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Katz Dermatology on Acne

What is Acne?

General dermatologists define Acne Vulgaris, or in simple terms Acne, as a skin condition which is associated with the base of our hair follicles, the oil glands. It commonly appears during puberty where our sebaceous gland becomes active. According to dermatologists, acnes are caused by hair follicles being trapped by excess oil and dead skin cells.

According to Dr. Matthew Katz, there are factors that lead to the development of acnes some of these are the following:

  • The excessive production of the sebaceous glands of sebum or oil.
  • Irritated hair follicles due to the inconsistent shedding of dead skin cells.
  • Bacteria build-up.

Are there different types of Acne?

According to Dr. Katz, acnes come in different types. Some of the most common types of Acnes are the following.

  • Whiteheads - Whiteheads or medically referred to as comedones is the most common type of acne. Whiteheads are pores which clogged but not inflamed. These clogged pores remain closed creating a little bump on the skin and commonly flesh in color.
  • Blackheads - Blackheads are more likely similar to whiteheads but the clogged pores are open which exposes it to air. The exposure to air makes way for oxidation to happen which results the clogged pores to turn black.
  • Papules - Papules are solid cone-shaped bumps which usually appears pink in color. According to dermatologists, papules are generally inflamed whiteheads which do not develop pus.
  • Pustules - Pustules are like papules which have a yellow or white center caused by pus.
  • Nodules - General dermatologists define nodules as a severely inflamed, hard lodged deep within the skin and may cause pain. This type of acne could last for weeks or even months.

What should I do to avoid acne?

A healthy lifestyle is a key to a healthier looking skin. Having enough hours of rest and eating green fruits and vegetables could help prevent the formation of acne. There are also general dermatology services, such as facials, are available for acne prevention and treatment. Cosmetic dermatology products such as moisturizers could also help you avoid acnes. But according to Dr. Robert Katz, asking your most trusted dermatologists would be the best ways to know what types of dermatology products and services should you avail for your skin concerns.

If you have any more questions and concerns regarding acnes, you should schedule an appointment to your trusted dermatologist. If you are in Rockville or in North Bethesda or Gaithersburg, Maryland (MD), contact us or schedule an appointment. Visit us at Katz Dermatology Clinic located at Rockville, Maryland (MD).

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