Acne consists of comedones (whiteheads and blackheads), pimples, and deeper lumps (cysts or nodules) that can appear on the face, neck, chest, back, shoulders and upper arms. Seventeen million Americans currently have acne, making it the most common skin disease in the country.
While it affects mostly teenagers, (and almost all teenagers have some form of acne), adults of any age can have it as well. Acne is not life-threatening, but it can cause permanent scarring and emotional distress.
Treatment for acne varies depending on the type and severity of lesions, as well as the patient's skin type, age and lifestyle. Results are usually visible in six to eight weeks with medical treatment. Options include:
- Topical Medications
- Antibiotics & other oral medications
Acne scarring can be treated in a variety of ways as well. These procedures include:
- Soft Tissue Fillers
- Surgical removal