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Acne Care & Treatment

The Truth About Acne

Let's face it - acne affects more than how you look. It affects how you feel. And that affects everything. Now for the good news: You can control your acne. All it takes is patience, motivation, and the experts at Complexions Rx. Our Dermatologic Nurse Practitioners, Registered Nurses, and Estheticians will provide a customized acne care program that will help you face the world with confidence.

What Causes Acne?

Acne is caused when high and low levels of androgen cause the sebaceous glands to enlarge and create more sebum. Forget what your grandmother says. Chocolate and French fries don't cause acne, and drinking water won't cure it. In fact, after years of extensive research, dermatologists now know that three main factors cause acne.

Clogged pores - Normal sloughing or shedding of the skin cells is reduced in those prone to acne. These cells can accumulate, clogging pores.

Oil Production - Oil glands producing large amounts of oil are more prone to blockage.

Bacteria - While acne is not an infection like strep throat, certain bacteria on the skin can cause irritation and result in acne flare-ups.

Stress and hormones can also contribute to breakouts. By themselves, they don't cause acne - but they do influence oil production and the overall health of your skin. While the causes of acne are the same, everybody's skin reacts differently. That's why some people have consistent breakouts, while others have monthly flare-ups. Controlling your acne begins with a Complexions Rx Acne Skin Consultation and customized treatment plan.

Several common recommendations include:

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