Acne is a skin condition that can cause clogged pores, whiteheads, blackheads, inflamed pimples, cysts and scarring. Acne most commonly occurs on the face, neck, back and chest. Genetic predisposition, hormonal factors, dairy and sugary foods, stress, certain medications and other factors play a role in causing or flaring acne.
American Academy of Dermatology studies suggest that acne affects almost 50 million people in the US, making it the most prevalent skin concern nationwide. Acne onset most typically occurs during puberty, but adult acne can appear at any age. As a matter of fact, about 20% of adults between 25 and 44 have mild to moderate acne. If you’re coping with breakouts yourself, then you’re probably aware how frustrating acne can be in your daily life.
Acne: What to do about it
The good news is that when addressed early and effectively, acne is completely treatable. Delaying treatment or using over-the-counter products without medical guidance can make acne worse, which can result in scarring. Consulting a board-certified medical provider can mean the difference between clear, beautiful skin and continuing to suffer from blemishes.
"Early effective intervention can lessen acne breakouts and the significant emotional and physical impact of acne scarring. I am especially excited about new developments in our understanding of the role of inflammation and diet in acne and new exciting treatments on the horizon to treat acne inflammation and decrease oil production."
SkyMD: Online Acne Specialists at Your Fingertips
SkyMD dermatologists are specialists in the treatment of acne. Based on photos of your acne and your responses to an online patient questionnaire, your dermatologist will create a treatment program to properly manage and treat your acne. Our online acne specialists will customize a regimen that works for your skin type and lifestyle.
Receive personalized online treatment for your acne with SkyMD
Connect with your doctor securely from your smartphone, tablet or computer.
Fill out a short questionnaire and snap photos of your condition.
Get a personalized treatment plan. Prescriptions are digitally routed to your preferred pharmacy.
Learn More About Acne
What causes acne?
"Acne is caused by an interplay of inflammation, clogged pores, increased oil production, and certain strains of bacteria. When the skin pores become clogged, excess oil is trapped inside the pores. Everyone has different bacteria which can multiply quickly due to environment and hormone changes which can inflame and damage the lining, causing deep acne / nodular cysts to appear.”
About 80 percent of all Americans will have acne outbreaks at some point in time between the ages of 11 and 30.
Some people in their forties and fifties may experience acne
for the first time.
Contrary to the common acne myths you may hear, dirty
skin, stress, greasy food, and chocolate are not acne culprits.
What might my acne treatment look like?
“Acne is a disease that I regard as being very important to
recognize and treat appropriately. If not treated correctly, or
soon enough, it can lead to permanent scarring that could last
a lifetime. There are many ways to treat acne, and can be as
easy as applying a topical cream as a daily or nightly regimen.
Other methods of treatment include oral medications.”
Our dermatologists can treat a wide variety of skin, hair and nail conditions through SkyMD.