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Skin Cancer Specialists

Dermatologists & Skin Cancer Surgery located in Sugar Land, TX

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Very few teens make it through their school years without acne, but the problem doesn’t always go away with age; you may still struggle with acne through adulthood. At any age, acne takes a toll on your self-esteem. Tarek Fakhouri, MD, at Skin Cancer Specialists helps teens and adults with acne, providing skin care and medical treatments that make you happy to look in the mirror. For exceptional acne treatment, call the office in Sugarland, Texas, or book an appointment online.

Acne Q & A

What causes acne?

Acne begins when glands in your skin produce excess oil, which naturally occurs due to hormonal changes at adolescence. Oil glands are located deep inside hair follicles. If skin cells at the surface block the follicle’s opening, oil backs up in the clogged follicle, and you have acne.


Bacteria that normally live on the surface of your skin often get mixed in with the oil. As a result, acne becomes inflamed, red, and swollen.

What are the different types of acne?

Acne is commonly used to describe many different types of blemishes found on your face. Each one, however, has a specific medical name:
  • Comedones (blackheads and whiteheads)
  • Papules (small pimples)
  • Pustules (small, pus-filled pimples)
  • Nodules (painful, large pimples)
  • Cysts (deep, painful, pus-filled bumps)
Although hormones and skin care have a primary role in acne, flare-ups may be triggered by steroids, hormones, heavy cosmetics, and a diet high in dairy products and sugary foods.

When should I get professional help for acne?

The short answer is that you should consult Dr. Fakhouri any time you’re bothered by acne. However, it’s important to seek medical care when your acne doesn’t clear up, it worsens, or it becomes inflamed and swollen.


When severe acne goes untreated, it can cause an infection in the surrounding tissue. You may also develop scarring or skin discoloration.


Adults with persistent acne should have their skin evaluated by Dr. Fakhouri. Your condition may not be acne; you could have rosacea, which can cause acne-like pimples.


If you try to treat rosacea with over-the-counter acne products, you may end up worsening the rosacea.

How is acne treated?

Following a gentle skin care, routine plays a big role in preventing and treating acne. Dr. Fakhouri can recommend the best products and develop an individualized skin care regimen based on the severity of your acne, type of skin, and age. Dr. Fakhouri offers a variety of treatments customized to the type and cause of your acne. Your treatment plan may include:
  • Topical medications to relieve inflammation
  • Topical or oral antibiotics to eliminate bacteria
  • Medications to dry excess oil and promote exfoliation
  • Chemical peels to remove blackheads and papules
  • Hormonal medications to restore balance
  • Isotretinoin to reduce inflammation and decrease oil production
Dr. Fakhouri may also recommend laser therapy. Noninvasive laser treatment helps treat acne and diminish acne scars. Whether your acne is mild or severe, you can restore your complexion with individualized treatment. Call Skin Cancer Specialists, or book an appointment online.