Dermatologists & Skin Cancer Surgery located in Sugar Land, TX
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.
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.