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Acne

Acne is an extremely common and treatable dermatological condition, which can vary a great deal in severity. With more severe cases of acne, there can be additional negative physical, emotional, and social problems that are created. Our team at Liberty Lake Dermatology are happy to help you treat and manage your acne so that you can continue living a full and positive life.

Acne begins in the skin’s hair follicles, which are called sebum. Sebum is an oily substance that the skin produces that is meant to keep your skin both flexible, moisturized, and healthy. However, there are times where sebum becomes thick and sticky and combines with dead skin cells, leading to the hair follicles to become plugged. When the follicles are plugged, then you will begin developing whiteheads. On the other hand, if the follicles are unblocked, you may develop blackheads.

When your pores become plugged, it creates the ideal environment for bacteria to grow, which leads to eruptions on the surface of the skin in the form of swelling, redness, and pus—or, simply put a pimple. If not taken care of properly, a simple pimple can become even more infected and go even deeper, becoming lumps, nodules, or even cysts that are best removed by a professional.

While anyone can have acne, there is also a hereditary aspect to it. Meaning, if you have large pores are oily skin, you will be more likely to suffer from more severe cases of acne. Hormone levels also play a large role in the development of acne, which is why it is commonly seen in teenagers as they go through puberty. Women are also more prone to developing acne due to their menstrual cycles. Other causes of acne to keep in mind include emotional stress, oils and grease from cosmetic products, and even medicines containing cortisone and barbiturates.

When you come to Liberty Lake Dermatology for acne treatment, we will work closely with you to determine the best course of action for your specific case.