Help! I'm Embarrassed About My Acne

Dealing with acne, whether as a teenager or as an adult, can be distressing. It can be psychologically traumatizing and physically painful. Acne is a challenging problem, but we can treat the condition at Dolce Vida Med Spa.

With three convenient locations in Trumbull, Hamden, and Westport, Connecticut, Scott B. Callahan, PA-C, and our skilled team of experts are here to make you feel amazing inside and out. 

What is acne?

Acne is a skin condition in which your pores become clogged with oils and dead skin cells. The oil comes from your sebaceous glands, and every pore has its own gland. The oil created by these glands is called sebum. Some people produce too much of this oil, which can cause problems. 

Bacterial growth and excessive hormone production are two other factors that can cause acne. Acne is a common condition, because skin is the body’s largest organ, and it contains millions of pores. 

Different types of acne

Identifying the cause and type of acne you have is a crucial step in the treatment process. You may even be experiencing a few different kinds of acne.


Whiteheads form when a pore is clogged by sebum and dead skill cells. The top of the pore seals itself off, making it look like a small bump on your skin.


Blackheads are the same kind of acne as whiteheads, except that when a pore gets clogged, it remains open. This causes what appears to be a small black bump.


Pustules form when the walls of your pores break down due to severe inflammation. The bumps that rise to the surface are filled with pus and are typically red with a yellow or white top.


Like pustules, papules occur due to major inflammation of the walls surrounding your pores. Your skin may be pink in spots where your pores are clogged and hardened, and they may be tender to the touch.


Nodules form deeper under the skin than papules or pustules. They cause clogged pores to swell up. Nodules are too deep beneath the skin to treat them at home. Fortunately, we have many methods of treating harmful skin problems.


Cysts are a painful form of acne. They are the largest kind of acne, and they often leave scars. Cysts form when your pores are clogged by dead skin cells, sebum, and bacteria. Unlike blackheads or whiteheads, cysts occur deep below the surface of the bumps they create. This kind of acne requires professional intervention.

Treatment options for acne

With so many types of acne, It’s no wonder this condition is both a medical problem as well as a cosmetic issue. Mr. Callahan and his talented team of skin specialists have many tools available to help you look and feel your best. 

Dolce Vida Med Spa offers its own acne treatment called Acne Gel, which is used topically for some facial and body acne concerns. The team also offers hydrafacials, which can clean, exfoliate, and hydrate skin.

There are many ways we can help you live your life with bright, blemish-free skin. To learn more, book an appointment online or over the phone with Dolce Vida Med Spa today.

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