Acne affects up to 50 million Americans yearly, making it the most common skin condition in the United States. Whether you are young, old, male, or female, you are likely to experience acne at some point in your life, whether it is just the occasional pimple or chronic acne. Luckily, there are many different treatment options and ways to help reduce your acne and our skincare experts at Azeal Dermatology Institute in Boulder can help.

Treatment options differ depending on the severity of your acne and how often you have breakouts. Although acne is practically synonymous with the teenage years, many people suffer from chronic breakouts even after their teenage years are over. A huge percentage of adults battle acne for years of their life, even well into their 50s.

Why does acne occur?

There are many different types of acne, each of which is influenced by different things. The most common type of acne is caused by hormone levels. Changing hormones will cause your skin glands to make more sebum, which is your skin’s natural oil. This oil is released from the skin pores to protect the skin and keep it moist. However, it also causes acne to form. Acne begins when dead skin cells and oils mix and clogs the skin’s pores. Once clogged, bacteria can grow, which causes swelling, pus, and redness — what we know all too well as a pimple.

There are six different types of acne pimples, which vary in severity, size, and level of pain.

  • Whiteheads
  • Blackheads
  • Papules
  • Pustules
  • Nodules
  • Cysts

Depending on the type of acne pimples you have and the severity of them, there are different ways you can treat this skin condition. While our dermatologists at Azeal Dermatology Institute can help you find the right treatment option for you, there are other at-home treatments that you can try to help reduce acne flare-ups and breakouts. Some of the treatments you can try at home include:

  • Gently wash the affected skin up to two times daily with water.
  • Never squeeze the pimples. Often times, this action will lead to an infection, worsened acne, and scars.
  • Use a moisturizer to keep your skin from drying. Our dermatologists can help you find the right moisturizer for you.
  • Use a dermatologist recommended acne treatment at home.

While a proper home skincare routine can help to reduce the amount of acne breakouts you experience, some acne may need more intense treatment options. To better understand why your skin is developing acne and to have a healthy skin regime designed just for you, schedule an appointment with one of our qualified dermatologists.