You may have heard the phrase "knowledge is power," and that's certainly true when it comes to acne. Houston's Dr. Christine Cheng emphasizes education in the fight against this very common skin condition, which impacts an estimated 80 percent of the U.S. population between the ages of 11 and 30. Adult acne seems to be increasing, too, especially in women. Despite the fact that acne is a widespread problem, many people don't understand its causes or what can be done to treat it.
Acne typically first appears during adolescence, triggered by hormone changes. While the condition frequently manifests as small red bumps on the face, it can present in a variety of ways and on other parts of the body. Acne may appear on the back and chest, on children and adults, and as small, white dots or painfully large, red cysts. There are also many ways to treat acne, all of which can be discussed with Dr. Cheng and her staff.
Though acne appears in a variety of forms, it all stems from a common source. Natural oil, known as sebum, usually moves freely from the glands where it's produced, through follicles in the skin, and out of pores on the surface. This process cleans out dead cells and keeps the skin healthy.
If a mass of skin cells blocks the free flow of sebum, that oil can build up. Acne-causing bacteria trapped along with the oil can cause the follicle to swell, and it if bursts, the body's immune system kicks in. As white blood cells collect at the site, visible signs of inflammation appear.
Dr. Christine S. Cheng is a board certified physician who is devoting her full-time practice to aesthetics and wellness medicine.
When treating acne of varying levels of severity at her Houston practice, Dr. Cheng starts with education. There are many very effective treatments, but they work best if the patients fully understand what's causing their outbreaks and how the remedies work. Learn more about acne treatment methods, from products to photodynamic therapy, available at Nuveau Medical Aesthetics.
Scars can be a problem for people even long after their inflammations have cleared. Dr. Cheng offers several solutions for reducing the appearance of these acne reminders, including dermal fillers, microneedling, and Ultherapy®.