Though it is the most common skin condition, acne can be a frustrating, embarrassing condition. Though some cases of acne are mild, sometimes this condition can become chronic. Luckily, treating your chronic acne is possible with help from your dermatologist. Find out more about chronic acne treatments with Dr. Sanjiva Goyal at Coastal Dermatology and MedSpa in Jacksonville and Pointe Vedra Beach, FL.
What causes chronic acne?
Though a pimple every once in a while is a perfectly normal occurrence, this acne is not chronic or severe. Severe, chronic acne often has cysts and nodules, affects a large area of skin, or which leaves significant scarring once healed. At its root, acne comes from the sebaceous glands in the skin producing too much sebum. The extra sebum causes the pores to produce more skin cells which eventually become stuck together by the sebum and clog the pores, creating a pimple. The appearance of acne can be caused by hormonal changes, diet, stress, or even some medications.
Do I have chronic acne?
Chronic acne can occur on the face, chest, back, shoulders, and neck. The blemishes often lie deep under the surface of the skin and become filled with pus or fluid. Blemishes can occur in clusters or on their own, and the acne itself is often painful and causes scarring once healed. The acne cysts can vary in size, from small specks to several centimeters in size. Treating chronic acne will depend on the patient, their medical and family history, any other underlying conditions, and their lifestyle choices.
Treating Chronic Acne in Jacksonville and Pointe Vedra Beach
The goals of treating chronic acne are to clear the acne itself, prevent new scarring from occurring, and help the patients’ overall physical and mental wellness. Often, treatment begins with an oral antibiotic and topical medication applied directly to the acne. If antibiotics fail to produce results, isotretinoin treatments are highly successful in treating severe acne.
For more information on acne treatments, please contact Dr. Goyal at Coastal Dermatology and MedSpa in Jacksonville and Pointe Vedra Beach, FL. Call (904) 727-9123 to schedule your appointment in Jacksonville, and (904) 567-1050 to schedule your appointment in Pointe Vedra Beach today!