Acne is a skin condition that has plugged pores, pimples, and even cystic nodules. It typically affects the face, neck, chest, and back of teenagers, however, some patients notice the onset of acne as an adult. Acne can be very frustrating to the patient and have negative effects on a patient's self-image, especially when scarring occurs. Therefore, the treatment of acne is very important to prevent permanent scarring.
There are lots of common misconceptions about acne. It is not caused by foods or having a dirty face. It is important to wear non-comedogenic makeup (won't clog pores) and wash the face twice daily with a gentle cleanser. Adult-onset acne may be related to hormonal changes associated with childbirth, menopause, or stopping birth control pills. It is useful to note whether your acne flares around periods.
There are many different treatment options for acne. It is important to remember that what works well for one person's acne may not work for others. Depending on the severity and extent of skin lesions, Dr. King will provide you with a customized acne treatment plan to fit your personal skin type. Once your skin is clear, it is important to use maintenance treatments to prevent acne from returning. Options for acne treatment include:
Topical Creams, Gels, or Lotions
Acne Surgery (Blackhead Extraction)
Skin Care Products
Levulan with BLU-Light