Whether you are a teenager or an adult, acne is probably a condition that you have struggled with at one point or another. If you are one of the (few) lucky ones who are not affected by this, you surely know someone who is. Acne is the result of the sebum (oil) in our skin that clogs our pores. When our hormone levels are higher, during puberty or before menstrual periods, our sebum rises, often causing a breakout. Even women in their 40’s and 50’s with changing hormone levels battle with acne.

Are there different types of acne? Yes, depending on what exactly is going on in the pores of the skin determines the type of acne. For example, a blackhead is the result of oil and dead skin clogging the pore but leaving the pore open, while a whitehead is the result of oil and dead skin clogging the pore and blocking the opening. Acne is seen on the parts of our bodies where we have the most sebaceous skin – the face, back, neck, chest and upper arms. It’s not just the oil alone that causes problems, though. The bacteria normally found in our bodies thrive on this oil. These conditions are perfect for this bacteria to multiply, causing pores to become inflamed. This inflammation is what causes acne to look red and swollen. When the inflammation reaches deep into the pore, the acne becomes a cyst. This cystic acne is the most severe type of acne and can be extremely painful physically and emotionally.

How can I get rid of my acne? Dr. Sharon Meyer believes in aggressively treating all forms of acne. With the advances in medicine and technology, almost all forms can be controlled. Mild cases may need a thorough hygiene regiment, while more severe cases may involve antibiotics, creams, birth control pills or other prescriptions including isotretinoin, the generic of Accutane. If you are interested in this, she is a registered I-Pledge provider and has treated thousands of patients with this drug. If you are dealing with acne, don’t let it ruin your life. Dr. Sharon Meyer can help you find a solution to restoring your skin to its clear state. To schedule an appointment, call Uptown Dermatology today.