Most people are concerned about their looks and will do what they can to maintain their image, including skin care. Although many chronic skin conditions are not completely curable, they are treatable and with the help of your dermatologist, can be managed.
Acne begins when the skins sebaceous glands cause secretions that plug up the hair follicle openings. When an opening is large, blackheads appear and if the opening is small, whiteheads appear. Both types of acne (clogged pores) can cause swelling, inflammation, pimple and/or nodules.
Acne is typically associated with adolescence; however, adult acne is also common. Acne is typically on the face; however, it can occur on the back, neck, shoulders, chest and upper arms as well. The primary cause of acne is due to heredity and/or hormones.
There are a number of effective treatments for acne and your dermatologists will do a thorough examination of your skin to determine the best treatment for you. Some of the most common acne treatments include over the counter medication, oral contraceptives and cosmetic procedures such as photodynamic therapy, Blu-U light therapy, chemical peels, and microdermabrasion/vibradermabrsion.