Acne is one of the most common skin diseases in the United States, with 90% of teens and 25% of all adults suffering from acne. This condition not only causes short and long-term damage to your skin, but acne can also affect your self-esteem and confidence. The Board Certified Dermatologists at St. Petersburg Skin and Laser are experienced in treating acne and are familiar with the wide range of acne treatment options.

What is Acne?

Your skin is covered in pores that connect to oil glands under the skin which produce an oily substance called sebum. This oil carries dead skin cells to the surface of the skin. On occasion, hair within the pores, sebum, and skin cells clog these channels. The bacteria within the plugged pore causes swelling and as it breaks down, a pimple grows.

What causes Acne?

Pimples begin to form about two weeks before you see them on the surface. Your pores become clogged because of several factors:

  • Excess oil production in the skin
  • Oil and skin cells clogging hair follicles
  • Bacteria
  • Increased hormone activity

Because the presence of acne is closely tied to your body’s chemistry, factors that can aggravate acne include:

  • Hormones
  • Certain Medications
  • Diet
  • Stress

Risk Factors That Can Lead to Acne

People of all ages are susceptible to acne, however, it is most common in teenagers as their bodies are undergoing physiological changes that lead to an increase in hormone production. While this age group is at the highest risk of developing acne, there are factors that can increase the likelihood of having acne even well into adulthood, including genetics and hormone levels.

What are the Treatments for Acne?

All acne treatments begin with a thorough examination of your skin to determine which treatment will be the most effective. Acne treatments aim to improve your overall facial appearance while minimizing acne symptoms. Treatment options include topical medications, oral pills, medical-grade chemical peels, and Lasers.

How do I get started treating Acne?
Please give us a call at 727-474-9399 to book your appointment at St. Petersburg Skin and Laser to evaluate and treat your acne.

“My patients want to look and feel their best at any age. I love that I can help them achieve that by combining state-of-the-art technology, the latest medical evidence, and my advanced skill set and artistic eye”

Dr. Kat Kesty

Founder Of St. Petersburg Skin and Laser