Unfortunately, acne is the most common skin condition in the United States that attacks people of all ages and ethnicities. However, acne most commonly affects teenagers and women who are about to begin their menstrual cycle due to hormonal activity. This disease consists of pimples, lumps, cysts, nodules, blackheads and whiteheads that occur mainly in the face, neck, back, shoulders and chest. Acne is caused by the blockage of hair follicles that release oil, by overproduction of oil of enlarged oil glands, or because of the growth of the P. acnes bacteria that develops within the hair follicle. The condition can also be caused by hormonal factors and certain medications. Although extensive research has confirmed that acne is not caused by bad diet habits, stress and poor hygiene, leading a healthy lifestyle can help to restore the skin’s appearance and glow.
Acne can cause bad marks and scarring; therefore it is very important that patient’s seek treatment for acne before the permanent scars develop.
There are a few effective treatments acne and scars. Dr. Nikko evaluates each patient individually to determine the best treatment option.