Acne is a skin condition that results from hair follicles becoming clogged with dirt, oil, and dead skin cells. Your face, neck, back, chest and shoulders are particularly susceptible since you have more oil glands in these areas. Those oil glands (or sebaceous glands) are connected to hair follicles and are designed to keep the skin and hair lubricated. When they produce too much oil, this, along with dead skin cells, can clog the hair follicles, creating whiteheads, blackheads, small red bumps or pimples. While acne is common among people in their teens and early 20s, acne can happen at any age.
Dr. Russell uses a variety of techniques to treat acne at Grand Lake Primary Care in Grove, OK. Prescription-strength cleansing scrubs, topical treatments, and oral medication all provide measurable relief from your acne. Each is prescribed according to the type of acne and severity of the breakout you are experiencing. However, since acne medications lessen oil production, reduce inflammation or fight infection, it is possible you will not see results for several weeks; in the meantime, your skin may appear to worsen. After treating the acne, Dr. Russell also utilized advanced laser technology used to treat any acne scarring that may have occurred. While finding the right combination of treatments may take time, Dr. Russell is dedicated to treating your acne with the best methods for you.
Once your acne is controlled, you may find you are left with unsightly scars. Chemical peels, light therapy, and soft tissue fillers can provide overall skin improvement and are offered in the Grand Lake Primary Care office. Dr. Russell also has the innovative Innopen Microneedling device which stimulates collagen production and improves skin texture, thereby reducing acne scarring.
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