#84 Acne, What You Need to Know

Acne is the most common skin condition that most family physicians encounter in their medical practice – particularly in teens and young adults. It affects the majority of young people between the ages of 12 and 24. While acne typically begins during puberty, it’s not uncommon to notice acne breakouts at any stage of life. Although acne isn’t typically considered a serious condition, it can sometimes impact a person’s quality of life and happiness.

Today, I explain what acne is, some of the most common causes for acne breakouts, and the most common areas you may find blemishes develop. I highlight how chronic acne can sometimes lead to emotional distress, anxiety, and even depression for some people. I explain the difference between white-head and black-head pimples and how squeezing pimples can ultimately create scar tissue. I also discuss treatment options currently available, including home remedies, over-the-counter medications, and prescription medications, to treat acne breakouts and share a few basic skin care tips you can do each day to keep your skin looking and feeling healthy.


“The good news is – while acne may not be preventable, it’s really treatable.
There are so many effective options out there.”
– Dr. Mark Rowe

This week on In the Doctor’s Chair:

  • General statistics on the commonality of acne in teens and young adults
  • How chronic acne can impact your health, well-being, and quality of life
  • Understanding what sebum is and how it helps keep your skin soft and healthy
  • What causes acne to develop and common areas where acne blemishes are commonly found
  • The two main types of pimples
  • Why you should never squeeze pimples
  • Common causes of acne breakouts
  • Types of food that can cause acne breakouts
  • Treatment options for acne breakouts
  • Basic self-care tips for your skin
  • The impact on your skin from using tanning beds

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