What Causes Female Acne and Teenage Acne

Dr. Tasha Bienert, MD, discusses acne prevention and treatment.

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Dr. Tasha Bienert, MD, discusses acne prevention and treatment.
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Dr. Tasha Bienert

Dr. Tasha Bienert

MD, Family Practice
Family Doctor
Vancouver, BC
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Featuring Dr. Tasha Bienert, MD

Duration: 1 minute, 22 seconds

Acne is an inflammatory condition that affects the skin. It affects both women and men, and although it most commonly starts in the teenage years it can occur at any time in your life.

You have many options for treatment, and these can be initiated by your family physician. Some of the major categories for acne treatment include topical products, and these often include a topical antibiotic to kill that P. acnes bacteria. The next level of treatment would be oral antibiotics, again to target that bacteria. Oral Accutane is a vitamin A derivative, which can be very effective in treating acne.

We still have no good treatment for scarring of the skin, so prevention is your best way to approach acne. Your family physician is a good place to start. They can do investigations and initiate your treatment. For more difficult cases of adult acne, your family physician may refer you to a dermatologist.

For more information on acne treatment, visit your local dermatologist or family physician.