“Acne” is the common, shorthand term for the medical term “acne vulgaris”, which is a chronic condition of the skin’s sebaceous glands.[1] Many people think that acne is just an outbreak of pimples. This is false. Acne, according to the American Academy of Dermatologists, does not only include an outbreak of pimples but also unsightly and often painful skin conditions including but not limited to: blackheads, whiteheads, papules, pustules, cysts, and nodules.[2]

Moreover, acne is not just a dermatological condition of the face. It also frequently appears on the chest, neck, shoulders, back (this is often called “bacne)”, and buttocks. While acne usually first appears with the onset of puberty and affects a significant number of teens and young adults—a staggering 85 percent of people ages 12 to 24 experience at least minor acne[3], acne does not discriminate based on age. Acne can appear at all life stages, regardless of whether you suffered from acne as a teen.

There is an overwhelming amount of different options for treating acne. Popular options include but are not limited to the following treatments: topical and oral antibiotics, topical benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, and azelic acid ointments, topical or oral retinoid medicines, oral contraceptive pills (birth control pills) containing low doses of estrogen, and androgen blocking medications.[4] There is no one-size-fits-all approach to treating acne. Trial and error is often necessary and patients can frequently build up a tolerance to acne treatments that were successful for them in the past. At Fountain of Youth, we don’t just specialize in surgical cosmetic treatments such as breast augmentation, tummy tucks, face lifts, mommy makeovers, liposuction, and rhinoplasty. We also regularly provide non-surgical cosmetic medicine procedures such as acne treatments. Specifically, at Fountain of Youth Plastic Surgery in Tampa Bay, Florida, board certified plastic surgeon Dr. C. Randall Harrell, M.D., offers Blue-U®, a cosmetic medicine procedure for patients with moderate acne. If previous topical and oral acne treatments were unsuccessful or unsuitable for your needs, you may be a candidate for BLU-U® blue light therapy. This unique therapy can help control your acne without drugs or antibiotics and may be an excellent option for you. To learn more about BLU-U® blue light therapy for acne, check out this blog post on our website, which delves into the specifics of this acne treatment option.

What are you waiting for? It’s time to put your best face forward. Do not let your acne hold you back any longer—take control of your skin at Fountain of Youth Plastic Surgery. Dr. Harrell will evaluate your cosmetic goals and expectations, address all your questions and concerns, and explain your treatment options as well what you can expect before, during, after your cosmetic medicine acne treatments. Call 800-781-0818 or contact us online to schedule your free surgical consultation in the Tampa Bay area.





[2] https://www.aad.org/public/diseases/acne-and-rosacea/acne#symptoms

[3] https://www.aad.org/public/diseases/acne-and-rosacea/acne#symptoms

[4] https://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/acne/tc/acne-vulgaris-medications – 2