If you’re a teen, chances are you’ve had acne. About 8 in 10 adolescents experience this inflammatory skin condition and so do many adults. Board-certified dermatologists Vicente Quintero, MD, and Danielle Brown, MD, of Hill Country Dermatology offer solutions to manage and treat acne at their offices in New Braunfels, and Schertz, Texas. If you’re bothered by acne on your face, back, or other areas, call today to set up an appointment or use the online tool to book so you can get closer to achieving clear, smooth skin.
Acne is an inflammatory skin condition that causes pimples, including whiteheads and blackheads, on areas of your body like your face, back, and upper arms. Acne is associated with adolescence, though adults can develop acne, too. This is especially true for women in their 30s and 40s who are more likely to experience hormonal fluctuations. Acne is the most common skin condition in the United States.
Acne occurs when your pores become blocked with your skin’s natural oil and dead skin cells. When bacteria enter these pores, inflammatory pimples and cysts develop.
Some people are more prone to developing acne because of genetic conditions or hormonal imbalances. Stress and anxiety can also contribute to outbreaks of acne.
Mild acne may show up as a few pimples, but it may also take the form of:
Acne can also lead to scarring, which can last long after the blemishes are gone. The condition can make you feel self-conscious. Teens with acne may avoid school or social situations. Adults who have acne may also be unhappy with their appearance.
Many people with mild acne successfully manage it with good face-washing habits and over-the-counter products. Don’t pop pimples or scrub too hard, as this contributes to scarring and increases your risk of developing an infection. Use makeup made for sensitive skin and keep hair products like gel and hairspray away from your face, as they can clog your pores.
If you have severe acne that worsens or doesn’t seem to improve, it’s time to make an appointment at Hill Country Dermatology.
The doctors customize your acne treatment plan according to your lifestyle, skin type, age, and the nature of your inflammation. Oral and topical prescription medications, chemical peels, and microneedling are strategies to help manage acne and any resulting scars. Women may find that birth control pills help control the hormonal swings that exacerbate acne outbreaks.
Call one of the offices of Hill Country Dermatology or use the online tool to learn more about the available acne treatments.