Acne is the most common skin disease in the United States and affects up to 50 million Americans annually. Most teenagers experience some form of acne, and adults of any age can suffer from it. Though not life threatening, acne can cause physical scarring and emotional distress.
There are 11 different kinds of acne, each needing different treatments depending on the type and severity of lesions, skin type, and the patient’s age and lifestyle. The most common forms of acne are:
- Blackheads – bacteria and dead skin that block hair follicles and turn black when reacting with oxygen on the surface of the skin
- Whiteheads – oil glands covered by skin traps the oil, causing white spots on the skin
- Papules – inflamed small red bumps on the skin
- Pustules – white spots generally filled with pus
- Nodules – hard, painful, inflamed bumps larger than papules or pustules; usually require medical treatment including medicine
- Cysts – pus filled and painful to touch, generally bigger and deeper than the aforementioned types of acne; requires medical attention
The more severe forms of acne require more specialized treatments by a dermatologist. They include:
- Acne Rosacea – often appears as a red rash on the cheeks, chin, and nose
- Acne Mechanica – results from excessive heat and appears where friction occurs on skin; affects athletes or those who often wear helmets or sports gear for prolonged periods
- Pyoderma Faciale – painful nodules and pustules believed to be stress-hormone related and often affects women ages 20 to 40
- Acne Fulminans – a rare and serious condition characterized by the sudden onset of nodular and ulcerative acne lesions. Patient’s may also experience fever and joint aches and this type of acne typically scars young men
- Acne Conglobata – interconnected lesions on the chest, upper arms, face, thighs and buttocks; the most rare and severe type; affects both men and women
To prevent scarring or dark spots on the skin, do not pick at any type of acne. Instead, contact us to see a dermatologist as soon as possible. Modern treatments and procedures are constantly evolving. Today there are new, effective and safe treatments available that can help you obtain the beautiful skin that you deserve. The results of acne treatments are generally visible in six to eight weeks.
*Results may vary per patient.
Everyone in the office is very helpful and kind - they truly care for each patient and their individual needs. Thank you!
This is an awesome office! All the staff are so friendly and caring! If you have a dermatological problem, then they will do everything in their power to help you! I definitely recommend them.
Dr. Blattel is the best I've been seeing her for 10+ years!