What causes acne?
Acne starts when oil and dead skin cells clog the skin's pores. If germs get into the pores, the result can be swelling, redness, and pus. For most people, acne starts during the teen years. This is because hormone changes after puberty make the skin more oily. You do not get acne from eating chocolate or greasy foods, but you can make it worse by using oily skin products that clog your pores.
Acne can run in families. If one of your parents had severe acne, you are more likely to have it.
What are the symptoms?
Symptoms of acne include whiteheads, blackheads, and pimples. These can occur on the face, neck, shoulders, back, or chest. Pimples that are large and deep are called cystic lesions. These can be painful if they get infected. They also can scar the skin.
How is acne treated?
To help control acne, keep your skin clean. Avoid skin products that clog your pores. Look for products that say non-comedogenic on the label. Wash your skin once or twice a day with a gentle soap or acne wash. Try not to scrub or pick at your pimples. This can make them worse and can cause scars.
If your pimples are really bothering you or are scarring your skin, come see one of our physicians. A prescription gel or cream for your skin may be all you need. Sometimes antibiotic pills are prescribed. Depending on your needs, a mix of treatments may work best. If you are female, taking certain birth control pills may help as well.
What can be done about acne scars?
There are skin treatments that can help acne scars look better and feel smoother. Ask one of our physicians about the options that are right for you.
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