Acne is the most common skin disorder in the United States, affecting almost *40 million Americans.
Nearly 85% of people will have acne at some point in their lives and so it is not surprising that one of the most common reasons people come see a dermatologist is to uncover the best acne treatments and how to prevent acne breakouts.
Acne is caused by the overproduction of oil and enlargement of oil glands in the skin, blockage of hair follicles that release oil onto the skin surface, and growth of bacteria, P. Acnes, within the hair follicle. The prevention of acne focuses on targeting each of these causes. Seek the advice of a dermatologist early and avoid picking or squeezing the skin to prevent scars.
Topical antibacterial cleansers and creams containing benzoyl peroxide can help cut down on the amount of bacteria on the skin surface and within the hair follicle to prevent and stop acne breakouts. Using retinoids can reprogram the way the skin exfoliates to remove any blockage from the hair follicles. Sometimes, an oral antibiotic is needed to help stop and prevent further acne breakouts. Advanced Dermatology also offers several in-office procedures to treat and prevent acne including hydrodermabrasions such as a DiamondGlow™ for acne.