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Acne Specialist

Alaska Dermatology, Laser & Skin Cancer Center

Michael Cusack, MD

Clinical Dermatology located in Anchorage, AK

When you think of acne, you may write it off as a condition only teenagers have. The reality is that acne affects just as many adults and can have long-lasting consequences, including deep-set scars. At Alaska Dermatology, Laser & Skin Cancer Center in Anchorage, Alaska, Dr. Michael Cusack offers effective solutions for managing and treating your acne breakouts to improve the overall health of your skin. To start fighting back against acne breakouts, schedule a consultation online or by calling Dr. Cusack’s office.

Acne Q & A

What is acne?

Acne is a common skin condition that occurs as the result of blocked hair follicles under your skin. Dead skin cells and oil can clog your follicles, causing bumps on the skin’s surface.

Acne can affect various areas of your body, especially the areas where you have the most oil glands, including your:

  • Face
  • Chest
  • Forehead
  • Shoulders
  • Upper back

In some cases, acne clears up on its own without medical intervention. You may also experience persistent outbreaks of acne that can cause you embarrassment and leave your skin with long-lasting scars.

If you don’t have success with over-the-counter cleansers and acne treatments, Dr. Cusack can help. He can review the severity of your acne and recommend prescription treatments to clear up breakouts.

What are the symptoms of acne?

Acne symptoms are more than just pimples on the surface of your skin. You may also develop one or more of the following issues:

  • Cysts
  • Nodules
  • Whiteheads
  • Blackheads
  • Darkened skin patches
  • Scars

Besides the physical symptoms of acne, the condition can also cause emotional issues, affecting your self-esteem and self-confidence. You may avoid social situations out of embarrassment of your skin’s condition.

What causes acne?

In addition to clogged hair follicles, acne can also be the result of:

  • Bacteria
  • Excess oil production
  • Hormonal imbalances

You can also develop acne as the result of taking certain medications, including corticosteroids, or from the foods you eat, such as dairy products and high carb foods. Stress can also increase outbreaks of acne.

What treatment options are available for acne?

Treating severe acne early can help prevent scarring and other skin damage. Dr. Cusack can recommend treatment options like oral medications and antibiotics if he determines you have a bacterial infection.

Dr. Cusack may also use a topical treatment that can unclog your pores and reduce inflammation in your skin. Women can also use hormonal birth control to control outbreaks of acne.

If medications aren’t effective, Dr. Cusack may recommend additional therapies, including laser treatments, chemical peels, or steroid injections. Laser treatments can also reduce the visibility of acne scars and improve the tone and texture of your skin.

Don’t let acne reduce your quality of life. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Cusack using the online booking feature or by calling the office.