Acne is a common skin problem that affects most people at some point in their life. While acne is most often seen during adolescent, it can affect younger children and adults as well. The problem tends to decrease or disappear before the age of 25, but some people suffer from the skin condition throughout their adulthood. There are many misunderstandings around this skin condition, which can lead to difficulty treating the problem on your own. If you suffer from acne, please make an appointment at our Tucson office to discuss your treatment options. Our dermatologist Dr. Senait Dyson is highly experienced in helping patients of all ages and skin types manage acne.
Acne vulgaris is the medical term for common acne, the kind seen in many teenagers. Acne can present itself on the skin in a number of ways and may appear quiet differently from individual to individual. Most patients experience an increase in oil-sebum secretion, which makes the skin appear more oily or greasy, and present a variety of types of pimples, including blackheads, whiteheads, and pinheads. In some cases, these pimples may become quite large and inflamed. Acne can leave permanent scars on the skin, especially in cases of more severe acne. Acne can also cause psychological and social problems, as sufferers may feel self-conscious or ashamed about their appearance. In order to prevent scarring and to eliminate the acne problem as quickly as possible, you should consult with a qualified dermatologist. While acne is common, there is no need to suffer from it.
Acne occurs when skin pores, or hair follicles, become clogged with excess oil, dead skin cells, and/or bacteria. Hormones are known to affect the skin and are associated with the development of acne. For this reason, we often see acne triggered by changes in hormonal levels that occur during puberty, menstruation, and pregnancy. There are other factors that contribute to acne and its severity, including genetics, skin type, and exposure to bacteria that causes acne. Additionally, it is thought that certain skin care products and dietary elements may promote acne in some patients. Our doctor will work with you to determine the cause of your acne so that the condition can be treated effectively.
There are a wide variety of treatments for acne available today. In some cases, a change to your skin hygiene routine may be sufficient enough to resolve the problem. As a first course of treatment, Dr. Dyson may prescribe certain topical medications such as retinoids, antibiotics, salicylic acid, and/or benzoyl peroxide. More severe cases of acne may require oral medications. In Arizona, our dermatologist has also found that some patients respond well to acne peels. Additionally, some doctors are finding success in the use of laser treatments in cases were bacteria are to blame for the condition. If you suffer from an active acne problem, our cosmetic dermatologist will first aim to correct the problem, and then address earlier acne scarring and hyperpigmentation to improve the overall appearance of your skin.
Located in Tucson, AZ, our doctor has been treating patients with acne for many years. Her caring manner will put you at ease as you work together to find a solution to this frustrating skin problem. Medical treatment for acne is effective and easily accessible – contact us today to take the first step towards regaining clear, smooth, and healthy skin.