Information On Acne Treatments In Gainesville
Acne is one of the most common skin conditions that affect Americans, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. While young adults and teens are the most likely to experience this skin condition, anyone at any age can experience symptoms of acne. Too often patients are not given the time and attention needed for them to fully understand the nature and treatment of acne. Our dermatology staff at Gainesville Dermatology & Skin Surgery have been specially trained to assist you in the proper use of medications, cleansing agents and cosmetics. We believe we have developed the most well-rounded approach to the treatment of acne, combining medical expertise with at-home skin care practices to provide our patients with the ideal acne remedies based on their needs. Contact a Gainesville dermatologist with our practice today for compressive acne skin care.
What is acne?
Acne is a disorder of the hair follicles (pores) and oil (sebaceous) glands. In acne, skin cells lining the hair follicle do not shed properly and form a plug at the follicle opening, called a comedone. Oil and skin cells build up behind this plug and may rupture into the underlying skin, forming a red and inflamed bump, commonly known as a pimple. Bacteria growing in the pimple can cause additional inflammation and lead to the pimple appearing yellowish-white and fill with fluid or pus, forming what is known as a pustule. While these lesions can be tempting to scratch or pick, acne should never be touched, as the oil and bacteria on our skin can cause increased irritation of the pimple and even lead to scarring.