The Harsh Reality About Acne

Did you know?

More than 60 million Americans suffer from some form of acne breakouts.

Acne affects more than 80% of all teenagers and clogged pores comprise for more than 25% of all visits to the dermatologist.

Acne has now hit epidemic proportions in adults, especially women. What used to be just a teenage problem is now a real challenge for women of all ages.

COMMON MYTHS ABOUT ACNE

  • It is not due to dirty skin
  • It is not due to eating chocolate
  • It is not just a teenage problem

Acne is an inherited condition in which pores clog with dead skin cells.

 

ACNE FACTS

Q: Why do I have acne?
Acne is an actual disease of the pores. It can be caused by certain drugs, medications or exposure to certain chemicals, but most acne is an inherited tendency. Acne can appear in kids as young as age nine.

Dead skin cells shed much too quickly in the acne-prone pore. It forms a plug along with sebum and hair and this is where the problem begins. If the body doesn’t see the plug as an invader, then it remains as a non-inflamed lesion, aka blackhead. That blackhead then forms into pimples, pustules and cysts.

Q: I wash my face a lot — why do I still breakout?
Acne is formed below the surface of the skin and cannot be washed away. To clear acne, you need clinical-strength products that are designed to penetrate the pore, exfoliate the dead skin cells and kill the acne bacteria.

Q: How do I control my acne?
Your acne can be controlled through the continued use of specific home-care products and corrective in-clinic treatments for at least the first 12 weeks. Many people see a dramatic difference in their acne in the first month. Once your acne is under control, you must continue to use the products to keep clear. Unfortunately, acne cannot be cured, only controlled.

Q: What do the treatments do?
Each treatment is customized for the condition of your skin at the time of treatment. Sometimes the skin will need hydration and other times you will need corrective peels to facilitate the clearing of your acne and dark spots. Your acne specialist will perform extractions of your acne impactions at every treatment so your skin clears more quickly.