What is Acne and how does it develop?

Acne is a disease that affects the skin’s oil glands. The small holes in your skin (pores) connect to oil glands under the skin. These glands make an oily substance called sebum. The pores connect to the glands by a canal called a follicle. Inside the follicles, oil carries dead skin cells to the surface of the skin. A thin hair also grows through the follicle and out to the skin. When the follicle of a skin gland clogs up, a pimple grows. Most pimples are found on the face, neck, back, chest, and shoulders. Acne is not a serious health threat, but it can cause scars.

Will My Acne Ever Go Away?

Acne flare ups can disappear on their own if the body can restore balance however sometimes the body needs help to normalize and this means finding the root cause. Use of conventional physician prescibed medicines and topical treatments are temporary measures and often dont provide a long term solution to the problem. With the right treatment plan it is a realistic expectation that acne can be resolved.

What Causes Acne?

It is a common belief that things like too much sugar, chocolate and alcohol can cause acne. While these things can contribute to the problem the cause can be much more complex, for example an imbalance of your gut microbia. An assessment by a physician will help you gain a better understanding of your specific cause.

What do your doctors do differently?

A functional medicine assessment can identify the root cause and help our doctor provide a course of treatment specific to your needs. To get an idea of the depth of assessment please review the functional medicine intake form. This needs to be completed when you make your appointment. Please see the next question and answer to understand how to manage active acne while you are being treated by the physician.

Cutera® Laser Genesis demo - Acne and Scarring treatment

At CRM we use State of the Art technology laser to manage active acne. Our R.N and clinical assistant will educate and provide you with skin care options should you wish to use a complimentary skin treatment program. This integrated approach of laser, professional product and personalized medical program has proven results. You can visit our video tab, view our before and after pictures and read our testimonials for client feedback. Should you have additional questions please make an appointment for an acne consultation.

Acne Stages

Sometimes, the hair, sebum, and skin cells clump together into a plug. The bacteria in the plug cause swelling. Then when the plug starts to break down, a pimple grows. There are many types of pimples. The most common types are: Whiteheads. These are pimples that stay under the surface of the skin. Blackheads. These pimples rise to the skin’s surface and oxidation makes them look black. Papules. These are small pink bumps that can be tender. Pustules. These pimples are red at the bottom and have pus on top. Nodules. These are large, painful, solid pimples that are deep in the skin. Cysts. These deep, painful, pus-filled pimples can cause scars.






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