Acne

Acne

This condition appears in the ASCP SkinPro app

Definition

A common skin condition in which follicles fill with dead cells and sebum, causing blockages that result in both noninflammatory and inflammatory lesions. There are many subtypes of acne as well as acne-like conditions, but the most prevalent one is acne vulgaris. Acne is prevalent in teenagers and young adults, but can be seen in any age group.

Overview

  • Symptoms include pimples, papules, pustules, and open and closed comedones.
  • Severe cases may have nodules and cysts.
  • Prevalent in teenagers and young adults, but can be seen in any age group.
  • Condition is not curable, but can be well-controlled with proper care.

Symptoms include pimples, papules, and pustules; redness in breakout areas; large and clogged pores; and open and closed comedones. Most severe cases may have nodules and cysts.

Condition is not curable, but can be well-controlled with proper care.

There are two major genetic factors in persons with acne: retention hyperkeratosis is the retention of dead cells by the skin, which causes blockages. The second genetic factor is oiliness—overproduction of sebum by the sebaceous gland. Hormones are a major non-genetic factor in acne.

There are two types of acne lesions: noninflammatory and inflammatory.

Treatment Considerations

Use daily home use keratolytic topical products to break up follicle impactions, slough follicle walls, and open follicle airways:

  • Salicylic acid
  • Benzoyl peroxide
  • Alpha hydroxy acids (glycolic, lactic, or mandelic)
  • Sulfur
  • Enzymes
  • Combinations of the above
  • Prescription agents: tretinoin or other retinoids, azelaic acid.

Use antibacterial products to kill c. acnes and other bacteria:

  • Benzoyl peroxide
  • Salicylic acid
  • Sulfur
  • Prescription agents may include antibiotics.

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SkinPro App

ASCP SkinPro

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Included with ASCP membership, ASCP SkinPro is designed to aid in skin analysis by putting the essential knowledge of contraindications for common skin-related conditions and ingredients at your fingertips. Members can log in for access or go directly to the app.

Picture this: You’re in the treatment room and a client tells you they have atopic dermatitis and several allergies. You’re pretty confident you know how to proceed with treatment, but you want to be absolutely sure. Simply open the app, search for the condition, and you’ve got expert information at your fingertips. You can also use ASCP SkinPro to look up ingredients quickly and easily, identifying important contraindications and best practices so you can adjust your treatment plan on the spot.

Consult with ASCP SkinPro with confidence and elevate your treatment plans. The ASCP team sourced information from a variety of clinical journals and worked with Dr. Mark Lees, author of Skin Care: Beyond the Basics and a longtime contributor to ASCP Skin Deep magazine, to bring it all together.

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