Top Causes of Acne and How To Treat It
By Integrated Dermatology
July 14, 2014
Do you remember picture day in high school? Back then, almost nothing was more important than getting up early to look your best for school pictures, save maybe earning your driver’s license or retrieving your diploma from the school principal at graduation. Looking back through yearbook photos can be a bit funny, depending on how much trends have changed since the time you graduated or how different you look now than you did back then. Silly clothes and hairstyles aren’t the only things that cause some people to cringe when they see pictures of themselves as teenagers. Sadly, something that causes quite a few high-school children a significant amount of self-consciousness is their own skin.
Every year, about eighty percent of teenagers in the United States struggle with some form of acne. Pimples and blemishes are certainly a source of social anxiety for those affected, but for many people with acne, the spots are also painful. Below are some of the known causes of acne and a few ways we recommend treating it.
How Acne Forms
The thing that makes acne so troublesome is that it occurs a result of normal body functions. Even in skin that is perfectly healthy, oil glands produce a substance known as sebum, which rises through the hair follicle and spills out onto the surface of the skin. As it does so, it picks up and carries any dead skin cells with which it comes into contact. When the sebum flow gets backed up, which can happen easily, dead skin cells are trapped beneath the surface of the skin and whiteheads and blackheads develop. Once formed, these types of acne can become inflamed, causing red blemishes and pustules.
Treating Your Acne
Because ridding your skin of acne involves combatting your body’s natural oil production, treatment is often a slow process. Currently no miracle, overnight remedies are available to treat acne. There are, however, a few medications that help clear up blemishes and prevent them from recurring.
- Benzoyl peroxide reduces blockages in the hair follicles that cause acne
- Oral or topical antibiotics treat infection present in skin pores
- Hormone therapy is used to treat hormonally induced acne, usually in older women
- Tretinoin helps break up material in whiteheads/blackheads and is one of the most common drugs used to treat acne
Your dermatologist is the best resource for information about possible treatment options and which one will work best for you. Integrated Dermatology of West Palm Beach promises satisfying results and star treatment. We even have a Spanish-speaking dermatologist on staff! To learn more about acne treatment in the West Palm Beach area, call (561) 964-6664 today.