Understanding the Causes of Acne

Acne is a condition that can affect individuals of varying age groups, with teenagers being particularly susceptible. It is primarily triggered when pores become clogged with dead skin cells. While the body naturally sheds these cells, an increased production of sebum (the skin’s natural oil) can cause these cells to clump together within the pores. This accumulation, along with the presence of bacteria, can lead to redness, inflammation, and the development of acne blemishes.

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Types of Acne

Acne is a versatile condition that can manifest in various ways. The most common symptoms are blackheads and whiteheads, typically appearing on the face and shoulders. These are non-inflammatory types of acne. However, acne can also present in other forms, including:

  • Papules: Painful pink- or red-colored lumps.
  • Pustules: Lesions filled with white or yellow pus.
  • Nodules: Deep, penetrating lumps that often cause discomfort.
  • Cysts: Deeper within the skin and often filled with pus.

Acne Treatment Options

The Journey Starts with a Diagnosis

Your path to clear, healthy skin begins with a thorough evaluation and diagnosis by our board-certified dermatology team. Your doctor will meticulously assess your skin, determining the type and severity of your acne. This information is the foundation for a personalized treatment plan tailored to your unique needs.

Effective Treatment Approaches

The primary method for addressing acne is topical medications, which can target bacteria on your skin or reduce your skin’s oil production. Additionally, we offer a range of treatment options, including:

  • Antibiotics
  • Hormone regulation through birth control and other methods
  • Laser therapy
  • Chemical peels
  • “Drainage and extraction” acne removal

Your board-certified dermatologist will guide you in selecting the treatment approach best suited to your specific requirements.

Comprehensive Aftercare

During and after your acne treatment, we will provide comprehensive guidance on caring for your skin. Aftercare involves simple routines, such as washing your face twice daily and after rigorous exercise or sweating. We recommend using a gentle, non-abrasive cleanser applied with your fingertips, as excessive scrubbing can worsen acne symptoms.

Acne Treatment FAQs

If you’re suffering from acne, you are not alone. Over 5.1 million people seek treatment for acne in any given year, according to the American Academy of Dermatology Association. Teenagers are specifically prone to acne because of their fluctuating hormones, but acne is common in adults as well. Hormonal changes, stress, environmental factors, a woman’s menstrual cycle, certain skincare products, sweat, or genetics can all play a part in causing adult acne.

Inflammation of acne lesions can lead to acne scars. The pore wall breaks down, causing the acne pore to expand. Some acne lesions are tiny, leaving superficial scars that heal fast. To treat the scar, the skin produces new collagen fibers. Other forms of acne can lead to more permanent scarring, especially when extractions are attempted by someone other than a board-certified dermatologist.

Acne treatments, especially those that involve topical medications such as benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, or prescription retinoids, can sometimes cause dryness as a side effect. These treatments are designed to target acne by removing excess oil and promoting skin turnover, which can lead to temporary dryness and flakiness. It’s important to use these treatments as directed by your dermatologist and to incorporate a moisturizer into your skincare routine to help mitigate dryness. If dryness becomes severe or persistent, consulting with your doctor can help adjust the treatment plan for better tolerance.

It’s essential to differentiate between the initial worsening of acne during the purging phase and a negative reaction to a particular product. If your skin doesn’t show improvement after a few weeks or you experience severe irritation, it’s advisable to consult with Dr. Feinstein, a board-certified dermatologist. He can guide you on whether to continue the current treatment or make adjustments based on your skin’s response.

Feel Good About Your Skin

At Feinstein Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery, we’re more than just skincare experts in the heart of the Palm Beaches – we’re your partners in feeling good about your skin, for life. Our commitment is to help you embrace your skin’s natural beauty and maintain a healthy, confident glow. We understand that your skin reflects your well-being, and we’re dedicated to making you feel comfortable in your own skin. Don’t wait to take that first step towards your skincare journey – schedule a consultation at our office for acne treatment in Delray Beach, FL today at (561) 498-4407, and let us be the dermatologists who are there for you, every step of the way.