Medical Dermatology - Acne

Acne is the term for the blocked pores (blackheads and whiteheads), pimples, and deeper lumps (cysts or nodules) that can appear typically on the face, neck, chest, back, shoulders and upper arms. Seventeen million Americans currently have acne, making it the most common skin disease in the country. While it affects mostly teenagers, adults of any age can have it. Acne is not life-threatening, but it can cause physical disfigurement (scarring) and emotional distress. Treatment varies depending on the type and severity of lesions, skin type and the patient’s age and lifestyle, but on average results are visible in six to eight weeks. Options include:

  • Oral and Topical Therapy

  • Microdermabrasion

  • Chemical Peels

  • Tissue Fillers (Juvederm / Radiesse)

  • Punch excisional surgery for deep “ice-pick” pitted scarring

Castle Dermatology Institute offers customized skin care products for treatment of Acne. These treatments are also effective in reducing the appearance of scars and discolorations associated with acne.


Adolescent Acne

Studies show that during adolescence close to 100% of the population has at least an occasional whitehead, blackhead or pimple—regardless of race or ethnicity. These studies also confirm that acne most frequently occurs between the ages of 12 and 20. The likelihood of developing acne is greatest during adolescence because hormone levels become elevated.

Most mild cases of acne can be controlled at home by gently washing the affected areas and using a topical preparation, such as benzoyl peroxide. If the condition does not improve in 6 to 8 weeks, a dermatologist’s help may be required. Acne that ranges from moderate to severe typically requires the help of a dermatologist. The good news is that today virtually every case of acne can be controlled.