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Nigro Dermatology Group

Cosmetic and Medical Dermatology located in Houston, TX

Acne is one of the most common skin issues in the United States, affecting some 50 million adolescents, teens, and adults each year. It can be embarrassing and painful, but visiting the dermatologist can help. The team at Nigro Dermatology Group specializes in comprehensive acne treatment for people of all ages. Contact one of the two clinic locations in Houston, Texas, by phone or request an appointment online today.

Acne Q & A

What is acne?

Tiny openings called pores cover the surface of your skin. Pores naturally release sweat and oils, but sometimes, they get blocked with oil, bacteria, and dead skin cells.

When a pore gets plugged, acne develops. Acne is common on the face, but it can also occur in any other area of the body. There are several different types of acne, including:

  • Blackheads
  • Whiteheads
  • Pimples
  • Cysts
  • Other minor lumps

Minor acne typically comes and goes without medical intervention, but more extreme cases of acne can lead to painful outbreaks and serious, permanent scarring. Seeking treatment for your acne can help reduce your risk of lasting imperfections.

Who gets acne?

Acne is a common problem for teenagers. When you enter adolescence, your hormone levels rise and your skin starts producing more oils, which increases the likelihood that you’ll experience acne breakouts.

Most people notice that breakouts taper off as they enter their early 20s. However, anyone at any age can have acne. For teens and adults alike, acne can cause low self-esteem because the red, inflamed bumps mar the natural beauty of their facial features.

Effective acne treatment is different for everyone, and there are many nuances in the successful treatment of acne.

How is acne treated?

The dermatologists at Nigro Dermatology Group are experts in acne care. During your appointment, your dermatologist performs a skin evaluation and reviews your medical history to determine which acne treatment options are best for you.

Your doctor can give you tips on proper skin care techniques to minimize acne breakouts or recommend prescription treatments, which can include:

  • Oral medication
  • Topical medication
  • Blue light therapy
  • Chemical acne peels
  • Microdermabrasion

Oral medications range from antibiotics to Accutane®, which is reserved for treating severe recalcitrant (cystic) acne. Other treatments either work to reduce breakouts or help your skin recover from acne quicker.

Don’t suffer from painful, embarrassing acne any longer. Let the team at Nigro Dermatology Group help you find an acne regimen that not only works for your skin but also works with your lifestyle. Call the clinic or request an appointment with the online scheduling tool.