Acne is a very common skin condition among Americans. Its severity ranges from person to person, with some getting the occasional blemish to others experiencing painful outbreaks. The good news: there are a variety of treatments available for every type of acne, regardless of age. Call or schedule an appointment online at Annandale Primary Care in Annandale, Virginia, to formulate an acne-fighting plan so you can put your best face forward.
Acne affects about 50 million Americans and is the most common skin issue in the U.S. Teenagers and adults get it, and acne does not discriminate against ethnicity.
In fact, acne is a common problem for women in their 30s to 50s. It may come as a surprise, too, that newborns can have acne.
When your skin’s pores get clogged with dead skin cells, cells don’t always slough off as they should. As your skin creates oil (sebum), the dead skin cells stick together, become trapped, and clog the pore, causing a pimple.
Bacteria can also clog a pore, resulting in acne that multiplies across your skin’s surface.
Over-the-counter acne treatments can be very effective in treating mild cases, such as an occasional pimple on your chin or forehead. But, if you have extensive acne or severe acne with many cysts and nodules, you should see a doctor for prescription treatment.
Acne prescription medications come in multiple forms, from topical creams and face washes to pills you take orally. The topical treatments target either the bacteria that causes your acne or reduce the production of oil on your skin with antibiotics, salicylic acid, or benzoyl peroxide. In severe cases, your doctor at Annandale Primary Care may recommend a prescription oral antibiotic or hormone therapy, such as birth control pills.
Acne and dermatitis are not one in the same. Acne results from clogged pores, while dermatitis produces inflammation when your skin contacts an allergen or another trigger. Both cause small red pustules, which is why people may think they’re the same.
There are several treatments for acne available. Your doctor at Annandale Primary Care reviews your medical history and examines your skin before recommending the best course of treatment to rid your face of blemishes.
Your acne treatment may include:
Cleanliness is key to keeping acne away. Wash your face at least twice a day, and always after sweating. Use a non-abrasive, gentle cleanser and avoid scrubbing your skin -- it can make acne worse! And do not squeeze or pop your pimples; it’s better for your skin to clear and heal on its own, and you may develop scars. High cholesterol contributes to heart disease, the leading cause of death and disability in the U.S. When you have too much bad (LDL) cholesterol, it can build up in your arteries and cause a narrowing or blockage. This is the main cause of heart attacks and can also cause a stroke. Make sure your cholesterol isn’t reaching dangerous heights, make an appointment with the skilled doctors at Annandale Primary Care today for a checkup.