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What Causes Acne?

Acne is an extremely common diagnosis, nearly 75% of all adolescents experience acne at some point. Genetics play a part, and acne occurs when skin pores clog. Sebum, an oil that helps keep skin moisturised may cause shed skin cells to stick together and clog skin pores. When this happens, bacteria may proliferate within the pore and cause redness, inflammation and irritability.

Who may be affected? 

While acne affects mostly teenagers, and almost all teenagers have some form of acne, adults of any age can have it.

How is Acne Treated?

We tailor acne treatment toward each patient. To best treat your specific case, you may need more than one treatment. This is called combination therapy and may yield the best results.

Some of the most common treatments for acne include the use of:
  • Topical creams and gel

  • Antibiotics

  • Medications

  • Oral contraceptive pills

  • Procedure-based treatments including chemical peels and lasers

Your dermatologist will counsel you on what will work best for your specific case.

How Can Acne Scars be Treated?

Once your acne is being treated and is under control, your dermatologist can begin treatment on any acne scars that you may have. They use lasers, microdermabrasion, chemical peels, fillers, and other procedures to lessen the appearance of acne scars. A successful outcome often is born from a customized treatment plan, unique to each individual patient

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