Acne

ThinkstockPhotos-158760591-minAcne is a common skin problem that most affects teenagers and young adults, but it can also affect those in later adult years. It is caused by oil and dead skin cells that clog the skin’s pores. Swelling and redness can occur if germs or bacteria get into the pores.

Causes of acne:

  • Genes
  • Hormones
  • Infections
  • Stress
  • Excessive sweating
  • Taking certain medicines

Skin conditions can take a toll on your self-esteem, especially those going through puberty. Acne happens most in teen and young adult years because males and females begin to produce more testosterone during this time, which causes oil glands to produce more oil.

Different kinds of acne:

  • Blackheads
  • Whiteheads or milia
  • Pimples
  • Cystic acne (embedded in skin tissue)
  • Cystic lesions (red and tender lump under the skin)

Most acne will go away within four to six weeks, however, there are severe cases of acne that would require treatments from a dermatologist. If your acne doesn’t get better after three months, you are developing scars from your acne, or there is a medical history of acne, then you should contact a dermatologist. They can prescribe stronger medication for your acne to help it clear up, whether it is on your face, neck, shoulders, or back. Certain kinds of acne can cause scars on your skin, and a dermatologist can recommend how to treat the scars, like dermabrasion and laser resurfacing.

White Rock Dermatology will work with you to understand the cause of your acne and the best ways to treat it. Located in Dallas, TX, White Rock’s doctors have years of experience treating skin conditions, including acne. Contact us or request an appointment for additional information about how White Rock Dermatology can help you with acne conditions and treatments.