What is Acne?

Acne is a common condition that may be caused by many underlying factors such as oil and dead skin cells collect in a person’s pores and obstruct them, excessive oil production, hormonal changes and more. As people may know, acne is usual among teenagers however adults struggle with the condition as well. Acne can have a damaging effect on how people feel about themselves. Fortunately, at Dr. Kurzman's office, there is a wide range of treatments created to help. 

What Causes Acne?

Acne is usually grouped into three different categories and different factors contribute to each type.

  • Comedonal acne is the occurrence of whiteheads and blackheads. This form of acne is caused when surplus sebum, or skin oil, and skin cells obstruct pores.
  • Inflammatory acne occurs just under the blackhead or whitehead. This causes the area underneath to become irritated and inflamed.
  • Cystic acne is the most severe type. Cystic acne develops because there is severe inflammation in the region of the outbreak. Cystic acne can run in families and is often painful.

How is Acne Treated?

When acne is mild to moderate, topical medication are typically used and prove to be effective. Moderate to more severe acne can be treated with combinations of topical and oral medication. When acne is more serious and cystic, a medication known as isotretinoin can be used. We will recommend good medical grade skincare to accompany any prescribed medications.

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