Acne: the who, what, and how

Acne is a skin condition that affects a number of men, women, boys, and girls ranging anywhere from ages 12 and beyond.  The term acne stands for plugged pores (blackheads and whiteheads), pimples, and even deeper lumps (cysts or nodules) that occur on the face, neck, chest, back, shoulders and occasionally the upper arms. It is one of the most common, and while not life threatening, sometimes one of the most embarrassing skin conditions.

What Causes Acne? The primary trigger for acne is fluctuating hormones. Although the hormonal fluctuations that cause acne are most common during the teen years, they can also affect adults. Hormones stimulate the oil glands to produce more sebum, which can block pores. Bacteria can then grow within the pores, causing them to become inflamed and break out.

What Can I do if I have acne? There are a number of treatment options for acne.  Usually it is recommended to start with over-the-counter face washes with benzyl peroxide, or salicylic acid in them.  Acne is a slow process, so sometimes these washes can take 4-12 weeks to really start working, so you must be patient.  If the over the counter options aren’t working for you, then it may be time to see a dermatologist to determine what prescription treatment options may be best for you.

We know going to the doctor can be costly, so if you think you are at the point where you need help managing your acne, but don’t want to have to pay for it, we may have the perfect solution for you!  WDC is now recruiting candidates for our acne study.  If you are a participant in the study, you will receive money compensation for your time AND potentially get FREE acne treatments.  If you think you may be interested in making some money and helping us learn more about current and future treatment options, contact our office today to setup a time to meet with our research department!