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Acne Specialist

Coastline Dermatology Laser & Medical Center

General & Cosmetic Dermatologists & Dermatologic Surgeons located in Newport Beach, CA

When most people think of acne, they think of adolescents going through puberty. However, that's not always the case — out of the 60 million Americans who suffer from acne breakouts each year, 20 million of those are adults. If you're one of those people, you know that an acne breakout can impact your daily life. Acne breakouts can be not only painful, but embarrassing. The doctors at Coastline Dermatology Laser & Medical Center in Newport Beach, California, can help you to manage and treat your blemishes for lasting results. Call today or schedule an appointment online.

Acne Q & A

What is acne?

Acne is a skin condition that occurs when oil and dead skin cells plug your hair follicles. If you’re prone to acne, your pores clog with dead skin and oil much more quickly than someone with healthy pores. Whereas healthy pores only shed one layer of dead skin cells per day, acne-prone pores shed up to five layers. This is why acne tends to be worse for people who suffer from oily skin.

There are several types of acne. The most common types are:

  • Whiteheads: pimples that stay under the surface of your skin
  • Blackheads: black pimples that rise to the surface of your skin
  • Papules: small pink bumps that can be tender
  • Pustules: pimples that are red at the bottom and have pus on top
  • Nodules: large, painful, solid pimples that are deep in your skin
  • Cysts: deep, painful, pus-filled pimples that often cause scars

Most breakouts occur on your face, neck, back, chest, and shoulders. Although acne is usually not a serious health problem, it can lead to permanent scarring if not handled correctly.

Who is most likely to develop acne?

Acne can affect any skin type at any age. Because acne typically starts around puberty, it’s more common in adolescents and young adults. However, adults can suffer from acne breakouts, too. You are more likely to suffer from the skin condition if it runs in your family. Other triggers that can lead to blemishes and breakouts include hormonal changes, stress, and food allergies.

How is acne treated?

Figuring out which type of acne treatment to use can be overwhelming. This is especially true with the high volume of skincare advertisements and various amounts of products available in stores today.

Whether it’s a product that was purchased in a retail store or a prescription medication from your doctor, acne medication aims to heal your current breakouts while stopping new ones from forming in the future. The strength of the medication depends on the ingredients in the formula. Some types of treatments are topical applications, while other medications are pills that you swallow.

The doctors at Coastline Dermatology Laser & Medical Center can help determine which treatment plan is best to meet your specific skin needs.

To take the first step toward healthier-looking skin, call today or schedule an appointment online.

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