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Springville Dermatology Address732 North Main Springville, UT 84663
Acne
Acne Scar Treatment Utah
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Acne is the most common skin disorder in the United States. It is an embarrassing problem for many teenagers and can commonly continue into adulthood.

Acne is a disorder of the pilosebaceous (hair and oil) unit of the skin. Acne begins during adolescence when androgenic hormones are at its peak causing abnormal follicular keratinization. What is “abnormal follicular keratinization”? Well, instead of the skin shedding like it should it binds with excessive oil and plugs up pores within the skin. This blockage results in forming comedones or what are better known as blackheads or whiteheads. Over time whiteheads and blackheads will enlarge and rupture and then produce an inflammatory condition called papules, pustules, and cysts. These are the red tender bumps that stand out like constellations or “third eyes” on the face. If left alone, these inflammatory and infections lesions can worsen and result in permanent skin damage and scars.



What can I do about my Acne?

Despite what testimonials and late-night infomercials for acne preparations say there is no “one size fits all treatment”. Acne is influenced by many different factors such as genetics, stress, environment, lifestyle habitus, and so on. When it comes to acne everyone is different. Most cases of mild to moderate acne can be treated with topical medications which are used to train the skin and decrease inflammation. There are many over the counter products but they are not as strong or as effective as prescription strengths. Occasionally acne is more advance and oral antibiotics are even stronger medications like Accutane is necessary to prevent scarring. An exam and discussion with Dr Peterson can help determine what effective treatment is the right one for your type of acne and to improve your overall appearance.



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