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Acne Treatment in Miami

What is acne?

Acne is a very common skin condition that occurs when your pores become clogged. Whether it’s with excessive oil, dead skin cells, or bacteria, the pores are blocked and form what is known as a “whitehead” or “blackhead.” It can also cause a pimple–a small red bump that is often filled with pus. Most commonly, acne appears on the face, but it could also show up on the neck, back, check, and other areas of your body.

Acne & Rosacea at Greater Miami Skin & Laser CenterWhile acne is most common during adolescence, it can also appear throughout a person’s adult years. The best way to treat and prevent acne is by visiting with an experienced acne doctor at your local dermatology office.

What are the main causes of acne?

When acne occurs, it is the result of clogged, oily pores. But what causes the pores to clog up more than usual? And why do some people get terrible acne, while others seem to have clear skin their whole lives?

While it may seem like there are people out there who have never had a pimple or outbreak a day in their lives, that is most likely not true. Almost everyone has experienced some level of acne or an acne breakout at some point during their life. Most often, acne is triggered by one of the following:

  • Hormones
  • Stress
  • Food choices
  • Skin sensitivity
  • Poor hygiene

At what age does acne go away?

Acne is most commonly seen between age 10 and age 20, and for most people, acne is not an issue after this age range. However, acne can come and go throughout your life, depending on your skin type and how you react to triggers like food choice, hygiene, changing hormones, and stress.

Why is my face breaking out all of a sudden?

If it seems like your skin is suddenly breaking out and you have never noticed pimples before now, there could be something that you are doing that is triggering the condition. Stop and ask yourself these questions and then consult with a dermatologist:

  • Have you recently changed your diet?
  • Have you been eating oily foods?
  • Have you recently changed your skincare regimen?
  • Are you showering or washing your face on the same schedule as normal?
  • Have you recently changed medications?
  • Are you feeling more stressed than usual?
  • Are you going through hormone changes?

While there may not be one answer that solves your acne problem, thinking about these questions prior to your dermatology visit will help your doctor better understand what could be contributing to your acne breakouts.

Does acne get worse before it gets better?

Some acne treatments will require your skin to go through what is known as a “detox” period, which can cause your skin to see like it’s getting worse than before. This typically subsides within a few weeks, after which you will notice your acne clearing up. Be sure to check in with your dermatologist as needed, and always reach out if you have concerns about your acne worsening or new symptoms.

Can acne be cured?

Acne is not “cured” per se, but it can be successfully treated by a dermatologist. Speaking with an experienced acne doctor is the first step to managing and reducing your acne breakouts. Some of the most successful means of acne management include taking acne medication, using over-the-counter or prescription creams and cleansers, managing your diet, and avoiding certain acne triggers. Check with a dermatologist to learn more about your skin type and what acne solutions would work best for your condition.

What is the best treatment for acne?

The best acne treatment for you will be determined by your dermatologist and varies from person to person depending on the symptoms you are concerned about, the condition of your skin, and your skin type. Some of the possible skin treatments that can help clear up your acne include the following:

  • Topical acne medications
    • Antibiotics
    • Salicylic acid
    • Dapsone gel
  • Acne pills
    • Antibiotics
    • Contraceptives
    • Isotretinoin
    • Anti-androgen agents (for women)
  • Steroid injections for acne
  • Laser acne therapy
  • Chemical peels for acne
  • Whitehead extraction therapy
  • Blackhead extraction therapy

 

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