What Causes Acne?
While many people believe that acne is caused by things such as diet and exercise, it’s most often caused by a buildup of oil beneath the surface of the skin that becomes trapped around a hair follicle. This oil, called sebum, mixes with dead skin cells to plug the pores, causing the skin to become red and inflamed. When bacteria are introduced into the plugged pore, additional infection and inflammation can occur, increasing the appearance of the acne on the patient’s skin.
There are several types of acne that patients at Rodgers Dermatology may experience, though the most common, acne vulgaris, produces the most common acne symptoms, including:
During an initial exam, Dr. Rodgers will determine the type of acne the patient may be suffering from and prescribe the recommended treatment option to reduce the symptoms and treat the condition.
Acne Symptoms and Treatment FAQs
There are many questions about acne, acne treatment, and long-term solutions for acne scarring. View some of the most common questions about acne below, and contact our Frisco, Texas office with any additional questions or concerns.
Can hormones or emotions affect my acne breakouts?
Absolutely! Hormonal acne can affect anyone, though it is most common during puberty and amongst menstruating and menopausal women. Emotions also affect acne breakouts, especially intense emotions, such as stress, fear, or anger.
Are there common foods that cause acne?
There are many studies that indicate a high glycemic diet could be associated with more frequent acne breakouts, but eating sugar in moderation may not affect acne. Additionally, patients who may be lactose-intolerant typically experience fewer breakouts when reducing their dairy intake, and avoiding foods with a high grease content may help to improve not only your skin but also your overall health.
Can stress cause acne?
Absolutely! Strong emotions, including high stress, can cause acne breakouts more frequently, as well as increasing the severity of present acne.
Should I stay out of the sun if I have acne?
Any exposure to the sun, especially without proper sunscreen, can cause more than an increase to your acne. While the effects of being in the sun may alleviate some acne by drying out the skin, this is often a short-lived result of sun exposure. Make sure to use a sunscreen any time you may be exposed to the harsh UV rays of the sun to protect your skin and help to prevent long-term conditions, such as skin cancer.
What over-the-counter medications help control acne?
There are several over-the-counter topical medications that may assist in controlling and alleviating the symptoms of acne, though it’s important to choose the best options for your skin type. During an initial exam, Dr. Rodgers may recommend over-the-counter treatments, such as facial cleansers, toners, and moisturizers to reduce the appearance of acne.
Before purchasing products at your local drug store, schedule an appointment with Dr. Rodgers to ensure you are choosing the right products for your skin type and conditions.
What is a good skincare routine to combat acne?
Whether or not you suffer from acne, it’s important to keep your skin clean and moisturized to prevent early signs of aging. Dr. Rodgers can recommend the best cleansers and moisturizers for your specific skin type during an initial appointment to ensure the long-term care of your skin.
Can acne scarring be treated at Rodgers Dermatology?
Yes! Dr. Rodgers offers a variety of treatment options for acne scarring, including the latest technology and topical treatments. If you are concerned about acne scarring, schedule an appointment with Dr. Rodgers to review our options and find the best treatment for your skin!
Schedule an Appointment with Dr. Rodgers for Acne Treatment in Frisco, TX
Reduce the appearance of acne and acne scarring by visiting Dr. Rodgers at Rodgers Dermatology. Dr. Rodgers provides board-certified acne treatments that address both the cause and the symptoms to alleviate the holistic effects acne can cause for patients.
Contact us online or call our office at (972) 704-2400 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Rodgers.