Medical Dermatology

Acne

Acne is the term for plugged pores (blackheads and whiteheads), pimples, and even deeper lumps (cysts or nodules) that occur on the face, neck, chest, back, shoulders and even the upper arms. Acne affects most teenagers to some extent. However, the disease is not restricted to any age group. Adults in their 20s - even into their 40s - can get acne. While not a life threatening condition, acne can be upsetting and disfiguring. When severe, acne can lead to serious and permanent scarring. Even less severe cases can lead to scarring.

We also offer PhotoDynamic Therapy. The PhotoDynamic Therapy can combine topical application of a natural substance (ALA/Levulan) with Blu-U Light or be used alone to decrease acne-causing bacteria on the surface of your skin. This therapy reduces inflammation, heals existing blemishes and helps to prevent further breakouts. Because Blu-U light alone is an external acne treatment, it has no potential side effects like those that can occur with Accutane or antibiotics. Learn more about PhotoDynamic Therapy.

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