What is Acne?
Acne can come in many forms. However, for this site we are mainly concerned with Acne Vulgaris, the most common type referred to as “zits” or “pimples.” You should also be aware that the commonly found rosacea (Acne Rosacea) is also a form of acne, but will not be discussed throughout this site. Throughout your readings on this site, when acne is referred to you should assume it to be Acne Vulgaris unless otherwise noted.
There are a few common types of acne, including blackheads, whiteheads, papules and pustules. Your skin’s natural oils not being able to get to the surface cause all of these forms of acne. This is what is commonly referred to as having clogged pores. Beneath the skin, in your pores, is where the acne forms. The mix of your natural oils and dead skin cells cause the formation of acne.
Keeping your pores clear and clean is vital in your acne treatment regimen. A blocked pore allows the oil and skin cells to mix, forming one of many types of acne. With whiteheads and pustules you may be able to pop the pimple if it seems like it is ready to burst through the skin. Never try and pop a pimple if it is deep below the skin, it could cause the bacteria to burrow deeper into the skin, causing greater damage. Papules are little red dots that should not be attempted to pop or squeeze. It will cause further irritation and no other results. Blackheads are often the most frustrating of acne to get rid of. It has a larger life span than pustules and whiteheads and may be deeper within the skin. Therefore, a blackhead can take many weeks before it drains to the top of the skin. If you suffer from blackheads you should consult your dermatologist for proper treatment.
All types of acne are treatable, whether you are prone to blackheads or common pimples; there are plenty of medications, both prescription and over the counter that can assist you. As you can see though, acne forms beneath the skin, meaning it is crucial to keep your pores clean to allow for oil to escape to the top of the skin. Washing your face a few times a day is the first step in keeping your pores clean and clear.
At the Institute of Anti-Aging Medicine and Skin Spa, we can restore the true clarity of your skin through our advanced chemical peels, pharmaceutical grade products, and even prescriptions. Some of the most powerful antibacterial agents ever identified are included in our treatments, and are endorsed by the American Academy of Dermatology. Our treatments are safe and well tolerated by most individuals.
Treatment and products recommendated for Acne: (Available online and in our office)
- Glycolic Cleasner
- Microderm Cream
- Retin- A (by prescription)
- Accutane (by prescription)
- Chemicals Peels