Every year, up to 50 million Americans are affected by acne, which is the most common skin condition in the United States. Many people feel they should let their acne run its course, but not taking steps to manage your outbreaks may lead to permanent dark spots or scarring. Board-certified dermatologist, Glenn Kolansky, MD, FAAD, at Advanced Dermatology Surgery & Laser Center in Tinton Falls, New Jersey, is a specialist in acne treatment. He develops a plan to reduce your breakouts and minimize your risk of future skin problems. Call the office or book online today.
Acne is a disorder of the hair follicle that leads to the development of blackheads, also called comedones. An increase in the production of oil in your sebaceous glands causes the dead skin cells (that normally travel out of your pores for shedding) to become trapped, creating blackheads. If bacteria from your skin also becomes trapped in the pores, inflammation may occur and lead to pus-filled comedones known as pustules.
Your acne may first appear as blackheads on your face, chest, or back. The bacteria trapped in the pores may grow rapidly and tear the follicle walls, which can lead to redness, swelling, and pus-filled lesions. Over time, the inflammation can create large, painful cysts. When these cysts heal, they often leave scars.
Hormonal changes are one of the most common causes of acne. Teens are especially vulnerable due to hormonal changes that increase sebaceous oil production as well as skin cell turnover. Women are also more susceptible to acne due to the hormonal shifts they experience throughout their menstrual cycles.
You may be more at risk of developing acne if it runs in your family. Stress can also trigger outbreaks.
Getting the right treatment for your acne can clear up your skin and reduce your risk of scarring. Dr. Kolansky develops personalized treatment plans based on the severity of your acne to reduce breakouts and improve the look and health of your skin. No single treatment works for everyone, and he works one on one with you to develop the most effective plan. For mild acne, Dr. Kolansky may recommend over-the-counter products that contain benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid.
If your acne is severe, Dr. Kolansky may suggest a combination of topical skin treatments and oral medication to help clear up your breakouts. Topical agents may be used to kill the bacteria or reduce oil production.
Oral medication may include:
Despite what the ads on TV may have you believe, acne treatment doesn’t work overnight. It may take 4-8 weeks of regular treatment until you see an improvement in your skin.
For expert care of your skin from a dermatologist who wants you to love the skin you’re in, contact Advanced Dermatology Surgery & Laser Center by phone or online to schedule a consultation.