Every Teens Nightmare – Acne – At Home Urgent Care

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What is acne?

Have you ever experienced mass amounts of pimples, blackheads, or whiteheads on your face, chest, back or neck? Then you have or had acne. This skin condition is a common issue for both male and females to experience throughout their teen and young adult years. Acne is seen more in males then females. Typically, it lasts for five to 10 years and normally goes away in your early twenties.

Acne occurs when your oil glands clog you pores. These clogs can take be taken in various forms under specific circumstances. When the openings are big the clogs form blackheads, whereas if the opening is small the clogs form white heads. Both forms of plugged pores lead to pimples, deeper lumps, nodules or swollen, tender inflammations.

Causes of Acne

Most believe acne is caused by diets and skin care; however, those are nothing but two myths. Scientifically acnes has two causes, hormones and bacteria. Both hormones and bacteria essentially work hand in hand to create excessive oil and blockage causing sever or mild acne.

Hormones – Normally acne begins once a teenager has hit puberty, and there is a build-up of hormone production. Throughout puberty teens commonly produce an excessive amount of androgens which involves the male sex hormone testosterone. These hormones are the cause of the body producing more oil in the skin’s oil glands.

Bacteria– When too much oil clogs the entrances for hair follicles, specifically the openings on the face, neck chest and back bacteria then grows. The excessive oil causes bacteria to grow causing blackheads and white heads to surface on the skin.  However, sometimes clogging of oil breaks the follicle wall because of the pressure of the buildup of oil. The oil then leaks into the tissue forming pustule or a papule, which is inflammatory acne. Lager, and tender pustules are called nodules.

Symptoms of Acne

  •  Pimples
  • Blackheads
  •  Whiteheads
  •  Papules
  •  Inflamed or fluid-filled nodule or lumps under the skin

Seek Treatment if…
  •  Your acne is affecting your mental health or making you uncomfortable
  • Your acne is scaring your face
  • It’s the cause of dark patches
  • Over-the-counter remedies aren’t responsive; contact a physician you many need prescribed medication

Treatment Options

In this day and age there have been numerous treatments, both prescribed, and non- prescribed. Treating your acne can be easy as washing your face with the proper cleanser and moisturizing after to as hard as going to a dermatologist and getting a prescribe treatment specifically for you.Listed bellow are different treatments that you can try or talk to your physician about: Non-Prescribed Prescribed


  • If you are taking or thinking of taking drugs for acne be aware of the side effects of each drug and its interaction with other drugs
  •  Topical retinoids and benzoyl peroxide are prone to leaving skin dry, reddened and sensitive to light
  • Oral medication may cause both an upset stomach and sensitivity to sunlight 
  • Don’t apply topical retinoids and benzoyl peroxide at the same time of day as they both may have the same effects.

Is Maskne a thing?

Have you been breaking out after wearing your mask? Well, you’re not alone maskne is real and lot of people are going through it all over the world. Maskne is a common side effect to wearing a face mask and may not always appear in pimples. Maskne is also seen in skin that is experiencing redness, bumpiness and irritation.

How Acne has Affected mental health?

For those with acne not only does this skin condition effect their appearance but also their mental health. Researchers have come to realize in study after study most individual with acne can and have had also developed:

  •  Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Low self-esteem
  • Poor self-image
  • Decreased quality of life
  • A feeling of being all alone

For many acnes caused bullying, which made their acne one of their biggest insecurities. In various studies people with acne have mentioned their acne made them feel unattractive, embarrassed or even self-conscious. Some teens may avoid trying out for sports, getting a part-time job, or engaging in class, because of all their fears and anxieties caused by acne.

Acne During Pregnancy

It is highly common to acne when you are pregnant due to an influx and changing hormones. In more than half of pregnant people can anticipate acne to occur. It can be more serious in certain cases than others. Those women who had a history of acne or acne flairs at the start of their menstrual cycle are more susceptible to getting acne when their pregnant.

While you’re pregnant, combating acne could become challenging. This is because a significant level of pregnancy complications arises with several prescription and over- the-counter medications. In general, any drug that has even a small risk of hurting your baby should be avoided.

Acne Prevention

  •  Cleansing your face twice a day
  • Applying a moisturizer and a sunscreen daily
  • Don’t use products with a gritty texture
  • Using non-comedogenic makeup
  • Avoid scaring and skin infections by not picking, squeezing, prodding or popping your pimples.

Online Doctor Appointments for Acne Concerns

If you or someone in your family suffer from acne, feel free to talk about it and seek help immediately. At Home Urgent Care provides telehealth services so you can safely and confidently keep your health in check with our primary and urgent care services and get treatment online. Book an appointment today with our health experts available at your convenience 365 days a year and get your prescription/medication available online.

Book an Appointment

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Step 1

Call or Book your online Doctor Visit

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Step 2

Talk to a doctor over the Phone/ Tablet

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Step 3

If needed pick up your medication at the pharmacy