The search for an acne cure in San Antonio
Acne is a common skin condition, which can affect adults and adolescents. It begins with sebum, an oily substance secreted by glands connected to the hair follicles. In healthy skin, this oil travels along the hair like a wick. It serves a vital function, moisturizing and protecting the skin and hair. However, like other oils, it becomes sticky in excess, and causes particles to cling. When the body produces too much sebum, it mixes with skin flakes and other debris, plugging the pore (opening to the follicle).Once pores are clogged, additional oil and other matter accumulate, because they are trapped. This warm, moist, closed space is the ideal environment for bacteria to multiply. Certain varieties of the strain p. acnes develop at a rapid rate under these conditions, resulting in inflammation and other acne symptoms.
Why treatment is important
Acne can be painful, but it is not considered a threat to your overall health. In fact, many people (who do not have acne) consider it no more than a nuisance. However, untreated acne can lead to permanent physical scarring. Furthermore, the potential for emotional scarring is grossly underestimated.
According to an extensive study, which was published in BJD (British Journal of Dermatology) the emotional, social, and psychological impact of acne is comparable to that of conditions such as arthritis, diabetes, and epilepsy.
How acne is treated
Purported acne cures abound, from home remedies to retail products to dermatological treatments. This condition can be controlled but, despite the claims of some products, there is no magic formula guaranteed to end acne forever. Effective therapy needs to be tailored to your skin type, the severity of your acne, any other skin conditions you have, and many other factors.
Recommended treatment may include:
- Oral medication such as antibiotics to control bacteria
- Topical medications including ingredients to kill bacteria, reduce oil, and improve skin health
- Laser therapy can reduce bacteria
- Chemical peels can help clean the pores and control bacteria
- Extraction procedures may be used to remove cysts
- Non-irritating, possibly medicated, skin care products and cosmetics
Dr. Vivian Bucay is a board certified dermatologist, and fellow of the AAD (American Academy of Dermatology). She has the expertise to help you choose the best skin care products and regimen, in addition to providing customized treatment. Call the Bucay Center for Dermatology and Aesthetics in San Antonio at 210-692-3000 and schedule your appointment today.