Acne

Acne is the most common skin condition in the United States. Most people experience acne problems during their adolescent years but grow out of it by adulthood. However, acne can continue throughout adulthood as well. This condition causes blemishes to appear on the skin. Pimples and blackheads appear most frequently on the face, neck, chest, back, and shoulders. Dr. Krathen is a board-certified dermatologist who offers many great acne treatments at Essential Dermatology in Natick, MA

What Causes Acne?

Acne is caused by pores that are clogged with debris and oil. Bacteria starts to grow in these areas and cause acne. There are many factors that can contribute to flare-ups. Hormones, sleep, exercise, diet, and genetics all contribute to acne. Some people can see reduction in acne by making lifestyle changes while others deal with chronic acne that never goes away. 

Acne Symptoms

  • Red, inflamed skin
  • Blackheads
  • Whiteheads
  • Pimples
  • Cysts
  • Papules
  • Nodules
  • Dark spots on the skin

Treatments for Acne

Dr. Krathen can help recommend treatments for your acne depending on the type of acne, causes, and skin type. Mild acne can usually be helped with products containing benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid. If acne is more severe than a professional treatment may be needed to clear it up. Different treatments offered at Essential Dermatology are:

It is important to remember to keep your skin clean and continue to use an at-home treatment. This will help to prevent any future flare-ups. Dr. Krathen will go over recommended at-home treatments with you. 

Schedule a Consultation

At Essential Dermatology, Dr. Krathen helps patients address skin conditions like acne. He will recommend treatments for you that help to relieve your acne symptoms but also helps your skin to remain healthy. To get started on finding the right treatments for you, call us to schedule a consultation with Dr. Krathen.