Acne

Acne

Acne Athens GA

Acne is the most frequent skin condition in the United States. It is characterized by pimples that appear on the face, back and chest. Every year, about 80% of adolescents have some form of acne and about 5% of adults experience acne.

Acne is made up of two types of blemishes:

  • Whiteheads/Blackheads, also known as comedones, are non-inflammatory and appear more on the face and shoulders. As long as they remain uninfected, they are unlikely to lead to scarring.
  • Red Pustules or Papules are inflamed pores that fill with pus. These can lead to scarring.

Causes

In normal skin, oil glands under the skin, known as sebaceous glands, produce an oily substance called sebum. The sebum moves from the bottom to the top of each hair follicle and then spills out onto the surface of the skin, taking with it sloughed-off skin cells. With acne, the structure through which the sebum flows gets plugged up. This blockage traps sebum and sloughed-off cells below the skin, preventing them from being released onto the skins surface. If the pores opening is fully blocked, this produces a whitehead. If the pores opening is open, this produces blackheads. When either a whitehead or blackhead becomes inflammed, they can become red pustules or papules.

It is important for patients not to pick or scratch at individual lesions because it can make them inflamed and can lead to long-term scarring.

 

Interested in Acne treatment from Athens Dermatology Group?
Call our Athens, GA office at (706) 769-1550 today!

Contact Us

Our office is located in Lampkin Branch Park.  (Georgia Elite Gymnastics located at the entrance into the park).

Main Office Number: (706) 769-1550 
(Our phones turn on each morning at 8:00am, off at 4:30pm)
Fax: (706) 769-1514

Address:
Athens Dermatology Group
1050 Thomas Ave.
Watkinsville, Ga. 30677

(Located in Lampkin Branch Park)

Our Office Hours are:
Monday through Thursday  8:00am - 4:30pm and on Friday 8:00am - 12:00pm

Athens Dermatology Group

1050 Thomas Avenue Watkinsville, GA 30677