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Acne is caused by many factors. Overactive oil glands can produce too much oil and combine with skin cells to plug pores. When the pores in the skin become plugged, bacteria on the skin multiply, causing skin lesions. The following can bring on acne or make it worse:
  • Heredity/genetics
  • Hormones
  • Menstruation
  • Emotional stress
  • Medications

Signs & Symptoms of Acne

Symptoms can vary from blackheads, pimples, or bumps of different sizes which could be tender, and red.

Treatments for Acne

Acne treatment needs to be individualized to the patient for a successful outcome. There are many forms of acne and many patients with different needs and lifestyles. Our physicians will customize a plan that works best for your skin type and lifestyle.

These are some helpful tips on how to care for acne:

  • Gently wash affected areas twice a day and after sweating with mild, nondrying cleanser. Vigorous washing and scrubbing can irritate your skin and make acne worse.
  • Shampoo hair often — daily if it is oily.
  • Use noncomedogenic, nonacnegenic, and oil-free cosmetics, toiletries, and sunscreens.
  • Avoid astringents, toners, and exfoliants, which may unnecessarily dry the skin.
  • To prevent scars, do not pop, squeeze, or pick at acne.
  • To reduce the risk of scarring, seek treatment early for severe acne that does not respond to over-the-counter medications.