Acne Specialist

Advanced Medical Aesthetics and Phoenix Family Medical Care

Aesthetics & Family Medicine located in Phoenix, AZ

Doctors don’t know what causes acne. Doctors think certain things play a part: Changing hormone levels, Taking certain medicines, Wearing greasy makeup, Heredity. There are many myths about what causes acne. Dirty skin and stress do not cause acne. Also, chocolate and greasy foods do not cause acne in most people. For those who have acne, some things can make it worse: Pressure from bike helmets, backpacks, tight collars, pollution and high humidity, squeezing or picking at pimples, hard scrubbing of the skin, stress.

Acne Q & A

 

 

 

Acne is a disorder that affects the skin’s oil glands and hair follicles. The small holes in your skin (pores) connect to oil glands under the skin. These glands make an oily substance called sebum. The pores connect to the glands by a canal called a follicle. Inside the follicles, oil carries dead skin cells to the surface of the skin. A thin hair also grows through the follicle and out to the skin. Sometimes, the hair, sebum, and skin cells clump together into a plug. The bacteria in the plug cause swelling. Then when the plug starts to break down, a pimple grows

Most pimples are found on the face, neck, back, chest, and shoulders. Acne is usually not a serious health threat, but it can cause scars.

Doctors don’t know what causes acne, but taking care of your skin can prevent outbreaks from becoming worse.

Anyone can get acne, although it’s most common in teens and young adults. Hormone changes during puberty, before a woman’s monthly period, or after starting or stopping birth control can cause acne outbreaks.

If you have severe acne, you may need to see a dermatologist, a type of doctor that specializes in treating skin problems. Avoid squeezing or picking at pimples to reduce the risk of scarring.

Call us today to schedule a consultation and get your complexion back to normal.