What You Need to Know About Acne

by Dr. Ramtin Kassir, M.D., F.A.C.S. | July 18, 2016, 2:19 p.m.

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Most of us know acne when we spot it. But what actually causes acne and how can it be successfully treated?

Acne is a chronic skin disease of the pilosebaceous unit. It is caused by a blockage of dermal pores containing hair follicles and sebaceous glands (produce sebum/oil for the skin)

There are sveeral types of acne:

  • Mild to moderate acne (“blackheads”/ “whiteheads”)

    • Skin at the top of the pores becomes thicker and combines with other dead skin cells to create a “plug” at the head of the pore

    • Small pimples can form when sebum collects under these plugged pores

  • Moderate to severe acne

Occurs when a bacterium (Propionibacterium acnes) feeds off the trapped sebum and multiplies, causing inflammation of the immune system.

  • Causes skin to become red and the spots to fill with pus (called pustules)

  • Inflammation eventually heals, but leaves post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation which is more noticeable on darker-skinned people

Our Solution? K-Clear Daily Pads!

K-Clear Acne Pads are a high potency combination of alpha (glycolic and lactic) and beta (salicylic) hydroxyacids which, when used regularly can produce superficial exfoliating effects similar to those produced by an in-office chemical peel.

Medicated Daily Pads may be used as an effective adjunct to oily skin therapy: to improve the appearance of large pores, smooth skin texture, skin degreasing and mild exfoliation. K-Clear Daily Pads may be used as an effective adjunct to acne therapy: to refine pores and smooth skin texture.

Remember to wear your sunscreen too!