All About Acne

Acne is a common condition that causes blocked pores, pimples, nodules, cysts and other lesions on the skin of the face, neck, chest, back, shoulders and upper arms. Although teenagers are often affected, adults of any age can suffer from acne. Acne is not life-threatening, but can lead to physical disfigurement, poor self-esteem and emotional distress. It develops when pores become clogged, either from an overproduction of oil, a buildup of bacteria or a shedding of dead skin cells.  The cause of excess oil production is unknown but is believed to involve a combination of several factors, including hormones, bacteria, heredity and, in some cases, the use of certain medications. Contrary to popular belief, chocolate, greasy foods and dirty skin do not cause acne.    

Acne can be considered mild, moderate or severe and no matter what type you have, there are treatment options for you.  Acne treatment methods aim to reduce oil production and increase the speed of skin-cell turnover to prevent new blemishes from developing as well as reduce inflammation. Topical creams and ointments applied to the affected area are often the first form of treatment used to treat acne. Over-the-counter creams and ointments, which are used to treat mild forms of acne, may contain benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid or lactic acid as their active ingredient. Prescription topical treatments may contain higher concentrations of these active ingredients, as well as retinoic or azelaic acid. Moderate cases of acne can often be treated with prescription oral antibiotics, which reduce bacteria and inflammation. They are often combined with topical treatments. Isotretinoin (Accutane) may be prescribed for severe cases of acne that do not respond to other treatment methods. Some Luminary providers are able to prescribe Accutane; teens in search of acne treatment in Sarasota should contact our office nearest you.

Our goal at Luminary Dermatology is to provide you with the safest, most effective acne treatment. After a thorough examination of the skin, we will work together to devise a plan to treat your acne and get you on the right track to clearer, healthier skin. Luminary has locations all over the greater Sarasota and Manatee counties. If you, or someone you know, are in search of dermatology care in Bradenton, FL or Sarasota, FL we are happy to help! We pride our team in being the top dermatologists Sarasota has to offer. Visit our locations page for more information.

Written by Samantha Bono, PA-C

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