Acne is the most common skin condition in the United States, affecting approximately 40 to 50 million Americans annually. Acne is the term for plugged pores (blackheads and whiteheads), pimples, and even deeper lumps (cysts or nodules) that occur on the face, neck, chest, back, shoulders and occasionally the upper arms. While it is something that mostly effects teens, a significant number of adults are also affected by this skin condition. What exactly causes acne? Its cause can be contributed to many factors affecting the skin. Typically, overactive sebaceous oil glands can produce too much oil and combine with skin cells to plug pores causing bumps to form above the skin.
Although the condition itself isn’t life threatening, it can be embarrassing, leave potential scaring if severe, and not great for our self-esteem. That’s’ where we at WDC come in! There are a number of treatment options for moderate to severe cases that your dermatologist can come up with a treatment plan to best suit the type and severity of your acne.
Treatment is designed to prevent formation of new lesions and aid the healing of old lesions. Treatment may consist of topical creams or gels containing retinoic acid, benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, topical antibiotics or oral antibiotics. It is important to remember that there is no quick fix for acne and not every patient will respond the same. It typically takes 6-8 weeks to see initial results and a combination approach is often necessary. Severe or refractory cases may need treatment with isotretinoin or Accutane® which are extremely effective, but have potentially serious side effects. Surgical intervention may include professional chemical skin peeling, laser or light treatments such as Blu-u, removal and/or drainage of cysts, and/or intralesional cortisone injections.
We are also currently recruiting for an acne study in our research department. What can this do for you? You can get potentially FREE, that’s right, FREE treatment for your moderate to severe acne. Contact our office today to see if you may be a candidate in the study to help us learn more about new and upcoming treatments for this sometimes chronic skin condition.