Acne occurs when the follicles in the skin become clogged with dead skin cells, trapping the skin's natural oils and preventing them from reaching the skin's surface. These oils form an ideal spot for acne-causing bacteria to lodge and multiply. As the numbers of bacteria increase, the body begins to send out white blood cells to fight them off, setting off a cascade of inflammatory events that cause the red, swollen bumps we see as pimples. Acne often flares up in response to triggers like hormones and stress, occurring most commonly on the face, neck, chest, arms, and back. Although it's not a life-threatening condition, it causes significant emotional issues including depression.
Skin is the largest organ of the body, yet many people fail to take simple steps to protect it. Dr. Ronald M. Harris offers comprehensive, full-body, annual skin screening exams to look for signs of cancer or other issues. His practice, Integrated Dermatology of Yuma, helps patients in and around Yuma, Arizona, feel confident in their care and their overall health.
Today, there are many treatments available to fight acne, some of which work better for different types or stages of the skin condition. Some of the most common treatments are topical agents and oral medications, but whitehead and blackhead extractions, facials, chemical peels, and laser treatments are also used. Most people benefit from a combination of treatments. Over time, the bacteria may begin to tolerate some treatments, and an approach that was once effective, no longer produces the same results. Dr. Harris continues to evaluate your treatments to ensure new approaches are introduced as needed to continue the beneficial effects.
Severe acne such as cystic acne can cause scarring. While acne treatments may prevent cysts from occurring as long as treatments are used regularly and acne is caught early, when scars do occur, they can be treated with peels and lasers.
Dr. Harris will evaluate your skin and your acne type to develop a custom treatment plan based on your condition. He’ll evaluate active acne as well as any pitting or scarring. A skin care regimen at home is often part of treatment, and cosmetic procedures may follow medical treatment.
We accept most major insurance providers. Please call the office if you have any questions regarding insurance.