Acne

Bay Natural Medicine

Minna Yoon, ND, LAc

Naturopathic Doctor & Acupuncturist located in Inner Sunset, San Francisco, CA

Dr. Minna Yoon, ND, LAc at Bay Natural Medicine serves acne patients in the Inner Sunset and the surrounding areas of San Francisco, California. She regularly works with patients suffering from skin conditions. You can count on Dr. Yoon to treat you with consideration and compassion.

Acne Q & A

What are the causes of acne?


Acne is one of the most common skin conditions affecting Americans. Between 40 and 50 million Americans are experiencing problems with this condition at any one time, according to the American Academy of Dermatology.

Acne is caused when the pores of the skin clog up. Dead skin cells generally rise to the surface of the skin and fall off. Sometimes, these skin cells get stuck together in the pores when the body makes excess oils. Rather than rising to the skin’s surface, the dead cells stay trapped in the pore. When bacteria that lives on the skin’s surface also gets trapped in the pore, the pore becomes inflamed, and acne pimples appear on the skin.

What are the different types of acne?


The most common type of acne is called acne vulgaris. This condition is characterized by whiteheads, blackheads, and pimples appearing on the face, chest, back, and shoulders. These are usually described as mild-to-moderate forms of acne.

Severe nodular or cystic acne consists of numerous inflamed cysts and nodules that may turn red or deep purple in color and often leave scars.

Acne conglobate is a severe form of acne characterized by multiple inflamed nodules that connect to one another beneath the skin’s surface. These may appear on the neck, chest, arms, or buttocks. This type of acne is more common in men who take steroids or testosterone.

Acne mechanica is the result of continued friction, heat, or pressure against the skin as such that may occur after wearing a sports helmet. It is very common with athletes.

What treatments work to get rid of acne?


An array of treatments has been shown to improve acne. The type of treatment that works for you will depend on the specific type of acne you have. In addition to topical and oral medications as well as various therapies, many people find success treating their acne with holistic treatments and lifestyle changes. These methods may be used singularly or in conjunction with prescribed medications to manage symptoms and minimize triggers.