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What causes acne, and how is it treated?

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Dr. Karen Han
Dermatology
4 doctors agree

In brief: Multifactorial

The cause of acne flare is multifactorial, but can be roughly categorized into 3 components: excessive oil gland production, excessive inflammation, and hormonal fluctuation.
We use topical drying agents to reduce oil gland production; topical or oral antibiotics to reduce inflammation; oral contraceptives in women to control hormonal fluctuation.

In brief: Multifactorial

The cause of acne flare is multifactorial, but can be roughly categorized into 3 components: excessive oil gland production, excessive inflammation, and hormonal fluctuation.
We use topical drying agents to reduce oil gland production; topical or oral antibiotics to reduce inflammation; oral contraceptives in women to control hormonal fluctuation.
Dr. Karen Han
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Dr. James Newman
Facial Plastic Surgery
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Sebaceous glands

Acne can occur anywhere there are sebaceous glands (oil glands) in the skin.
Web md is a great resource to learn more about acne. Skin hygiene with soap and water followed by benzol peroxide or 2% salicylic acid products are over the counter options. An evaluation by a dermatologist can help develop a long term plan. Resistant acne can also be treated with antibiotics and some laser therapy.

In brief: Sebaceous glands

Acne can occur anywhere there are sebaceous glands (oil glands) in the skin.
Web md is a great resource to learn more about acne. Skin hygiene with soap and water followed by benzol peroxide or 2% salicylic acid products are over the counter options. An evaluation by a dermatologist can help develop a long term plan. Resistant acne can also be treated with antibiotics and some laser therapy.
Dr. James Newman
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Dr. Maritza Baez
Family Medicine

In brief: Acne

Don't wash your face with body soap.
Also don't use alcohol or comedogenic products on your face. Try to find an acne wash system like neutrogena or something with benzoyl peroxide. Following low sodium diet might help too, since acne-causing bacteria like salt. You can try to prevent spreading bacteria onto your face by not touching your face, washing your phone, etc.

In brief: Acne

Don't wash your face with body soap.
Also don't use alcohol or comedogenic products on your face. Try to find an acne wash system like neutrogena or something with benzoyl peroxide. Following low sodium diet might help too, since acne-causing bacteria like salt. You can try to prevent spreading bacteria onto your face by not touching your face, washing your phone, etc.
Dr. Maritza Baez
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