Effective Acne Treatment

Comes With Costs

Experienced pediatrician examining patient face

Experienced pediatrician examining patient face

If only acne’s damage stayed skin deep. For some patients, it’s much more noticeable. Persistent, serious ‘problem skin’ can cause disfigurement that can lead to depression. Especially for young people, unremitting acne can result in erosion of self esteem and create long-lasting emotional scars.”

Acne is one of the most common skin problems: The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) reports that as many as 50 million people have some level of the condition, the result of factors such as hormones, genetics, and stress.

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A pimple pops up when our skin’s natural regeneration is disrupted. If pores get clogged with sebum skin oil, dead skin cells can’t be expelled. Over-the-counter products help too little to clear up the pimples caused by even milder forms of acne.

Severe forms are tied to the naturally occurring skin bacteria for which problem skin is named: p. acnes. Serious acne occurs when more of the bacteria p. acnes gets trapped, causing deeper levels of inflammation. As a result, pimples can merge, affecting larger sections of skin. And, at its worst, persistent, painful nodules develop.

An extremely effective treatment exists since 1982, but comes with high cost.

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Jie Chen, RPA-C is a board certified physician assistant with Advanced Dermatology PC and the Center for Laser and Cosmetic Surgery (New York and New Jersey). She has a master’s degree in physician assistant studies.
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