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The Causes and Cures of Acne Scars

Published on June 8, 2010

If you’ve got acne, you know it doesn’t matter how often you wash your face or what over-the-counter acne products you use. Sometimes the pimples get better; sometimes they get worse, and sometimes you feel like hiding in your room until forever. So many people think acne – also called zits or pimples – is a problem of the young. Teenagers get acne, not adults, right?

Acne: Not just for teens

Wrong! According to a host of dermatology studies, acne does appear more frequently in teenagers, but anyone can get it. It might be caused by the hormonal changes that happen during puberty, but it’s hormonal changes and acne can also happen during:

  • pregnancy
  • menstrual cycles
  • even from taking birth control pills.

Men can develop acne from excessive oil production or irritation in the hair follicles of the face, or sometimes acne is hereditary. If either of your parents had acne, chances are that you are more likely to get it too.

Discovering the acne treatments that actually work for you

If you have acne or acne scars, the fact that different people react differently to various treatments can make it seem like forever before you start seeing improvements in your skin condition. Here at Manhattan Dermatology & Laser Center, we’ve learned that a number of acne treatments can be effective, but it’s mostly trial and error figuring out which one works for you.

Often, a combination of remedies works best. They might include

  1. prescription lotions
  2. antibiotics
  3. chemical peels
  4. and even light or laser therapy

Fraxel laser treatments for acne

One of the most popular and effective skin treatments for acne scars is a recently developed technology called the Fraxel Laser. It’s gentle and for most people, there is little to no downtime after each treatment. Even some noted celebrities have used this method to improve the appearance of problem skin.

So, don’t hide in your closet until your face is clear again. Contact the doctors at Manhattan Dermatology & Laser Center for more information about what treatments might work best for your acne.

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