Treating a Common Skin Disorder
Acne is the most common skin disorder affecting adolescents and young adults. In fact, 85% of all teenagers have had some degree of acne! It may seem incredibly difficult to have patience when you start your treatment for acne. However, keep in mind that if you stick closely to your individualized treatment plan, you will see results.
Many myths have been invented surrounding acne. You may have heard that acne is caused by dirt build up or by eating too much chocolate or candy. Rest assured, these are simply not true.
Acne is the result of a combination of factors:
- Increased amount of oil: Sebum is an oily fluid that moisturizes the skin and hair follicles. Normally, the sebaceous glands serve to protect the skin from dryness. During puberty, the sebaceous glands enlarge and overproduce sebum. The oil overload traps dead cells and clogs the pores.
- Bacteria: P.acnes is a type of bacteria that is normally in the follicles. When a pore becomes clogged, P.acnes can multiply. The body tries to fight the bacteria with an inflammatory response; resulting in even more dead cells and buildup. Inflammation also causes the redness and pain you may have during breakouts. The blackheads and whiteheads you see in the mirror are the result of those dead cells clogging the pores.
In many cases, acne resolves with age. In others, acne may remain a problem until age 40 or 50. Another myth is that you must let acne run its course- this is absolutely false. There are ways to clear your skin and improve your acne, starting today.
Treatment of acne
Many treatments exist for acne and acne scars. Each patient’s treatment plan is customized. Before beginning acne treatment, Dr. Rokhsar will consider what type of acne you have, the severity, the presence of any acne scars, and any past treatments (successful or unsuccessful) you may have had for acne.
Treatments may include:
- Topical medications
- Oral medications
- Laser treatments
- Photodynamic therapy
Dr. Rokhsar is a world expert in acne laser treatment. He has developed many therapies for laser treatment that specially treats active acne.