Acne is a common skin condition that most people must address at some point during their lives. In most cases, individuals believe that acne is a problem for teens only, as the adolescent years frequently bring many skin imperfections to the surface. However, acne breakouts, and the resulting scars that can occur, affect adults as well. Many teens and adults from Cleveland to Akron seek treatment from the trusted dermatologists at Allied Dermatology and Skin Surgery (with offices in Mayfield Heights, Mentor, and Akron, OH) for clear skin and restored confidence.
What causes acne and acne scarring?
Pimples are common, but many people don’t understand what causes them to occur. Acne can be caused by several factors including hormones that increase oil in the skin; medications, certain foods, such as dairy, chocolate and those high in carbohydrates; and stress.
While the breakouts are temporary, they can cause scars or uneven skin texture. Scarring can be caused by the type of pimple and the skin’s attempt to heal itself; by the patient picking at or popping the pimple in an attempt to remove or reduce it; or by not treating the acne.
How can I avoid acne scarring?
While breakouts are not fun and severe acne can hurt a person’s self-confidence, they typically can be treated effectively. On the other hand, acne scarring can last a lifetime or require advanced treatment. Patients can help avoid scarring by using an acne medication that reduces bacteria and opens the pores. In some cases, patients will find relief by using over the counter medications, while others may need a prescription regimen and the help of a trusted dermatologist. Patients who already have acne scars can minimize the appearance of those scars with dermatology treatments such as chemical peels, laser resurfacing, or dermal fillers.
For more information about improving and protecting the appearance of your skin, call Allied Dermatology and Skin Surgery at 1-866-337-6631 today.