Acne & Acne Scars
What is acne?When you think of acne, you probably imagine teenagers with embarrassing zits. However, it is the most common skin problem in the United States affecting people of all ages. Acne lesions may appear as whiteheads, blackheads, nodules, cysts, or small bumps. Although many people expect acne to be temporary, it can be a persistent problem. Severe, untreated breakouts can result in long-term or permanent scarring.
Causes of acneYou skin secretes an oily substance, known as sebum, through glands attached to hair follicles. Ideally, the sebum acts as a moisturizer, preventing the skin from dehydrating. However, overproduction of sebum and the accumulation of dead skin cells can cause the pores to become plugged. Bacteria then multiply inside of the pore, causing it to swell.
Many factors can trigger acne, most notably hormonal changes. That is why acne is so prevalent in puberty. It is also common in adult women, due to hormonal fluctuations during the menstrual cycle.
Types of acneThere are two types of acne:
Non-inflammatoryComedones are non-inflamed lesions. When the comedone remains below the surface of the skin, it appears as a whitehead. If it is open, oxygen will react with components in your skin, darkening the comedone. This is known as a blackhead. Non-inflammatory acne can become inflamed.
InflammatoryIf the follicle wall ruptures, inflammation ensues, creating a red bump known as a papule. It may heal naturally, beneath the surface of the skin. However, the pus may come to the surface, creating a pustule. When people refer to a zit or pimple, they are usually thinking of a pustule.
When an inflamed follicle bursts and collapses, a nodule is formed. If the area becomes inflamed severely, a large, pus-filled welt called a cyst may form.
Treatment at Dr. W DermatologyAcne can be embarrassing, painful, and even scarring. Although the store shelves are brimming with purported remedies, self-treating is frequently ineffective. Your skin is just as unique as you are, and dermatological treatment is customized according to a number of individual factors. It can be virtually impossible to pick out a quality product that is appropriate for your skin type.
Dr. W. Dermatology offers gentle, effective treatment to bring breakouts under control and prevent future problems. Treatment removes skin impurities and bacteria, quickly clearing up pimples and other signs of acne. You are left with beautiful, healthy, clear skin!
Acne scarsA large percentage of the population will struggle with acne at some point. It can become a long-term problem for some, though it usually passes. Because it is associated with hormone levels, people often “outgrow” active outbreaks. However, severe acne can leave lasting scars, which can impact your life, self-esteem, and social interactions for life.
Acne scar treatment at Dr. W. DermatologyThere are several options for removing or improving acne scars. The best choice depends on the type and severity of the scar.
- Chemical peels may be sufficient to remove superficial scars and hyperpigmentation.
- Microdermabrasion can smooth out many superficial scars as well.
- Punch grafting is used to improve ice pick type scars.
- Saline injections are used to help correct saucer like depressions.
- Laser or fractional laser resurfacing can improve the texture and smoothness of the skin in addition to reducing some scars.
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Dear Dr. Weaver,
Thank you very much for everything that you have done to enhance my outside beauty. When I first stepped foot into your office, I knew that my dream of having clearer skin would then become more than just a dream. It would now be a reality. Without you, Dr. Weaver, I would not have the confidence that I now possess and could not have made it as far in my career path as I have. I can truly and sincerely say you are my “Facial Angel”. At the age of 15, I had a low self esteem and never thought that I would ever be in a relationship with anyone who would accept me and “all my acne”. But now at the age of 23, I have someone who loves me for me and is also grateful to you for all that you have and will continue to do for me and us. Thank you, thank you, thank you. You are a God’s Facial/body helper for me and many like me. May God continue to bless you, your family, and your business. Thank you so much