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Acne and Acne Scarring

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Acne
Acne

Acne

Don’t let your acne define you. Take control of your skin. Acne can be distressing and annoyingly persistent. Acne typically appears on your face, neck, chest, back and shoulders where you have the largest number of functional oil glands. Click the Arrow to read more.

Lesions heal slowly and, just as one begins to resolve, others seem to crop up. Although teenagers most commonly develop Acne due to changes in hormones, people of all ages can get Acne. Some adult women experience Acne due to hormonal changes, their menstrual cycles, stress or starting and stopping birth control pills. Depending on its severity, Acne can cause emotional distress and lead to scarring of the skin. The good news is that effective treatments are available, and the earlier treatment is started, the lower your risk of lasting physical and emotional damage.

Contrary to what some people think, greasy foods and chocolate have little effect on acne. Studies are ongoing to determine whether other dietary factors — including high-starch foods, such as bread, bagels and chips, which increase blood sugar — may play a role in Acne. Acne isn’t caused by dirt. In fact, scrubbing the skin too hard or cleansing with harsh soaps or chemicals irritates the skin and can make acne worse. Simple cleansing of the skin to remove excess oil and dead skin cells is all that’s required.

RISK FACTORS

  • Hormonal changes in teenagers.
  • Women and teenage girls, two to seven days befrore their periods and pregnant women.
  • People using certain medications, including cortisone.
  • Direct skin exposure to greasy or oily substances, or to certain cosmetics applied directly to the skin.
  • A Family history of Acne — if your parents had Acne, you're likely to develop it too.
  • Friction or pressure on your skin caused by various items, such as telephones or cell phones, helmets, shoulder pads and chin straps in football, backpacks.
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Acne Scarring
Acne Scarring

Acne Scarring

Acne scarring can be one of the most frustrating things to deal with because as we age it actually gets worse. We become your partner in treating your acne scarring and have many options to choose from that will best suit your specific concerns. Click the arrow to learn more about treatment options.

Acne scarring can manifest with either raised or depressed scars. Each type is caused by different circumstances. When your body begins to patch up the affected area by creating Collagen fibrous tissue, it can literally go into overdrive, called hypertrophy, and produces too much Collagen in response to the damaged tissue. The fibers pile on top of each other, resulting in a raised mass of new skin tissue. The new tissues are often called keloids and are most commonly located on the chest, back and shoulders.

If an insufficient amount of Collagen fibers are created to heal the skin, it can result in depressed scars. These can appear as tiny “dents,” rippling or “ice pick scars” across the affected area. These are far more common than keloids and affect the face more frequently.

Options for treating Acne Scarring Include:
Chemical peels
Microneedling with PRP
Fraxel Laser resurfacing
TOTALFX Co2 laser resurfacing
Picosure laser

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