What is acne?

Acne is one of the most common skin disorders. It is a multifactorial and complex disease, which is why it takes exploring multiple different avenues to treat it. It originates in the pilosebaceous follicle where a hereditary background, androgens(hormones), skin lipids(fats), disorders of keratinization, inflammatory signaling, and regulatory neuropeptides seem to be mainly involved. Acne is a disease not only that affects the skin but the psyche. It is a passion of ours to help you overcome. We provide in depth skin assessment and treatments plans depending on your history and current condition. Come see us to clear your skin.

What causes acne?

Acne develops when pores become clogged. What type of acne you get depends on what clogs your pores, what your genetic background is, what foods you eat, if you smoke or use the wrong products.

Why does acne usually develop in your teen years?

Hormones may explain why acne is so common in teenagers. During puberty, hormones called androgens increase the size of the skin’s oil glands. These glands start making more oil, which can clog pores. Becoming oilier also increases the growth of a normal yeast, pityrosporum on the scalp face and body. This yeast can increase and cause acne, dandruff, and other skin rashes.

Can acne start before or after your teen years?

Yes. People can get acne at almost any age.

Around 20% of newborns develop a type of acne called neonatal acne, which usually appears between the second and fourth weeks of life. This type of acne goes away on its own without causing scars. It does not increase the risk of developing severe acne later in life.

Some children develop infantile acne, which begins between 3 and 6 months of age. Infantile acne can cause deep acne nodules and cysts, leading to permanent acne scars. Fortunately, infantile acne is rare.

Acne is also a growing problem for women over 25 years of age. Most of these women had acne as teens and continue to get breakouts as adults. Some of these women had teenage acne that cleared. Now years later, they are experiencing acne breakouts again. About 20% to 40% of women who have adult acne develop it for the first time as an adult.

Can acne start before or after your teen years?

Yes. People can get acne at almost any age.

Around 20% of newborns develop a type of acne called neonatal acne, which usually appears between the second and fourth weeks of life. This type of acne goes away on its own without causing scars. It does not increase the risk of developing severe acne later in life.

Some children develop infantile acne, which begins between 3 and 6 months of age. Infantile acne can cause deep acne nodules and cysts, leading to permanent acne scars. Fortunately, infantile acne is rare.

Acne is also a growing problem for women over 25 years of age. Most of these women had acne as teens and continue to get breakouts as adults. Some of these women had teenage acne that cleared. Now years later, they are experiencing acne breakouts again. About 20% to 40% of women who have adult acne develop it for the first time as an adult.

Can smoking or vaping cause acne?

One study found that smoking/vaping may play a role for some women with acne. In this study, the women who smoked had noticeable whiteheads and blackheads that often covered a large area of their face. Some also had a few pimples. The more cigarettes a woman smoked increased the severity of the acne and scarring.

Can stress cause acne?

While stress cannot cause acne, stress may worsen existing acne. Results from studies suggest that when stress intensifies, the severity of the acne increases.

Can food or anything else worsen acne?

Yes. Acne may worsen if you:

  • Get too little sleep
  • Not showering or washing your body, face, or hair regularly
  • Eat certain foods (everybody is different)
  • Use comedogenic makeup and skincare products
  • Apply oily hair care products, such as pomade
  • Do not regularly wash your pillowcases or masks

Are some people more likely to get acne?

Everyone develops at least a few breakouts during the teenage years. It is impossible to predict who will develop more severe acne, but you have a higher risk if one or both of your parents (or other close blood relative) had severe acne that left them with acne scars.

The good news is that you do not have to live with acne. Today, virtually every case of acne can be treated successfully.

Acne is a disease not only that affects the skin but the psyche. It is a passion of ours to help you overcome. We provide in-depth skin assessment and treatments plans depending on your history and current condition. See us to clear your skin.

What is rosacea?

Rosacea is an inflammatory vascular disease of the face, known for the flushing, redness, and pimple like lesions that may come. There are different forms of Rosacea, some more significant than others. There are certain triggers that can make rosacea worse such as spicy food, wine, and the sun. Just because you have little blood vessels on your face does not necessarily mean you have rosacea. See us for an evaluation and treatment plan to decrease and prevent the discomfort of this disease.

Our treatments for acne & rosacea

You’ll have a healthy and glowing complexion with the right acne or rosacea treatment. Speak with our team today about how we may be able to educate you on your skincare. With the use of products, peels, light therapies, diet education and other recommended treatments, we will get you clear.

The benefits of treating acne & rosacea

We understand that acne and rosacea can not only be painful, but also damaging to your self-worth and confidence. Acne can also lead to lifelong scarring of the face, back or chest. The earlier you start treatment to better! Our goal is that you look and feel your best without acne or rosacea.

“Be good to your skin. You’ll wear it every day for the rest of your life.”

Reno Tahoe Dermatology serves Reno, Sparks, Spanish Springs, Sun Valley, Lake Tahoe in Northern Nevada & East California.

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