Acne Care in Houston, TX
Seek Acne Treatment Early
Many individuals suffer from emotionally distressing blemishes on their skin. Pimples are commonly found on the face, chest, shoulders and back. People of all ages can be afflicted with whiteheads, blackheads, inflamed papules (red lesions), nodules and cysts. Seeking treatment early is beneficial to reduce permanent scarring. Many acne treatments are available depending on the severity of the acne. Certain factors such as diet, lifestyle, skin type, age, hormones and co-existing conditions will affect what type of acne is present.
What is Acne?
Acne appears when our pores become clogged with dead skin cells. Normally, these dead skin cells rise to the surface of the skin to shed the cells. However in acne, the body starts making lots of sebum (oil) and the dead skin cells stick together inside the pore. When the pore is clogged with dead skin cells, this attracts bacteria named Propionibacterium acnes. This bacteria flourishes in an oily environment and multiplies very quickly. With bacteria trapped in the pore, your skin becomes red and tender.
There are many different prescription medications for acne. Gill Dermatology is very familiar with these medications and will customize a treatment plan based on a patient’s complete history and exam. In addition, medical grade skin care, chemical peels can augment a patient’s acne regimen.
Most treatments for acne take time. It often takes 6 to 8 weeks for acne to improve after you initiate treatment. Some treatments may cause acne to get worse before it gets better. Isotretinoin is used in cases of severe acne refractory to treatment.