Dermatologists frequently see patients with acne presenting to their office. Although common among teenagers, adults can also suffer from this condition. Women are more likely to get acne in adulthood due to hormonal changes. Various medications and supplementscan lead to acne vulgaris including steroids, hormone therapy, vitamins B2, B6 and B12, and other medications. There are 4 main factors in the development of acne:
1) Increased oil production
2) Abnormal rapid shedding of skin cells causing clogged follicles
3) Bacterial proliferation (by Cutibacterium acnes)
Acne can range from a few comedones to inflamed papules, pustules, and nodules. Acne can lead to permanent scarring and significant psychosocial distress. Initiating treatment in the earliest stages is best. Based on your level of acne severity and risk factors, Dr. Afzal will create a customized dermatology treatment plan to help you get clear and beautiful skin.