Most people develop acne at some point during their life. Though common, there’s no reason you need to wait for your acne to clear up on its own. At Dermatology Associates of Western Pennsylvania in Coraopolis, Pennsylvania, Michael Osofsky, MD, Brian Pucevich, MD, Saba Ali, MD, and the expert team provide individualized care for acne, using a wide range of treatments to give you clearer skin. To improve the look of your skin, call the office or request your acne consultation online today.
Acne is a common skin condition that happens when clogged pores and bacteria create inflammation that causes blackheads and whiteheads, pimples, and deeper cysts or nodules that occur on the face, neck, chest, back, shoulders, and occasionally the upper arms. Acne affects people of all ages from infancy up to adulthood.
Acne is most common during puberty because of an increase in the production of androgen hormones. These hormones cause your sebaceous glands to grow and produce more oil. The heavy oil traps the dead skin cells and bacteria in your pores, creating the perfect environment for bacteria to grow, resulting in inflammation.
Acne comes in many forms. The types include:
Blackheads are open clogged pores. Though it looks like the pores are filled with dirt, blackheads look dark because of how light reflects off the open pore.
Whiteheads are closed clogged pores that create skin-colored bumps.
When bacteria grow in your closed pore, you develop pimples, causing small red or pink bumps.
Pustules are red-ringed pimples filled with pus. Picking at pustules causes acne scars.
Nodules are solid skin bumps. They grow in the deeper layers of your skin and are large and painful.
Cysts are pus-filled pimples that develop in the deep layers of your skin. Like nodules, cysts are large and painful.
The Dermatology Associates of Western Pennsylvania team conducts a thorough evaluation when you come in looking for solutions for your acne. They provide acne care for all ages, including infants, children, teens, and adults.
Your dermatologist carefully examines your skin to determine acne type and the severity of your skin condition. They also review your medical history and at-home skin care routine.
The dermatologists at Dermatology Associates of Western Pennsylvania individualize acne treatment based on your skin and acne type. Some of the treatment options that can clear up your acne include:
When starting your acne treatment plan, your skin condition may initially seem to worsen before you see improvements. Because it takes time for skin cells to turnover, you may not see improvements in your skin until about 6-8 weeks after starting treatment.
For expert acne care from a team who wants to help you get clearer skin, call Dermatology Associates of Western Pennsylvania or schedule an appointment online today.