Acne vulgaris is an inflammatory condition of the pilosebaceous unit of the skin. It can present as comedones (whiteheads or blackheads), pimples and pustules, or even cysts, nodules, and scars.

Acne is the most common skin disorder. Although it presents most commonly in puberty, it can begin or progress at any age. Family history, hormones, medications, diet, and stress can affect acne.


Treatment strategies need to be individualized for each patient and may include topical medications and skin care, oral antibiotics and other medications, dietary changes, and vitamins. Chemical peels and/or laser treatments may be recommended.

The Smoothbeam / V-Beam combination is often recommended for active acne and scarring. Fraxel resurfacing may also be utilized to improve deeper scarring.

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