The dermatologists at Delta Laser & Skin Care Centre classify acne as inflammatory or non-inflammatory. If you have blemishes that are swollen and painful, you might be experiencing inflammatory acne. But what exactly is inflammatory acne? We’ll explore more in this blog post.
What Is Inflammatory Acne?
Inflammatory acne occurs when clogged skin pores get infected with bacteria and turn into cysts, pustules or papules. If the bacteria continue to multiply, the affected skin becomes swollen, red and painful. You can get inflammatory acne anywhere on your body, but it is more common on the back, shoulder, and face. The main difference between inflammatory acne and non-inflammatory acne is the severity of the inflammation.
Causes of Inflammatory Acne
The accumulation of keratinous material within the microcomedo, the enlargement of the follicle and overproduction of sebum are major causes of this condition. For instance, the accumulation of sebum causes the papules to rapture. The rupturing of the papules is responsible for swelling, pain, and redness associated with acne. Other factors that may contribute to or worsen inflammatory acne include the use of oil-based cosmetic products, stress and anxiety, exposure to dirt, hormonal changes, physical irritation, and the use of certain medications.
How to Prevent Acne:
• Never squeeze or pick acne lesions
• Wear sun protection clothing every day
• Come up with a daily skin-care regimen
• Avoid oil-based skin and hair care products because they contain added ingredients that might irritate the affected skin
• Avoid scrubbing or rubbing the affected skin when bathing
• Always clean your skin after sweating or immediately after your workout to prevent pores from getting clogged
Finding the Right Treatment with Us
There are many safe and effective treatment options available for inflammatory acne treatment. The most popular treatments include the use of laser technology and over-the-counter acne treatment products that contain benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid. You will need to contact our dermatologist to help you determine the right acne treatment option for you.
Get in Touch with Our Skin Care Experts Today
If your inflammatory acne is not responding to over-the-counter medications, Dr. Marcia Fleming and her skin care treatment team in Delta, BC can work with you to determine the right treatment for you. Delta Laser & Skin Care Center also serves residents in the surrounding areas of Surrey, Langley, and White Rock. Contact us today to schedule your acne consultation! Let us help you on the road toward clear skin.