Isn’t acne just an inevitable part of adolescence?
Although acne often affects teens, it’s not isolated to this age group. Today, adult women develop acne in greater numbers. And, even if acne is common, that doesn’t mean people with acne don’t deserve treatment. When left to run its course, acne may cause permanent scarring or discoloration. Treating acne can also offer a great boost in self-esteem.
How do I know if I have acne?
If you develop a pimple every few months, it’s unlikely that you have acne. But chronic pimples, blackheads, whiteheads, cyst, and nodules on your back, face, chest, upper arms, buttocks, or neck indicates that you may have acne.
Why do I have acne?
Clogged pores lead to acne. They clog if your skin isn’t shedding dead skin quickly enough, and you’re overproducing sebum (a natural oil that keeps your skin soft.) When bacteria gets inside clogged pores, it makes your acne matters worse. The bacteria breeds and multiplies, causing redness and swelling.
How can Dr. Shabazz help?
Seeking treatment for acne helps your physical and emotional health. People with acne tend to be more susceptible to depression and low self-esteem, which may manifest as poor grades in youth.
Over-the-counter acne treatments may help clear up mild cases of acne or occasional outbreaks, but more serious outbreaks require a dermatologist’s help. Dr. Shabazz evaluates what treatment works best for your particular case — not everyone needs the same treatment. Creams and gels target certain bacteria; oral medications such as antibiotics clear up acne caused by system-wide inflammation; and certain treatments, such as laser therapy and chemical peels, reduce scarring and fade dark spots.
How can I manage acne?
Even when under treatment for acne, your healthy personal habits help managing your acne. Washing the regions affected by acne regularly is essential, especially after sweating. Avoid scrubbing and using harsh products. Gentle cleansers and lukewarm rinses are usually sufficient. Avoid the sun, especially when taking certain acne medications, as it may make scarring worse.