Acne is a common skin disease. It will physically and emotionally impact as much as 85 percent of the population at some point during their lifetimes. It affects both men and women, at all ages, and of all ethnic backgrounds.
Known by many names, acne may be called pimples, pustules, cysts, nodules, whiteheads, blackheads, papules, comedones, blemishes, and zits. Whatever the moniker, without proper acne treatment and prevention, sufferers can be left with permanent scars on their skin and their self-confidence.
What Causes Acne?
Acne occurs when the sebaceous glands become clogged with sebum, oil and dead skin cells at the hair follicle, resulting in inflammation. While the exact causes of acne are not known, hormonal changes are certainly a trigger. Many adolescents suffer from hormonal acne at puberty, and women have flare-ups during monthly cycles, pregnancy, and menopause. Stress, heredity, and nutritional factors can also prompt acne.
Scarring on the face, neck, chest, and back can be left by untreated acne – deep pockmarks, ice-picks, or rough or shiny texture. Those afflicted with serious acne may lose self-esteem, causing them to interact less effectively in social and business situations. Some even suffer depression.
Today’s teens and adults are fortunate to have a number of acne-fighting weapons available to them that combat infection, lessen inflammation, improve skin, and prevent future blemishes:
- Antibiotic and retinoid creams
- Oral antibiotics
- Hormone therapy
- Birth control pills
In addition, exfoliants, laser treatments, and light therapy are used to treat the causes of acne, as well as to remediate scarring.
How to Get Rid of Acne With the Help of Derick Dermatology!
If you have more than mild acne, or if your breakouts don’t respond quickly to over-the-counter medications, get the situation under control quickly with the aid of a dermatologist. The professionals at Derick Dermatology – located in Arlington Heights, Barrington, Bartlett, Buffalo Grove, Crystal Lake, Elgin, McHenry and Park Ridge – will examine your skin and ask questions about your lifestyle, daily routine, and the severity of your breakouts. Whether you’re experiencing an uncharacteristic breakout or you’re suffering from a condition like cystic acne or acne vulgaris, we will design an appropriate treatment and skin care program to manage your acne.
Call us at (847) 381-8899 or contact us online to request your appointment at Derick Dermatology’s Arlington Heights, Barrington, Bartlett, Buffalo Grove, Crystal Lake, Elgin, McHenry and Park Ridge office today. You don’t have to suffer the embarrassment of acne. Enjoy healthy, beautiful skin with expert help from a board-certified dermatologist.