Living With Acne? New Jersey MD Explains Types of Acne and Treatment Options Now Available

Are you or a member of your family living with acne? Well you're not alone. Acne affects up to 50 million people in the United States annually. Problems associated with acne can include scarring, low self-esteem and even depression.

What is Acne Vulgaris?

Acne Vulgaris is the most common cutaneous disorder affecting adolescents and young adults. Acne tends to resolve in the third decade, but it may persist in adulthood. Acne Vulgaris is a disease of sebaceous follicles.

Acne Vulgaris Factors

• Follicular hyper keratinization
• Increased sebum production
• Propionibacterium acnes within the follicle
• Inflammation

Types of Acne Lesions

• Closed comedo (a whitehead)
• Open comedo (a blackhead)
• Inflammatory lesion or nodule

Diet, Management and Acne Misconceptions

The potential role for diet in acne is controversial; for instance, foods do not worsen acne.

Acne is not a result of poor hygiene. Constant washing doesn't't improve acne. In fact, scrubbing dries and irritates skin further.

Author
ANNA PUDINAK Dr. Anna Pudinak is a family doctor in Clifton, NJ, offering primary care services for all members of the family – from children to seniors. Dr. Pudinak is certified by the American Board of Family Medicine. She is also a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians. Because Dr. Pudinak is multilingual in English, Spanish, and Russian, patients from a variety of backgrounds enjoy having her as their physician. She gives each patient her focused attention, and she prides herself on delivering the best treatment available.

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