PO Box 7406, 62 Redmond Street
Jackson Wy 83002-7406
307-734-5864, 307-734-5866 fax
Thank you for taking the time to read this. It is designed to help you understand your condition and what the doctors and
staff of Western Wyoming Dermatology and Surgery can do to remedy it.
The cause of acne is multifactorial. It affects more than 90% of adolescents and up to 15% of adults. Despite persistent
folklore, there is no clear evidence linking diet to acne. It is usually worsened with stress, illness and menstruation, and is
genetically determined (inherited).
Acne usually begins in the teens, gradually worsens, and then after a time improves. How long you will have acne is
impossible to predict. Acne gets worse and improves by itself. There is usually no explanation for these ups and downs.
Do not assume that because your acne gets worse you have done something wrong. And, if your acne gets better briefly, it
may not have happened because of treatment. In women, acne frequently worsens about the time of the menstrual period.
Acne is treated in an attempt to prevent scarring, to improve appearance, and to improve self-image.
There is not a quick remedy nor a universally effective treatment. Treatment must be tailored to the individual patient.
Therapy is designed to prevent the acne from forming rather than to make it go away after an eruption. The acne pustule
starts deep in the skin days before it is visible. It is here that the medication works to prevent the eruption.
Dirt does not cause acne, despite what you may have been told. The oil on the skin’s surface does no harm. Special soaps,
astringents, abradants, and acne cleansers are a waste of money. Wash your face with ordinary soap and water only as
much as you need to keep it clean. Too much washing and scrubbing can cause skin irritation, and make acne worse. Do
not pick, squeeze, or otherwise manipulate your pimples; it can leave scars, and results in longer healing