What is Acne?

What is acne?Each pore opens to a follicle containing a hair and an oil gland. The oil released by the gland helps remove old skin cells and keeps your skin soft. So what is acne?

Glands may produce too much oil. As a result, the pores can become blocked with buildups of dirt, bacteria, and cells, finally causing a blockage called a plug or comedone.

  • The top of the plug is white in a whitehead.
  • Top of the plug is dark in a blackhead.
  • A broken plug may cause swelling and red bumps.

Cystic acne is deep in your skin, with hard, painful cysts.

What triggers acne?

  • Hormonal changes related to puberty, menstrual periods, pregnancy, birth control pills, or stress
  • Greasy or oily cosmetic and hair products
  • Certain drugs (such as steroids, testosterone, estrogen, and phenytoin or Dilantin)
  • High levels of humidity and sweating

Finally, research does not show that chocolate, nuts, and greasy foods cause acne. However, diets high in refined sugars may be related to acne.

Prevention is the best method

You know how noticeable it is, if you have ever suffered from it. First of all, caring for your skin early and thoroughly may keep you from developing scars. After your inflammation has cleared and your skin is no longer inflamed, you can treat the scars that are left. You cannot treat inflamed scars.

Anyone can get acne, even babies, but it is most common in teenagers, when hormonal changes cause the skin to be more oily. It tends to run in families. Dr. Chaitali Nangrani, MD, will suggest treatments based on your individual needs. A combination of microdermabrasion, chemical peels, and skin care is usually recommended for active acne.

You, our client, are our top priority here at Vedas. Located in The Woodlands, Texas, our North Houston office is conveniently located only 10 minutes from I-45 and a step off The Woodlands Parkway. We offer you a free consultation for personalized information on acne scars The Woodlands. Come get acquainted with Dr. Nangrani, our board-certified Medical Director. She has practiced for over 15 years. Please call our office at 281-298-5476 to schedule your consultation.

Acne Scars

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