Acne is the most common skin disease in the United States. So it’s no surprise that it’s one of the most common reasons patients visit their dermatologist. Acne will affect 80% of Americans at some point during their lives and 20% of these cases are considered severe. Acne can also lead to physical and mental scarring which has occasionally proven more difficult to treat. Studies have shown that acne is associated with a greater psychological burden than other chronic illnesses. Most people are aware of teenagers having pimples. Some feel it is something “they will just outgrow” or need to “let run its course.” But acne is not just limited to the hallways of high school. Twenty percent of teenagers will suffer breakouts into adulthood and some will develop acne in their 30’s, 40’s and 50’s. It is also common for pre-teens to start to breakout before they get to middle school. There is no way to predict who will outgrow Acne or when each individual will develop it in life. Studies have shown that genes, environmental factors, hormones and diet may all interplay as causes and determine level of severity. Regardless, the treatment for this frustrating disease is important at any stage of life. We can offer a multitude of treatments from which to choose and each plan depends on the individual patient’s goals, their skin type, lifestyle and severity (both emotional and physical). Amy Jones, DAOPM’s Physician Assistant, shares, “It’s best to treat it as early as possible to prevent scarring. In my opinion, there are no two faces (or chests or backs for that matter) that are exactly alike. The athletic teenager always on the run is going to have a different treatment plan than a busy mom of three frustrated by aging skin and monthly cysts. It isn’t fair for anyone to suffer.” It is a multifaceted approach to treat the causes of acne and balance therapies to minimize side effects. Keep in mind that mental affliction does not correlate with the severity acne. Acne is in the eyes of the beholder not necessarily the number and type of pimples. Although this disease is very common, there is a lot of conflicting and inaccurate information about it online. As Ms. Jones says, “Google with caution! We are here to help and remember – you are not alone.” We hope this article and all of our posts provide you with helpful and trusted information. We’d welcome your ideas for future posts. Simply reply below with other dermatological topics you would like to more information on and we will make every effort to adding it our weekly posts.