Acne is a common skin condition that occurs when hair follicles become plugged up with dead skin cells and oil.
Acne is a common skin condition that occurs when hair follicles become plugged up with dead skin cells and oil. It can result in pimples, blackheads or whiteheads, which often appear on the face, chest, shoulders and upper back. Acne forms on these sections of the body because the skin in these areas have the most sebaceous (oil) glands. Hair is connected to oil glands and when the follicle wall bulges or plugs up, whiteheads and blackheads develop. Blackheads can look like dirt that is stuck in the pores, but the color results from the pore being congested with bacteria and oil, turning brown when it is exposed to the air. While blackheads are clogged pores that stay open, whiteheads are clogged pores that close up. Pimples are red dots (occasionally with a white center) that develop when a blocked hair follicle becomes infected or inflamed with bacteria.
Contrary to popular belief, oily foods do not cause acne. Instead, age, hormonal shifts, family history, stress, friction or pressure on the skin and family history can increase your chances of developing pimples, blackheads and whiteheads. People of all ages can develop acne, but it is more common among teenagers because they experience hormonal shifts. Adults who use certain medications containing lithium, corticosteriods or androgens may increase the risk of this cosmetic concern. If both of your parents deal with pimples, you are likely to develop them as well. Stress and friction do not necessarily cause pimples to form, but they may make it worse. And while french fries and other greasy foods do not cause pimples, oily lotions & creams can impact clear skin.
At Laser Aesthetic in Methuen, we provide HydraFacial treatments to reduce acne.* The HydraFacial is a 30-minute, non-invasive skin care treatment that removes the topmost layer of skin cells. This helps to remove excess oil and dead skin cells that cause pimples, whiteheads and blackheads. With just one treatment, you can see noticeable results that last!* The learn more about HydraFacial, and to see before and after photos, click here. During your initial, free consultation, we will determine if HydraFacial can help you.