Acne is known to be one of the most common skin conditions and can appear in many forms. While there is no specific cause or cure for acne, Jupiter Dermatology Acne Center helps many patients each year in managing their symptoms.
What is Acne?
Acne is a skin condition that starts with secretions of the sebaceous glands. When these secretions happen, a pore can become clogged and a blemish will form. Blemishes come in many forms; such as blackheads, whiteheads and may develop into deeper more tender pimples or nodules. While acne is most common in teens, a considerable number of adults experience acne as well.
How is Acne Treated?
Acne treatment is different for everyone. This is because each person’s skin and body chemistry work differently, and therefore treatment is individualized. Most often, acne treatment can be a trial and error process and yields the best results when done under the supervision of a dermatologist. Our dermatologists at Jupiter Dermatology & Hair Restoration will work with you to identify any triggers as well as develop a custom treatment plan.
What are the Different Types of Acne?
Acne comes in many forms. Patients may experience one or a combination of the following forms of acne:
- Whiteheads and Blackheads – Whiteheads and blackheads form when a hair follicle becomes clogged with dirt, oil, or dead skin cells. The difference between the two is that blackheads are open clogged pores and whiteheads are closed clogged pores. Blackheads are darker in appearance because the pore is open, and its contents have oxidized.
- Pustules and Papules – Papules and pustules are the next steps after a white head or what many people call a pimple. Papules appear red and inflamed and will not contain pus, while pustules will have pus. It is important that you do not pick at this type of acne as it can get worse with disrupting the surface of the skin.
- Cystic acne – The most severe form of acne, is characterized by facial redness with deeper sometimes painful nodules that may or may not contain pus. This level of acne can cause scarring to the skin if left untreated. In some cases, your dermatologist may recommend both topical and internal medicine.
If you are experiencing acne and are unsure of how to treat it, we encourage you to contact our Acne Center at Jupiter Dermatology & Hair Restoration today to schedule a consultation with one of our dermatologists or highly trained physician assistants.