Setting the record straight on acne can make all the difference in how someone who suffers from blemishes can restore confidence in how they both look and feel. Acne is a very common skin condition that peaks in adolescence and early adulthood. But for those who have chronic acne that persists beyond the occasional flare up, the condition can leave one feeling depressed and consumed with low self-esteem. While other unflattering body features may be easily covered up, acne is visible even with the best of makeup tricks.

The science of acne and the causes, myths and effective treatments is not one size fits all. In general, focusing on your overall health will help aid skin health. Assumptions about acne lead to ineffective solutions. Consulting with a board-certified dermatologist who can perform a skin assessment to determine what is causing your acne is the first step in dispelling any myths attributed to your breakouts but more importantly can result in effective treatments to rid your skin of acne. Improving diet and hydration can do wonders for the skin and for some people eliminating certain foods, including sugar, can help address acne concerns. But for others, medical intervention is necessary with topical or oral medication or various ongoing therapies.

Some myths like dirt causes acne, not washing the face enough causes acne, sex causes acne, sweat helps clear acne, tanning cures acne and ignoring acne will make it go away only perpetuate inaccurate stereotypes and doesn’t help the patient advance toward a clear complexion. Acne is caused by a complex combination of factors that include genetics, hormonal imbalances and bacteria in the skin. Unfortunately, it often takes time and in some cases some trial and error with topical treatments, laser therapy, chemical peels, prescription medications, hormone therapy and lifestyle changes before acne disappears. Be patient, stay the course and communicate with your dermatologist on what is working and what is not working. Clear skin is achievable with a personalized treatment plan. 
For more information on services offered for acne, visit WEBSITE. For a skin consultation to address your unique needs and concerns, call THE CENTER for Advanced Dermatology at 602-867-7546.