in Fargo, North Dakota
The most common skin problem in the United States is acne. Most people get acne starting in their teens, often resolving by the time they reach adulthood. Acne can continue on throughout adult life as well. Acne can have a huge effect on self-esteem, confidence, and stress levels. Many people incorrectly think that acne can be easily treated, but some patients struggle with acne despite multiple different treatments, products, and methods. Sometimes, seeing a board certified dermatologist can be the best solution to chronic acne.
What is Acne?
Acne is a skin condition that causes blemishes, such as pimples, to appear on the skin. Acne can also cause the skin to look red and inflamed, and can even be painful. It’s often caused by pores that become clogged with debris and oil, providing a suitable environment for bacteria. Acne typically appears on the face, neck, back, chest, and shoulders, although it can occur virtually anywhere. Without treatment, acne can cause permanent scarring and dark spots on the skin.
What Causes Acne?
There are many things that can contribute to acne flare-ups. Factors like hormones, diet, sleep, exercise, and genetics can all play a role in acne breakouts. Acne begins to appear when a pore becomes clogged with dead skin cells or bacteria, which creates an inflammatory response recognizable by the pimples that we see on our faces. The same factors that contribute to acne-prone skin also contribute to how well your skin is able to shed its skin cells by regulating the oil and bacteria on your skin. Sometimes, patients are able to see a reduction in acne breakouts by adjusting these lifestyle factors.
Sometimes, the issue is harder to resolve, especially when it is genetic. This means that professional treatments or products may be necessary, and Dr. Ness can recommend the best in both.
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How is Acne Treated?
In order to get an effective diagnosis for acne, it’s important to consult a dermatologist. This is because different types of acne can be caused by different things, so Dr. Ness can help create a customized treatment plan. If you have mild acne, then using products that contain benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid can help to clear the skin. The more severe the acne, the more there may need to be professional treatment. There are many types of treatments to address acne problems, and we offer many of the most effective ones at our Fargo office.
- Chemical Peels
- Laser Therapy
- Topical Treatments
- Birth Control
- PDT (photodynamic treatment)
- Isotretinoin (Accutane)
By consulting with one of our doctor at Fargo Center for Dermatology, they will look at your skin, and then help to create a personalized treatment plan for your skin concerns.
After you find the right treatment for you and your skin has cleared up, it’s important to continue with some form of at-home treatment. You should regularly clean your face and be gentle with your skin. As much as treatment helps to get rid of acne, it is also helpful for preventing any future breakouts. Dr. Ness will go over any skincare necessities for you to prevent another breakout. We can also recommend the best acne treatments for you from our full line of in-house products.
Schedule a Consultation
If acne has started to negatively affect your life, then it is time to look at your treatment options. Acne can be frustrating to deal with but can be prevented with the help of a board-certified dermatologist. Contact us or book online today with Dr. Rachel Ness.