What You Need to Know About the Acne Clinic
What is Acne?
Acne is the term for inflammation of the sebaceous glands. It results in plugged pores, pimples, and even deeper lumps that occur on the face, neck, chest, back, shoulders and even the upper arms.
What causes Acne?
The exact cause of acne is not known, however, several factors contribute to the development of acne. These include rising hormone levels, heredity, and genetics.
The condition can also be aggravated by the following:
- Environmental factors
- Hormonal changes
Who does Acne affect?
Acne is most common during adolescence, affecting three out of every four teenagers. However, it can also affect people in their 20s, 30s and 40s and pregnant women are also prone to breakouts.
Common symptoms of acne include the following:
- Whiteheads (below the skin surface)
- Blackheads (open comedones)
- Nodules (large and firm lumps below the skin)
- Pustules (yellowish lumps on the skin surface)
- Pimples (red spots with no pus)
- Cysts (very painful pus-filled sac, under the skin tissue and about 5mm in diameter)
- Dry, pink and itchy skin
Acne is not considered a serious health concern, however, it can have a crippling effect on a person’s self-esteem and well-being. People with acne may feel discouraged from pursuing social, academic, personal and professional opportunities because they are self conscious about their appearance.
Improvements in acne treatment over the past 5 years have made even the most difficult acne cases treatable, and have produced excellent long-term results.
At Appletree Acne Clinics your physician will review your previous treatment plans, current treatment, and future goals in managing and treating your acne.
What to expect during your appointment
An acne assessment begins with a questionnaire that will capture your relevant medical history. The staff will take pictures of the affected area(s), so that the physician can identify signs of improvement during future visits.
The doctor will review your treatment options in terms of oral medications, topical medications, as well as skin care routine.
After your Appointment
You will be booked a follow up appointment at the end of your visit. Depending on the treatment regimen, the follow-up appointment could be between 1 to 3 months later.
Acne - Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need a referral?
Is this visit covered by OHIP?
Yes, the consultation and assessment with the physician is covered by OHIP. Treatment options will be discussed, but in most cases, the cost of the treatment is the responsibility of the patient.
How should I prepare for my appointment?
Bring a list of your current medications, if any, and make a note of the hygiene and cosmetic products and brands you use (i.e. face wash, soap, shampoo, and make up).