5 Quick Facts about Acne

  • Acne is the most common skin condition in the United States. It affects up to 85% of people at some point in their lives.
  • There are different types of acne, including blackheads, whiteheads, papules, pustules, nodules, and cysts. Blackheads and whiteheads are non-inflammatory, while papules, pustules, nodules, and cysts are inflammatory.
  • There is no cure for acne, but it can be managed with a variety of treatments, including topical medications, oral medications, and lifestyle changes.
  • Acne can cause emotional distress, but it is important to remember that it is a common and treatable condition.
  • Acne is caused by a combination of factors, including hormones, oil production, and bacteria. When oil and dead skin cells clog the pores, bacteria can grow and cause inflammation, which leads to pimples.

There are several reasons for acne but it’s difficult to predict what the severity will be. If you are struggling with acne, talk to your doctor or skin care specialist about treatment options. There are many different treatments including facials, over-the-counter topical skincare products, prescription medications, and light therapy.

Symptoms of Acne

Whiteheads: Whiteheads are small, raised bumps that are filled with white sebum.
Blackheads: Blackheads are similar to whiteheads, but they are open at the top and filled with a mixture of sebum and dead skin cells.
Pimples: Pimples are red, inflamed bumps that are filled with pus.
Cysts: Cysts are large, deep bumps that are filled with pus and dead skin cells. Cysts can be painful and can leave scars.

Luckily there are really good treatments and topical skincare products available for targeting acne. Understanding the grades of acne (and how severe it is) is the path to finding the best course of action for your personal acne situation. A professional skin analysis will provide you with all the information you need to get started with professional facial treatments and supporting home care.

Treatments such as chemical peels and microneedling can be very effective for treating the signs of acne. A deep pore cleansing facial will help to unclog pores and absorb oil to relieve congested skin. When professional facials are combined with home care products formulated with ingredients such as Camphor to purify, Sulfur to target bacteria and Totarol to target and diffuse redness you will have an effective arsenal for diminishing the appearance of acne prone skin. Ingredients in your moisturizer should provide deep hydration so your skin won’t dry out. A glycolic acid body wash will also help alleviate any acneic symptoms on the body as well as act as a preventative for the common occurrence of acne moving down the body from the face.

Acne breakouts can have a distressing impact on anyone but don’t despair because it is treatable! Knowing the facts can make a big difference in finding solutions. At Institut’ DERMed Spa we always offer a free skin analysis and consultation. There’s no better time than this month of Acne Awareness to schedule.

Need Expert advice? A professional esthetician can help recommend the best skincare products and treatments for your individual skin.

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