Acne is a common skin condition that affects almost everyone at some point during their lives. Though breakouts vary from mild to severe, getting professional help for your acne is the best way to clear up your skin and prevent other problems. Heights Dermatology takes a holistic approach to care, customizing acne care, so you get the best results. To get help for your acne, call the office in Houston, Rosenberg, Lake Jackson, Portland, Corpus Christi, Palacios, Columbus, Gonzales, Dallas, Mansfield, Beaumont, Bay City, New Braunfels, or San Antonio, Texas, or book online today.

What is acne?

Acne is a skin condition that occurs when the pores in your skin clog up with dead skin cells, oil, and bacteria. These blockages create blemishes that affect your skin's look, tone, and texture.

Acne is common, affecting almost everyone at some point in time. Though you can get acne at any age, it most often occurs during adolescence or young adulthood because of hormonal changes that increase skin oil production.

What are the types of acne?

The type of acne you have depends on what is clogging the pores of your skin. Among the many types of acne are:

  • Blackheads
  • Blackheads are open pores that fill with dead skin cells and debris. They appear black because of how light reflects off the clogged pore.
  • Whiteheads
  • Whiteheads are closed bumps on the skin, filled with dead skin cells.
  • Papules
  • When the bumps become red and inflamed, you have papules -- better known as pimples.
  • Pustules
  • Pustules are inflamed blemishes filled with pus. Picking or scratching at pustules may cause scarring.
  • Nodules
  • Nodules are large, hard bumps that form deep under the skin.
  • Cysts
  • Cysts are large, pus-filled blemishes.
  • When should I seek dermatology care for my acne?

    You may treat mild acne with at-home care. However, you should seek help from the experts at Heights Dermatology if you have recurring breakouts, whether your acne is mild or severe.

    Getting professional help for your acne keeps your skin clear and may prevent other skin problems like acne scars. When you visit Heights Dermatology for help with your acne, your dermatologist performs a thorough examination.

    They ask detailed questions about your breakouts, as well as your skin care routine, medical history, and family history. They also closely examine your skin.

    What are my acne treatment options?

    No single treatment works for all types of acne, and it can take time to find the right treatment — or combination of treatments — to clear up your blemishes.

    Heights Dermatology takes a holistic approach to skin care and customizes your plan based on the type of acne you have and the severity of your breakouts.

    Acne treatment options include:

    • Over-the-counter (OTC) topical medications
    • Prescription topical medications
    • Topical or oral antibiotics
    • Hormonal therapy
    • Isotretinoin
    • Chemical peels
    • Laser treatment

    Your provider at Heights Dermatology works one-on-one with you to design a plan that best fits your skin needs.

    You don’t have to live with your acne. Call Heights Dermatology at one of our convenient locations or schedule a consultation online today.