While often associated with puberty, acne is a common skin condition that affects both adolescents and adults. It can persist well beyond your teenage years and usually develops due to clogged pores, which cause pimples and other blemishes to form almost anywhere on the body, including the face, back, chest, neck and shoulders. No matter where it shows up, acne can be an embarrassing condition that negatively affects your confidence and self-image, but you can achieve clear, beautiful skin once and for all at San Francisco’s Appearance Care Center. Acne develops when your pores become clogged with dirt, oil and other debris, allowing bacteria to grow beneath the skin’s surface. Inflammation and swelling then occur, leading to the formation of bumps, pimples and other blemishes. Some forms of acne are more severe than others, but achieving clear skin is still possible with the right treatments. The most common types of acne are:

Whiteheads — Sealed clogged pores that look like small, white bumps
Blackheads — Small clogged pores that are open to the air, appearing as black dots
Papules — Small pink bumps that are usually tender to the touch
Pustules — Inflamed pimples similar to whiteheads, but larger, redder and raised
Cysts & nodules — Large red bumps that develop due to inflammation deep in the skin

Causes of Acne

Acne can be caused by anything that increases oil or sebum production, clogging pores and trapping bacteria beneath the skin. Squeezing or popping existing pimples can make the condition worse, pushing bacteria deeper into the skin and causing further inflammation. It also increases the risk of acne scars, which are difficult to treat and remain long after breakouts have cleared.

In both teens and adults, breakouts are often the result of:

  • Hormonal fluctuations
  • Chemicals or toxins
  • Poor diet
  • Stress
  • Greasy skin care products
  • Certain medications

Treating Acne

Most people turn to their nearest drugstore aisle to get rid of acne, but topical products often yield disappointing results. At the Appearance Care Center, we use the Clear + Brilliant laser to treat breakouts. While best known for wrinkle reduction and dark spot removal, Clear + Brilliant can improve the overall look of your skin by reducing pore size, eliminating blemishes and softening the appearance of acne scars.

It accomplishes this by utilizing fractional laser technology, which stimulates the body’s healing process and replaces dull, damaged skin with fresh and healthy tissues. Gentler than other lasers, this non-invasive treatment will leave you with a clearer complexion after just a few sessions.

Eliminate Acne Blemishes at the Appearance Care Center

Acne affects everyone at some time or another, but you don’t have to let it dominate your complexion. Clear + Brilliant laser treatments at the Appearance Care Center in San Francisco can help you achieve smooth, glowing skin so you can face the world with confidence. To learn more about our acne treatments or connect with our skin care experts, contact or call us today at (415) 567-7200 to schedule a consultation.

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