Acne is a largely cosmetic skin condition that can negatively impact your self-esteem and leave scarring. While acne is often thought of as something that we deal with on the face, it can occur anywhere. Treating it properly depends on where it occurs on the body.
Acne is a skin condition that affects millions of people each year. Acne occurs in the pores, which contain a sebaceous gland and a hair follicle. The sebaceous glands produce sebum, or oil which is useful to the skin. Oil moisture, in addition to water moisture, helps to prevent skin from drying out. Think of the oil layer as a bit of a seal on the surface of your skin, keeping the moisture it has from leaving. While this oil is useful, too much of it is a bad thing.
Acne occurs when the body produces too much oil and a pore is clogged. This overproduction can be caused by any number of things, including hormonal shifts. That is why acne is often associated with adolescence and the teenage years.The sebaceous gland does not stop producing oil, but it has nowhere to go. It will grow and swell, forming under the skin as a white or blackhead. Other than the face,this can happen almost anywhere on the body, but primarily develops on the chest, shoulders, and back. For many, acne is an unsightly and embarrassing condition, and it may keep you from feeling comfortable in your own skin.
Additionally, acne can cause infections, scarring and be extremely painful or irritating in some cases. Regardless of where your acne forms, you’re probably looking for ways to treat it.
There are quite a few ways to treat acne and the scars they leave behind. The first, most-practiced line of defense against acne, is medication. There are both oral and topical medications that can be prescribed in order to treat body acne. These drugs work by controlling oil production, or in some cases, hormonal surges. The most commonly prescribed oral medication is called tetracycline. In the event of some severe acne, an antibiotic may be prescribed in addition to a retinoid like isotretinoin. These drugs used in tandem can be an excellent way to stop acne and clear up existing acne.
Another method for treating acne is laser therapy. Laser therapy uses laser technology to target and eliminate acne with intense heat. The light from the laser is able to precisely heat the acne nodule or pimple and not damage the skin around it. The computer inside the laser equipment can actually target acne spots automatically because it focuses on contrast. It works best on fair skin because of that fact. The intense heat and light can sterilize and disinfect pimples and prevent infections from developing.
Another treatment that is most often used on facial acne and other symptoms is microdermabrasion. Microdermabrasion uses a minimally invasive, yet abrasive instrument to make tiny perforations on the skin. This damages the uppermost layers of the skin and causes that skin to die and slough off. Once this skin flakes and falls off, newer, healthier skin grows in its place. For the back and chest where acne develops, microdermabrasion can work to promote healthy growth. The skin that grows in place of old skin will be far healthier and less oily than your skin usually is. This is not a permanent solution, but microdermabrasion on the chest, back and shoulders does work well.
Given how much body acne can negatively impact your self-esteem and your summer plans, you’re probably sick and tired of it. If you are suffering with acne, you don’t need to be, so reach out to the skincare experts at Northeast Dermatology Associates.
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