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Medical Dermatology


Acne is the most common skin condition in the United States. Approximately 85 percent of people between the ages of 12 and 24 suffer from some degree of acne.


Signs and symptoms

Acne most often occurs on areas of the skin with the most oil glands, such as the face, chest, and back. Acne is often seen in teens, but can affect adults of all ages. Acne is caused by a combination of factors that clog the hair follicles in the skin



  • What causes acne?
    Acne is a condition with multiple causes. Some factors that play a role in acne are the following: 

    1) Stress.
    2) Diet is another factor that influences acne.
    3) Genetic predisposition.
    4) Hormonal levels
    5) Lifestyle factors may cause or worsen acne.
  • What are the different types of acne lesions?
    1) Closed comedone (whitehead).
    2) Open comedone (blackhead).
    3) Pustules.
    4) Papules.
  • What are the medical treatment options?
    Treatment options for acne aim to reduce the presence of contaminants that can clog pores, including excess oil, dead skin cells, and bacteria. Regardless of the type or severity of your acne, we can advice a treatment and prevention program that will help leave your skin clear and smooth.

    Your ideal acne treatment program depends on your particular type and severity of acne. Some of the most common and effective methods of acne treatment include oral medications, topical medications, and cosmetic treatments:

    1) Oral medications: Antibiotics can help control acne by killing bacteria and reducing inflammation. Antibiotics commonly used for acne include doxycycline, tetracycline, clindamycin, and erythromycin. A type of oral medication called isotretinoin (Accutane) may help reduce the production of sebum and is usually prescribed for people with severe, inflammatory acne that does not respond to other types of treatment. Some brands of birth control pills may also help control acne.Spironolactone is an oral diuretic that has anti male hormone activity and can be a very effective treatment in females.

    2) Topical medications: Topical antibiotics, products containing salicylic acid, and retinoids (vitamin A derivatives) can help control and reduce breakouts. Newest topical medications with anti androgen ( anti male hormone ) activity are very effective and cosmetic treatments including

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