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Acne is a common skin condition of raised, red, inflamed, and sometimes painful bumps. It is most often found on the face, upper chest, and back. Types of acne include comedonal acne (whiteheads and blackheads caused by oil-clogged hair follicles), hormonal acne (deeper acne cysts caused by hormone fluctuations), inflammatory acne (small, red bumps caused by an immune system response or stress), and severe acne cysts (deep nodules that often leave scars). Severe acne can lead to permanent scarring, dark spots, enlarged pores, low self-esteem, and even depression.

Acne in Teens

Acne usually surfaces during adolescence and begins to quiet once a person reaches adulthood. Androgen hormones increase during puberty and cause the oil glands to produce more sebum, which leads to teenage acne. Teens may be more likely to get acne if they use oil-based makeup products, too much makeup, harsh cleansers, or other skin irritants. Acne can lead to low self-esteem in teens and may affect their relationships, self-confidence, and stress levels, which can, in turn, perpetuate acne.

Recommended Treatment:

Over-the-counter acne cleansers, creams, and scrubs often have little to no success in treating moderate to severe acne. Many are too drying and strip the skin of moisture. Dr. Bitter’s safe and effective acne treatments eradicate breakouts by addressing their underlying causes. Dr. Bitter recommends his FotoFacial® Clear™ procedure to kill acne-causing bacteria, ameliorate redness, tighten pores, and reduce oil production.

Adult Acne / Hormonal Acne

Acne can sometimes persist well into adulthood, especially among women. Adult acne is usually hormonal acne and is exacerbated by hormone fluctuations during menstruation, pregnancy, or menopause. Adult acne may be worsened by stress, diet, makeup, genetics, and certain medications.

Recommended Treatments:

While over-the-counter scrubs and cleansers are too harsh and drying, Dr. Bitter’s revolutionary FotoFacial® treatments cleanse the skin from the inside out. Broadband light technology penetrates the skin and miraculously boosts collagen, evens out skin tone, and helps it to heal. With regular treatments, acne can be eradicated, and clear skin can be restored.

If you or someone you know suffers from acne, Dr. Bitter can help. Contact us today to schedule your consultation with world-renowned board-certified dermatologist Dr. Patrick Bitter, Jr. Call us at 408-358-5757 or fill out our online contact form today!

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