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 an 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 begins to grow and collect within the clogged follicle and causes 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 play 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
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.
From there, Dr. Houck can work to develop a personalized skin-care
plan that can provide you with the results you need. Contact Houck Dermatology
today to schedule a consultation.