Acne is a common skin ailment that affects 40 to 50 million Americans. Almost 85 percent of people have had acne at some point in their lives – whether it is on their face, chest, back or all three. But, how do you get acne? And how do you get rid of acne?

Acne is characterized by pimples, cysts and clogged pores that can often be unsightly and painful. More than 40 percent of people in their mid-teens have acne that will one day require acne scar treatment performed by a dermatologist.

Dr. Joel Schlessinger deals with a large number of acne patients on a daily basis. Many of these patients come to see him about acne breakouts or acne scar treatment regimens. While a large number of people receive treatment for their acne, an even larger number of people are trying to take care of their acne without the help of a dermatologist.

“It always saddens me when I see infomercials on TV proclaiming they can cure acne,” said Dr. Joel Schlessinger. “They use pictures that represent severe acne that needs strong, prescription strength medications for treatment.”

Many of these people are also under false pretenses about how acne is caused. There are numerous myths about how one can get acne from chocolate to greasy foods. But, really – how do you get acne?

“Acne can be due to yeast, infections, hormones and heredity,” said Dr. Joel Schlessinger. “While many medications can be used to treat these, there are very few types of acne that succumb to over-the-counter treatments.”

Dr. Schlessinger is frequently asked how do you get rid of acne with an over-the-counter medication.

“A good cleansing system is a great idea, but it alone won’t work to improve acne,” he said.

To begin fighting acne, the doctor recommends using LovelySkin Acne Care System, a comprehensive set of acne-fighting products that treat lesions and help reduce the need for acne scar treatment later. But as the doctor stated, a thorough cleansing may not be enough for severe acne.

“I also recommend a trip to the dermatologist if acne is worse than expected or any scarring is occurring.”

What products do you use for your acne?

Posted Monday, July 16th, 2012 at 9:18 pm
Filed Under Category: Acne Skin Care, Dermatology, Dr. Joel Schlessinger
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