Monday, April 13, 2015

Acne is the most common skin disorder in the United States. It is most common in people of African descent. Dr. Edward Hill discusses this disorder in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Most people with acne are teenagers and young adults, but the condition can persist into adulthood. Adult acne is becoming more common, especially in women, for reasons that are not understood.

Acne usually affects the face, chest and upper back. Untreated acne can cause temporary skin discoloration or permanent scarring. In some people, acne can lead to low self-esteem, avoidance of social situations and even depression.

Genetics is believed to play a role, making some people more likely than others to develop acne. Drugs including steroids and anticonvulsants may contribute to acne. Some cosmetics and hair products make acne worse.

Acne severity depends on the type of lesions present and how much skin is affected. Most cases of acne can be successfully treated. But even with proper medication use, it may take up to two months to see improvement.

Mild acne can often be treated with topical over-the-counter medications. For more severe acne, a doctor may prescribe stronger topical medicines, oral antibiotics or oral contraceptives for women.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.