Aesthetics and Dermatology located in Oakland Park, FL

Acne services offered in Oakland Park, FL

Nearly 50 million Americans experience acne at some point in their lives, making it the most common skin condition in the United States. At Aesthetix Skin & Surgery in Oakland Park, FL, Igor Chaplik, DO, and Nicole Chaplik, PA, use the latest acne treatments to promote clear skin and prevent new breakouts. Call the location nearest you today or schedule an appointment online to learn more.

Acne Q & A

What is acne?

Acne is an inflammatory skin condition that causes red bumps. It occurs when your hair follicles become blocked with dead skin cells, bacteria, and an oily substance called sebum. While acne can develop anywhere on your body, it commonly occurs on the face, chest, back, and shoulders.

Are there different types of acne?

There are several types of acne, including:

A blackhead is an open pore that fills with bacteria and debris. It looks like a small speck of dirt that can be difficult to remove.

Whiteheads are closed pores that appear as small bumps with white tops. They’re filled with oil and dead skin.

Papules are small red bumps that form when the skin inflames. They’re typically not painful unless you squeeze or aggravate them.

Pustules are papules that contain pus. They look similar to whiteheads and can be painful when popped. Picking or popping pustules may lead to scarring.

Nodules are large red bumps that form beneath the skin. They’re usually very painful and can take several weeks to heal.

The most severe form of acne, cysts are nodules that include pus. If popped, cysts can cause an infection beneath the skin and cause scarring.

Determining the type of acne you have helps your provider determine the best treatment plan.

What causes acne?

Acne is a primarily hormonal condition that largely affects teenagers, but it can continue well into adulthood. Many factors can trigger acne breakouts, including:

  • Diet
  • Poor skin care 
  • Hormonal changes
  • Stress
  • Irritating skin care products
  • Certain types of makeup
  • Friction

Genetics can also increase your risk of acne. If your parents or siblings struggled with acne, you’re more likely to experience breakouts.

What are the treatments for acne?

Aesthetix Skin & Surgery tailors your treatment to your specific type of acne, genetic makeup, and lifestyle. A comprehensive skin evaluation helps your provider design a treatment plan that addresses your needs and prevents new breakouts.

Popular types of acne treatments include:

  • Topical medications
  • Oral medications
  • Antibiotics
  • Medication changes
  • Light therapy

A combination approach to treatment may help promote clearer skin and reduce your risk of acne scars.

Call Aesthetix Skin & Surgery today or schedule an appointment online to learn more about acne.