Acne affects roughly 90% of adolescents going through puberty. In most cases, acne subsides after adolescence but may plague adults between the ages of 20 and 40 years of age as well as the elderly. Since various factors play a role in the development of acne, your dermatologist should be consulted for appropriate treatment to prevent acne scarring.
Acne appears as whiteheads, blackheads and pimples on the skin and usually develops during puberty. It is caused by too much oil production, a build-up of dead skin cells blocking the oil duct, presence of bacteria and inflammation which are caused by the following factors:
- Flare factors such as stress, depression and puberty
- A poor diet may aggravate acne in those already prone to it
- Imbalances of the androgen hormones
- Certain cosmetics may aggravate acne
- Some conditions such as leaky gut or PCOS may also play a role in the development of acne
Acne not only affects one's self-confidence but can often lead to permanent scarring of the skin. Red spots, pustules, whiteheads, nodules and cysts occur when the skin is inflamed due to bacteria. When the inflammation is too significant for the skin to cope with, this leads to scarring. It is for this reason that acne treatments be sought early in the development of acne to prevent this inflammation. It is essential to contact your dermatologist if you have a genetic predisposition for acne to treat it from an early stage.
TREATMENT AND MANAGEMENT OF ACNE
Acne treatments offered at Dr Temi Awotedu Inc will vary depending on each individual's unique skin type, medical history and causative factors. After a comprehensive assessment, your dermatologist will be able to help control your acne, avoid damage to the skin and prevent scarring. If you are suffering from acute or chronic acne, Dr Temi may be able to assist in reducing inflammation and reduce the appearance of existing acne scars.
Treatment for acne may involve a comprehensive skin care regime with cosmeceutical creams and cleansers. Frequent chemical peels can make all the difference for your acne as they cause ‘blistering' and peeling of the skin and allow for new skin beneath to be revealed. In some cases, she may prescribe creams, medications, hormonal treatments or injections of cortisone. For acne scars, microneedling may be done to trigger collagen stimulation and reduce the appearance of scars.