Acne is the term for plugged pores (blackheads and whiteheads), pimples, and even deeper lumps (cysts or nodules) that occur on the face, neck, chest, back, shoulders and even the upper arms.  Acne affects most teenagers to some degree.  However, the disease is not restricted to a particular age group; adults in their 20s - even into their 40s - can get acne.  While not a life threatening condition, acne can be upsetting and disfiguring.  Severe acne can lead to serious and permanent scarring. Dr. Clifton recommends teenagers be evaluated at the first sign of acne in order to prevent scarring.


Acne is not caused by diet!  Extensive scientific studies have NOT found a connection between diet and acne.  Not chocolate. Not french fries. Not pizza. Nonetheless, some people insist that certain foods affect their acne. In that case, avoid those foods.


Vigorous washing and scrubbing can irritate your skin and make acne worse.  Dr. Clifton recommends gently washing the affected areas twice a day with mild cleanser and warm water.

Today, virtually every case of acne can be succesfully treated.  If the acne treatments you have tried are not clearing your skin, it may be time to see a dermatologist.  We have many treatment options including oral and topical medications, advanced cleaning tools, and light-based treatments such as lasers.

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