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Though acne is typically seen as something people have to deal with in their teen years, people of all ages can struggle with acne. Acne can be painful, can cause self-image issues, and can cause permanent damage to the skin by leaving noticeable acne scars.
Treating acne can also be challenging, time-consuming, and expensive. Some products and treatments provide little to no results. Other more expensive options can help, but once you stop using them, the problem recurs. Many people spend a large portion of their adult lives searching for effective acne treatment.
What Is Acne?
Acne is an inflammatory skin condition that occurs as a result of the buildup of bacteria in the skin. This buildup causes an infection, resulting in the formation of blackheads, whiteheads, pimples, and larger pus-filled lumps. How does this infection occur? The typical cause is clogged follicles on the face.
Follicles are connected to oil glands, and the follicles allow the oil produced by the glands to reach the surface of the skin through the pores on the face. In some cases, the follicle can become clogged by the buildup of dead skin cells, oil, and hair. Bacteria begin to grow and collect within the clogged follicle and cause an infection, which can result in swelling, redness, and the buildup of pus.
What Causes Acne?
There are several factors that can contribute to the severity and frequency of acne. Some of these factors are avoidable, while others may be difficult to control. Anything that causes the excess production of oil can increase the severity and likelihood of developing acne.
Certain hormones can cause oil glands to produce excess amounts of oil, which increases the chances of developing a clogged follicle. This is why puberty causes so many people to experience acne during their teen years. Pregnancy and certain medications can also cause people to develop acne due to their effects on hormone production.
While additional research is required to understand how a person’s diet causes acne, research has shown that certain foods can trigger or worsen the symptoms of acne. Stress has also been shown to be a factor that can cause an increase in acne. Genetics also plays a role. In cases where both parents suffered from acne, the likelihood of their child experiencing acne is increased.
Do You Need Professional Help for Your Acne?
Some people do find success with over-the-counter products when it comes to treating their acne, but this is not the case for everyone. In cases of severe acne, it is best to seek out professional care from an experienced dermatologist.
At Houck Dermatology, we are dedicated to finding personalized solutions to all of your skin-care concerns . Our board-certified dermatologist, Dr. Gregory Houck, can take the time to examine the condition of your skin and determine the cause of your acne.
Acne Treatment Cost
The cost for acne treatment will depend on several factors. The number of sessions will influence the final price, as will the severity of the cosmetic issues being addressed.
Schedule a Consultation
Please contact us today if you have any questions about the treatment of acne in Naples or Bonita Springs or would like to schedule a consultation at Houck Dermatology. We will build the ideal treatment plan for you in order to help you achieve smoother, more radiant skin.