Acne is a benign skin condition that affects both men and women of all ages. Acne can occur on the face, back, chest, and/or shoulders. Although it is benign, acne can cause emotional distress and physical scarring. While there are numerous over-the-counter products that boast remarkable results that may be helpful for some individuals, they are not effective for everyone and further treatment is often necessary. Unfortunately, there is not a miracle drug that cures acne. However, with proper medical evaluation, treatment, and patience, the appearance of acne can improve.
In order to effectively treat acne, it is important to understand what causes acne and how different treatments address these causes. There are several causes of acne such as:
- Propionibacterium Acnes bacteria
- Sebum/Oil production
- Follicular plugging
For most people, acne is a result of multiple causes; therefore, adequate treatment is different for each patient and often involves a combination of prescription oral medications and topical treatments. Also, although a healthy diet and cleanliness are important, acne has not been found to be a result of lack of facial washing or eating chocolate and greasy foods. In addition, there are several factors that may worsen or exacerbate acne, such as hormones and certain medications.
If you are afflicted with acne and would like to be evaluated, please call our office at 316-612-1833 and we will be happy to schedule an appointment. While you are preparing for your appointment, here are a few suggestions:
- Make a list of previous treatments, including over the counter and prescription medications and have them ready at your appointment.
- If you are female, look for acne flares that are associated with your menstrual cycle and be sure to tell the provider or nurse.
- Have realistic expectations- acne treatments can take 3 to 6 months to be effective and a treatment plan that will work for you may take time with different trials of medication.
- Be ready to commit to a routine of using a topical and/or taking an oral medication.