According to the American Academy of Dermatology, the most common skin condition in the United States is acne. Teens are not the only ones who have acne; adults can get acne as well. Acne breakouts develop when there is a buildup of bacteria underneath the surface of the skin behind clogged pores. Both teens and adults dealing with acne can experience low self-esteem. Dr. Evan Ransom at Ransom, MD can help treat your acne and gain your confidence back.
Teens usually have oily skin, especially in the T-zone. The T-zone is made up of the forehead, nose, and chin. Teen acne is brought about by puberty and when puberty ends so does the signs of acne. Teen acne appears as whiteheads, blackheads, pustules, and cysts. Teen acne is most often on the face and neck. Cell turnover is faster and skin is more resilient in teens resulting in a faster recovery with appropriate skin treatments. Typically boys are more prone to acne than girls. Over-the-counter solutions containing benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid can help keep skin clean and prevent additional breakouts.
Adults especially women in their 20s, 30s, and 40s can develop acne. The skin of adults is either dry or combination skin and tends to be more sensitive. Adult acne can appear on the face, neck, back, chest, and shoulders. Adult acne can be caused by environmental factors, medications, or changes in the body. Over-the-counter products for adults do not have the same effect for treating acne as teens because of the sensitivity of their skin. Adults may be inclined to seek professional help.
Dr. Ransom will work with each patient to determine the best treatment plan. Call Dr. Ransom today to schedule a consultation if you are suffering from the effects of acne.