How to Treat Adult Acne

Dr. Jason Rivers, MD, FRCPC, discusses How to Treat Adult Acne

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Dr. Jason Rivers, MD, FRCPC, discusses How to Treat Adult Acne
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Featuring Dr. Jason Rivers, MD, FRCPC

Video Title: How to Treat Adult Acne Duration: 1 minute, 13 seconds

Acne is a very common condition, so common that it really is almost in the spectrum of normal. Acne is an inflammation or blockage of the hair follicles in the skin, primarily on the head and neck region, but it can also affect the chest and the back.

Although we always associate acne with adolescents, acne can actually progress and even start into the 20s and 30s, and is not infrequently seen in about 25% of women over the age of 20, so it's an ongoing problem.

Aside from the fact that it's a cosmetic nuisance, acne can also cause significant scarring and that's why it warrants treatment. The main issue about treating acne is that it can result in signifiant scarring if left alone.

The main treatments for acne include vitamin A acid derivatives, antibiotics, and if significantly serious enough than oral Accutane or isotretinoin. For residual scarring, we can use lasers to help reduce the psychological and cosmetic burden.

Video shot in conjunction with Dr Rivers and

Presenter: Dr. Jason Rivers, Dermatologist, Vancouver, BC

Local Practitioners: Dermatologist

This content is for informational purposes only, and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare professional with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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