Acne is a common skin condition, with nearly 3 million Americans affected yearly. Acne affects teens and young adults most commonly, but it can also significantly affect adults later in life.
Unfortunately, depending on its severity, acne can cause complexion changes and emotional distress and may lead to issues with skin scarring and unhealthy skin care behaviors. Therefore, it is important to seek medical treatment if your acne has not seen improvement through at-home remedies to prevent permanent skin changes.
Dermatology of Athens is trained on the complexities of acne and can provide tailored, effective solutions centered around your needs.
Acne varies by individual, ranging from clogged pores to nodules, or large, painful lumps beneath the skin. Because symptoms are different for each person, what might be effective for one person may not be effective for you.
The four main factors that cause acne include:
Acne can affect various areas on the body, most commonly including the face, chest, shoulders and back.
Diet can cause an increase in acne symptoms. Carbohydrate-rich foods and skim milk may make acne worse. For people who wear makeup, we recommend non-comedogenic products. Look for products labeled “oil-free.”
Although a tan can mask acne, sunlight can age the skin and cause skin cancer; therefore, you should avoid tanning, sunburns and choose a lightweight moisturizer that is oil-free.
The control of acne is ongoing. Although acne treatments work to prevent new breakouts, existing blemishes must heal on their own.
Your doctor will assess your skin and suggest the best treatment for your condition. He or she may suggest topical creams or lotions; inject cortisone into cystic lesions; or prescribe oral medications. However, it is important to speak with your doctor as he or she will be able to provide a personalized regimen to help you achieve healthy skin.
. However, it is important to speak with your doctor as he or she will be able to provide quick, effective relief for your troubled skin.
If you struggle to find relief from your acne, we can help. Dermatology of Athens is a leader in effective, compassionate acne solutions. Whether you’re a teenager that needs an acne game plan or an older adult that needs additional assistance, we can provide you with the solution that makes sense for you — no matter your age.