Acne Isn’t Just a Teenage Plague

O-B_skin-careSwollen, spotty skin, painful bumps and of course embarrassment, acne isn’t something you’d wish on your worst enemy. Acne is the most common skin disorder in the United States affecting between 40 and 50 million Americans. In fact 85% of all people will experience this problem at some point in their lives and it isn’t just teens that are plagued with these unsightly pustules. Adults can get it too, even into their 50s. What’s a person to do when acne strikes?

Luckily acne is treatable often with visible results after just one treatment. Say goodbye to bulging whiteheads, pus filled zits and painful pimples by coming in for treatment today. Teenager or adult, Dr. Matarasso will help you find the best course of treatment for your acne problem.

Multi-Method Approach Targets the Many Causes of Acne

What causes acne? There is no simple answer to this question. Acne is an inflammation of the sebaceous glands (the oil producing glands in the skin). This inflammation can be caused by hormones, diet, environmental factors and even medications. One of the most effective ways to treat acne is with a multi-faceted approach. Different techniques target different causes and symptoms of acne. Let’s take a look at a few techniques we might use to treat your acne problem:

Proper Cleansing

Properly cleansed and balanced skin is essential when fighting acne. Each skin type needs different care. Often we train our patients in the proper care and cleansing of the skin, including education on the right products to use for your type of acne and skin type.

Topical Treatments

Bacteria on the skin and within the pores can cause irritation and inflammation. We may use topical treatments like Retin-A or benzoyl peroxide to open the pores and kill bacteria. Other topical treatments may be used to decrease oil production or reduce inflammation.

Oral Antibiotics

Oral antibiotics (or antibiotic creams) can be effective in killing stubborn bacteria. These may be taken alone or in conjunction with other oral acne treatments depending on the type of acne you have. Unlike antibiotics taken to treat a cold, acne antibiotics are often taken long term to keep the problem and bacteria at bay.

Chemical Peels

To reduce oil production, unclog pores and exfoliate dead skin, Dr. Matarasso may recommend chemical peels or other facial treatments as part of your acne treatment.


  • Pop zits or play with pimples– This can increase the occurrence of acne and lead to scarring.
  • Wait to get treatment– If you have acne, get treatment as soon as possible. Prompt treatment can reduce the occurrence of scarring and can save you the hassle of having to undergo acne scar removal treatments.

If you’re an adult and experiencing acne, you aren’t alone. While many think of zits as being a teenage problem, they can affect adults too. Stop cringing when you see yet another pimple and get treatment today.