee clear skin; in fact, harsh scrubs can make breakouts and inflammation worse. It’s best to stick to washing your face twice daily with a gentle cleanser. Acne that isn’t going away with at-home treatment can often be treated with prescriptions or procedures recommended by your dermatologist.
3. You Have to Let Acne Run its Course.
Another common misconception is that acne, especially amongst teens, just has to run its course. However, early treatment can actually prevent acne from getting worse and can prevent permanent scarring, reducing the negative impact that acne can have on self-esteem and mental health.
At MOD Dermatology, we offer several different acne treatment options. Your dermatologist will work with you to find the method that works best for you and your skin.
Some of the most common acne treatments include the following:
- Topical Creams and Gels that Target Bacteria
- Prescription Topical Retinoids and Comedolytics
- Oral or Topical Antibiotics
- Hormonal Birth Control Pills
- Chemical Peels
- Light Therapy
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