Acne is a common skin condition that affects most people at some point in their lives. A complex interaction between hormones, bacteria in the hair folllicle unit, oil (sebum) production, and/or obstruction of the follicle opening (comedogenesis) leads to formation of acne. It consists of spots and painful bumps on the skin. It is most noticeable on the face, but can also appear on the back, shoulders and buttocks. Severe acne can cause scarring. Treatments range from gentle washes, dietary changes, and topical preparations, all the way up to more powerful light treatments and oral medications. After a thorough consultation, Dr. Doumit will evaluate your acne and estabish an individualized treatment plan.