What can I do about my Acne?

by | Ask The Intern

What you need to know about your Acne

Acne, also known as acne vulgaris, is one of the most common skin problems. You may find that telemedicine works well for your acne treatment. Some times acne is also called: pimples, zits, black heads or the like. Acne is a condition where the pores on the surface of the skin become plugged.

What are the symptoms of Acne?

The signs and symptoms of acne usually depend on the type of acne that you have, but common symptoms include:

  • Usually on face, chest, and back.
  • Can be black heads or white heads (more common), also called comedones.
  • other types of acne are small, pink to reddish in color, painful bumps which are near the surface of the skin.
  • Nodular acne is large, hard, painful pimples that are pus-filled and lie deep below the skin.

How did I get a Acne?

Acne occurs when a pore on the surface of the skin becomes plugged. The pore is an opening of a hair follicle (root) and an oil gland. The pore may get blocked when the oil glands make too much sebum (grease). This over production of oil can occur at different times in your life (puberty, hormones, birth control, pregnancy, steroids) The pore are allowing dirt to collect, which encourages the growth of bacteria (germs) in the glands. The glands and bacteria can produce irritation and inflammation (swelling) of the skin which causes painful bumps or lumps or pimples. Acne can occur if you have another family member who has had it. It occurs during puberty, infections, stress, certain medicines, or cosmetics may also cause acne.

Antibiotics Get You Well Fast, Right?

Doctors treat your acne with antibiotics when it is determined to be necessary. Antibiotics are not needed for some acne.  Acne is diagnosed by a careful examination of your skin. Cultures may also be done to help diagnose acne in some instances. Quite often good uploaded photos can help the Doctor treat you for acne by telemedicine.  Treatment includes medicines, such as antibiotics, antiseptics, retinoids, laser therapy, or surgery. With treatment, such as medicine and good hygiene, complications may be prevented and your acne may be controlled. Antibiotics are not always necessary, but here we can help you decide if you need an antibiotic. We can follow along with you over a few days and see how it goes with some remedies first.



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