Acne is a common condition that causes blocked pores, pimples, cysts and other lesions on your face, neck, chest, back, shoulders and upper arms. While teenagers are most often affected, adults of any age can suffer from acne. Dr. Shondra Smith offers many effective treatment methods that can improve the skin’s appearance and prevent future breakouts.
If you suffer from acne in Lake Charles LA and surrounding areas, contact us today to schedule an appointment.
What Causes Acne?
Acne develops when pores become clogged, either from an overproduction of oil, a buildup of bacteria or a shedding of dead skin cells. When there is a build up in the hair follicle, a soft plug is formed that forces the follicle wall to bulge and protrude from the skin, causing a lesion. The cause of the overproduction of oil is unknown, but is believed to be a combination of several factors, including hormones, bacteria, heredity and, at times, the use of certain medications. Contrary to popular belief, chocolate, greasy foods and dirty skin do not cause acne.
What Are The Symptoms?
Although they can appear anywhere, symptoms usually appear on the face, neck, shoulders, back or chest. Symptoms may include the following:
Symptoms can come and go, and may flare up at certain times as a result of hormonal or environmental triggers like pregnancy, menstrual periods, high levels of humidity, using oily cosmetics or hair products, etc. Severe cases may cause scarring.
What Acne Treatment Options Are Available?
Acne treatment methods aim to reduce oil production and increase the speed of skin-cell turnover to prevent new blemishes from occurring. Treatment also focuses on reducing inflammation to help treat current symptoms. Acne treatment with Dr. Smith may include a combination of oral medication (like antibiotics), topical medication, chemical peels, and more.
How Can I Prevent Acne?
Although it cannot always be prevented, there are certain ways to reduce the risk of breakouts. They include the following:
Patients should also avoid picking or squeezing blemishes, and should be aware of anything that comes in contact with the affected area, because it may contain unwanted bacteria.