Acne (cystic acne or simply acne) is a treatable common medical condition that generally affects people in their adolescence, but people of any age can experience acne. Acne forms when the glands in your skin become infected or inflamed, however, with the right treatment it can be controlled. Acne commonly affects the face, however, it can appear on your shoulders, back, chest, buttocks and arm. It is more common in males and the severity can range from mild to severe. Females may notice their acne worsening around the time of their menstrual cycle.
At your visit, Dr. Patel will address your concerns and develop an acne treatment plan that will clear your skin. There are several options for clearing your skin:
- Topical products to prevent pores from clogging
- Topical and oral antibiotics to kill Propionibacterium acnes, a bacteria that contributes to acne
- Anti-inflammatory medications
- Accutane or Isotretinoin for severe cases