Acne is an inflammatory disorder of the sebaceous glands that usually occurs during adolescence but can be seen throughout life.
There are several types of acne, ranging from comedones (blackheads) to cystic inflammations. The causes of acne are multifactorial, including genetics, diet, skin care regimens, infections, and hormonal issues.
Generally, when acne starts during puberty it is due to an increase in hormones levels. The pilosebaceaous follicle reacts to the hormones by increasing the production of sebum. When the gland gets plugged, a "blackhead" is formed. The blackheads can get infected with P. Acnes bacteria and create inflamed cysts or "whiteheads". Adult acne is slightly different, caused mainly by diet but it too can be due to hormonal imbalances.
The Sammamish Center's Acne Clinic is staffed by Dr. Gaboriau and our Medical Aesthetician. Consultations in the Acne Clinic are covered by insurance.
Prior to coming in for an acne consultation appointment, patients need to fill out and bring the Acne Consult Intake Form, which can be found on the website.
The Sammamish Center offers several treatments and products for acne, customized to each patient's acne type and skin condition. Options include Actinage Peels, HPG Skin care line, Intense Pulsed Light (LHE), Hydrafacials, and Acne (Deep Cleansing) Facials.
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