Acne is one of the most common skin conditions, caused by a combination of overactive oil glands, clogging of pores, and growth of bacteria. During your visit, we will examine your skin and ask you a few questions. Please review the questions below, as your answers will help us better understand and treat your condition.
- Did you start any new medications prior to break-out?
- Have you recently started using any new skin care products, prior to the onset of acne break-out?
- What products or medications have you tried to treat your acne?
- Does anyone in your family suffer from acne?
- Have you noticed whether certain food affects your acne?
- Do you smoke?
FOR WOMEN ONLY:
- Are you on birth control pills?
- Have you recently stopped taking birth control pills?
- Are you trying to get pregnant?
- Are your menstrual cycles regular or irregular?
- Are your cycles longer than 4-5 weeks?
We will examine, thoroughly, acne prone skin areas of the body where break-out occur. These can include face, neck, chest and back. Different types of acne lesions are:
- open comedones (also known as blackheads)
- closed comedones (also known as whiteheads)
- pustules (red pus-filled bumps)
- cysts (large, often painful deep bumps)
- acne scars
Acne is generally categorized into three categories: mild, moderate and severe.
Mild acne usually lasts for a few years beginning at puberty. It can be treated with topical over-the-counter medications and occasionally with prescription strength topical medication.
Moderate acne usually requires prescription strength topical medications and occasionally oral prescriptions. We recommend treating moderate acne as soon as possible in order to prevent scarring.
Severe acne can be disfiguring and cause permanent scarring and skin discoloration. Severe acne usually requires prescription medication to successfully treat the condition.