What is Acne?


Vickie Cheng, PA-C
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Acne is a common skin condition that is caused by the blockage and inflammation of oil glands. Hormones, skin bacteria (such as P. Acnes), or genetics are some causes that can contribute to the formation of acne. Acne can occur anywhere on the body (most commonly on the face, neck, chest, and back), and in people of all ages, gender, or ethnicities.

There are various types of acne: clogged pores, inflammatory lesions, cysts, and pigmented scars. There are many treatment options depending on the type and severity of acne. Acne treatments can include a combination of over the counter or prescription (topical or oral) medications.

Common over counter medications include: benzoyl peroxide, salicylic or glycolic acid, or topical retinoids
Some prescription strength medications include: topical or oral antibiotics, retinoids, or isotretinoin

There are also procedures that can help with active acne lesions or scarring such as: facials, chemical peels, microneedling, or lasers.

It is best to be seen by a healthcare provider for an evaluation of acne and to discuss treatment options.

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