Drs. Whitney Tope and Dawn Tope, the dermatologists in Edina, MN, understand what it means to have acne. About 5 percent of adults and 80 percent of adolescents suffer from acne, which can cripple an individual's confidence.
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The secretion of sebum from sebaceous glands is a natural process. This oil gland is meant to provide your skin with the moisture it needs, but this isn't always the case. The sebum moves from the root of the hair follicle to the top, the surface of the skin.
When you're suffering from acne, though, the sebum doesn't reach the surface of the skin. Instead, it creates a blockage, which consists of sebum and dead cells.
Whiteheads are formed when the opening of the hair follicle is completely blocked. Blackheads, on the other hand, are formed when the hair follicle's pore is still open. The inflammation of whiteheads and blackheads can produce red pustules that, when inflamed, lead to the scarring of the skin.
Treating acne isn't easy and your Edina dermatologists know just what to do. Here are a few techniques that may help with acne:
- If your acne is only mild, Benzoyl Peroxide may help in reducing the blockage of the skin pores
- Your hair follicles are susceptible to infections, which is why antibiotics, both oral and topical, may be important to consider
- Using sources of Vitamin A, such as tretinoin, helps exfoliate blocked pores
- Some people may use a metal instrument that removes and extracts whiteheads and blackheads manually or by force
Unfortunately, no matter how much you may try to keep your skin healthy and eliminate acne, scars may develop. This shouldn't worry you though. Modern technology has several techniques to help reduce or eliminate those scars.
Here are some procedures your dermatologist provides:
- Chemical peels
- Laser Skin Treatment
For more information on acne, acne scars, and the various acne treatments, don't hesitate to call your Edina, MN, dermatologist.