Anyone who has suffered with chronic acne knows the profound desire to have smooth, clear skin. Although acne is a common, treatable skin condition, there are many different types of acne along with causes, treatment options, and prevention methods. Acne is a skin condition that occurs when hair follicles become clogged with oil and dead skin cells. It is characterized by the presence of pimples, blackheads, and whiteheads on the skin’s surface, most notably on the face but can present on other areas of the body. 

Types of acne include comedonal acne, inflammatory acne, nodular acne, and cystic acne. Comedonal acne can be blackheads or whiteheads caused by clogged hair follicles. Inflammatory acne is red, swollen pimples caused by inflammation or a bacterial infection. Nodular acne is large, painful bumps beneath the surface of the skin. Cystic acne is the most severe type of acne of deep, painful cysts brought on by an infection of the hair follicle. Causes of acne include excess oil production, clogged hair follicles, bacteria, inflammation, hormonal changes or fluctuations, certain medication, cosmetics, genetics, and diet. 

Consulting with a dermatologist at CLIENT NAME is essential for addressing persistent acne and preventing future breakouts. Top acne prevention strategies include maintaining a consistent skincare routine, avoiding over-washing and over-exfoliating, using acne-fighting ingredients found in topical treatments such as salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide, and retinoids, oral prescription medications, keeping hands away from the face, and changing pillowcases regularly. In-office services such as chemical peels, microneedling, or corticosteroids may be recommended for severe acne. Lifestyle changes to effectively manage acne include a balanced diet of fruits, vegetables, and lean protein while eliminating dairy and sugar, exercise, stress management, sleep, and hydration. 
Understanding the causes and types of acne is important for determining the most effective treatment plan and prevention. To help identify potential triggers that are causing acne, visit THE CENTER for Advanced Dermatology to develop a strategy for a clear, radiant complexion. Call 602-867-7546 or go to WEBSITE for the next available consultation.