Acne is the most common skin condition in the United States and more adults are developing blemishes than in decades past. Even though it is the most common skin condition, there are many myths about treating acne, so it is important to have accurate information. One often-repeated myth is it’s better to let it run its course, but this may not be good advice because, without proper treatment, permanent scars and dark spots can form on the skin as the acne lesions heal. Most people who get acne are young adults and teenagers but it can develop at any age.
Acne forms when bacteria on the skin combine with dead skin cells and the natural skin oil sebum. A hair follicle cell becomes clogged and the infection grows.
There are many effective treatments so you don’t need to suffer through breakouts any longer. Mild acne may be treated with prescription and non-prescription creams. Our specialist will examine your skin and recommend the best course of treatment. We recommend you have an examination before starting any treatment.
There are procedures that may help clear up blemishes and breakouts. Laser and light therapies may reduce the bacteria that causes breakouts. Chemical peels may be used to treat blackheads and papules. Large cysts may be removed by drainage and extraction. We may use this procedure when other treatments have no effect.
You should avoid poking and squeezing pimples because this may send the pus deeper into the skin, which may result in scarring.
Different Types of Acne
It’s generally thought that acne is just pimples but actually there are six types with blackheads and whiteheads being the least severe. Pustules, commonly known as pimples and papules are the most common and moderately severe. Cysts and nodules form under the top layers of skin and are the most severe. They often leave scars. Blemishes can form on the chest, back, shoulders, neck, buttocks and upper arms.
Treatment May Prevent Scarring
Symptoms can include scars and dark spots on the skin. Blackheads, whiteheads and pustules form on the surface of the skin and may not leave a scar. People who have cysts and nodules often will have scars when they finally clear up. We may be able to help prevent permanent scars. Creams and light treatments may help remove dark spots that are the result of acne lesions. If they are not treated, they may take months or years to go away.
Contact us to learn more about how your breakouts and blemishes can be reduced. Don’t wait for it to clear on its own because without treatment it may cause scars and result in anxiety and low self-esteem. Schedule your consultation at Sarah Hamilton Face today! We are conveniently located in Liberty Lake, WA.