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Is Acne Treatable?

April 08, 2013

Acne is an irritating and embarrassing skin condition that affects thousands of people. Acne is unsightly and often attracts bullying and name-calling. Some teenagers endure terrible verbal abuse at school simply for having significant cases of acne. Many adults as well as teens deal with this skin condition. There is no doubt that acne affects a person not just physically, but mentally and emotionally as well.

Acne is a condition caused by inflammation of the skin. This skin malady can show up not only the face, but also on the chest, arms, shoulders, etc. What exactly causes acne?

What causes acne?

People everywhere seem to constantly be searching for the true cause of (and cure for) acne. There can be many different causes of acne, a few of which include:

– Hormone problems/fluctuations
– Overactive oil glands
– Picking at existing acne
– Certain types of clothing

Only a dermatologist can determine what is most likely the cause of your acne. That’s why it is important to see a doctor if your acne is severe or stubborn.

Can acne be treated?

Acne is a skin condition that most people absolutely hate dealing with. Thankfully, it is a treatable condition. There are so many treatments for acne, and you may have to try several before you find one that works for you. Traditional acne treatments include:

– Benzoyl peroxide
– Retinoids
– Antibiotics
– Hormone therapy

A note about retinoids: When acne is severe, some dermatologists will prescribe a patient a medication called Isotretinoin (Accutane). Isotretinoin is usually extremely effective at completely clearing the skin of all breakouts. However, it is a medication that can cause a fetus to have major birth defects. Please discuss the risks as well as the benefits of Isotretinoin with your dermatologist.

Do natural treatments clear up acne?

If you prefer not to use chemicals to treat your acne, there are natural alternatives, such as tea tree oil, alpha hydroxy acids, Brewer’s yeast and zinc supplements. Before you decide on a chemically-based acne treatment, consider reading about these natural treatments for acne at

If you are suffering from chronic acne, we encourage you to make an appointment with a dermatologist to discuss your treatment options.

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