Acne is Both a Cosmetic and Medical Concern

Acne is Both a Cosmetic and Medical Concern | Refined Dermatology, Los Gatos

Acne is Both a Cosmetic and Medical Concern

Acne is often thought of as a cosmetic issue, but the reality is that it is both a medical and cosmetic concern. Refined Dermatology offers a wide range of specialized acne treatments to tackle the root of your specific type of acne while also treating cosmetic issues that can decrease confidence.

What Exactly Is Acne?

Acne vulgaris is usually a chronic disease that requires some type of medical intervention. It happens when hair follicles are clogged from oil and dead skin cells. The most common forms of acne are pimples, blackheads, and whiteheads. Even these milder cases of acne can lead to scarring. Since acne is exacerbated by oil, it usually occurs where there is concentrated oil on the body: the face, back, and upper chest.

There are many factors that can lead to or exacerbate acne. Genetics can play a role in 80 percent of cases. Hormone shifts are also a major factor, which is why acne is especially prevalent in adolescence and menopause. One common cause of acne is an excess of Propionibacterium acnes, a type of bacteria that occurs naturally on the skin.

A holistic approach to treatment is often recommended which can include medications (over the counter and prescription), a wide range of medical procedures available at Refined Dermatology, and sometimes lifestyle changes. It is estimated that acne affects 633 million people each year around the globe. It is the eighth most common disease, and although it is most common in teens (with up to 90 percent in North America), it can happen to anyone of any age.

Contact Refined Dermatology Today!

Half of the people in their 20s and 30s suffer from some form of acne. However, there are numerous classifications of acne, and some serious types will require medical intervention for pain relief and to prevent serious scarring. A pustule is an inflamed pimple that can easily scar, while a nodule is a deep bump sensitive to touch. Cysts are enlarged pus-filled lesions similar to a boil, and severe nodulocystic acne is a series of inflamed cysts that scar very easily. No matter what type of acne you have, help is available. Contact Refined Dermatology at 408-384-3845.