Acne occurs when skin pores are blocked – usually when oil that normally drains to the skin’s surface gets blocked and bacteria starts growing. This results in whiteheads, blackheads, and deeper cysts that may appear on the face, neck, chest, upper arms, back and shoulders. Acne is the bane of teenage existence, but adults suffer from acne as well. Acne is not medically dangerous, but most people (especially teens) find it embarrassing or uncomfortable. There are numerous treatment options for acne, including but not limited to light therapy, chemical peels, laser skin resurfacing, microdermabrasion, as well as topical and oral medications. Forget what you think you know about acne treatment from your dermatologist – especially if you’re an adult suffering from acne – because there are many new, effective treatments that weren’t available when you were a teen. Please visit us at West Houston Dermatology to discuss the specific issues you are having with your acne, and we will tailor a regimen to significantly improve or eliminate your acne.