Complements June is Acne Awareness Month


Acne is the most common skin disorder in the U.S. and occurs most frequently in teenagers and young adults. Acne is the occurrence of inflamed or infected oil glands. Oil and dead skin clogs the pores and produces acne.

Acne comes in different forms when it comes to the pimples. The most common types are:

  • Whiteheads. These are pimples that stay under the surface of the skin.
  • Blackheads. These pimples rise to the skin’s surface and look black.
  • Papules. These are small pink bumps that can be tender.
  • Pustules. These pimples are red at the bottom and have pus on top.
  • Nodules. These are large, painful, solid pimples that are deep in the skin.
  • Cysts. These deep, painful, pus-filled pimples can cause scars.

Causes of acne are really unknown, but typically have to do with hormonal changes; heredity; the start and stop of medications, including birth control; diet; makeup; and use of products that clog pores. Triggers can vary from one person to the next. I recommend tracking these products and how they effect your skin and talk to a professional about what you can do to help avoid acne and minimize flare ups. 

Acne can be treated in many forms. Changing your diet can help. Seeing a dermatologist and/or an aesthetician can significantly play a factor in your road to clear skin. A dermatologist can prescribe medications topically and/or orally to help. A combination of products used at home and in office procedures can also play a role (facials, peels, microdermabrasion). Most importantly, try not to pick at your skin. Picking at pimples can cause spreading of the acne, dark spots and/or scarring.

The road to perfectly clear skin can be a long, persistent one, but stay patient and it can happen. If you’re not sure where to start on your skincare journey, schedule a skin consultation with me by calling 814.231.7878.