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“Breakout” The SKINny on Acne

Posted on 17. Nov, 2010 by in Acne, Microdermabrasion, Skin Care, Skin Conditions

Acne is the most common skin condition in America affecting 85% of those ages 12 to 25.  Genetics play a big role in who will get acne and to what extent.  For most, acne will usually resolve in your 30s or 40’s.
We have several different types of follicles but only one is involved in the formation of acne. The reason is that the hair within this follicle does not fully fill the follicle allowing for sebum and skin cells to become trapped forming a plug thus allowing a prefect home for bacteria to grow.  The majority of our sebaceous glands are located in our face, chest and back. 
We all have and need our sebaceous glands; they produce a substance called sebum which is made of lipids (fats).  Sebum’s function is to oil the skin and hair to prevent it from drying. Unfortunately for many, hormones (Androgens) during puberty are stimulated by these androgens which increase sebum production. This increase in sebum can allow for an overgrowth of bacteria.  This overgrowth of bacteria then causes inflammation which ruptures the follicle and a pimple is born. 
So you may ask, “If acne has genetic influences what can I do?”  Well all hope is not lost. Remember some outside factors can contribute to acne formation as well. 

  • Stay away from all those oil based cosmetics and hair products, stick with water-based or non- comedogenic cosmetics and sunscreens. 
  • Be gentle, aggressive scrubbing only stimulates more sebum production. Wash your face with your fingertips in a circular fashion.  Stick with a mild soap.  Remember that soaps and astringents remove sebum from the skin surface, but they do not address the deeper issue. 
  • Eat a healthy diet.  Diet itself has been very controversial in the role of acne.  There is no sound evidence that diet increases or decreases the risk of acne.
  • Chill out! There have been many studies which link psychological stress to worsening of acne.
  • Then visit a dermatologist.  You want to get acne under control to minimize the risk of scarring.

acne treatment
What acne treatment does Dr. Abrams, D.O.  & Sheryl Wilson, ARNP-C recommend?
At Abrams Dermatology, we have a variety of acne treatment options available and we will work with you to build a skin care regimen that treats your acne while helping to improve the overall health of your skin.
There is no single solution for all cases of acne. We recommend scheduling a consultation where we will evaluate your skin condition. We will evaluate the results of your condition on a regular basis and adjust your treatment program accordingly. For more info, Click Here or to call us at 941-926-2300 to schedule an appointment.

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