Is acne keeping you indoors?

Sebaceous glands in the skin naturally produce oil, but certain triggers can cause an overproduction that leads to acne. That’s why areas of the body with more of these glands–such as the face, back, chest, neck, shoulders, and upper arms–are affected the most by pimples.

Acne is the most common skin condition seen by doctors, and these breakouts can cause embarrassment, low self-esteem and even depression. Certain types of acne, like cysts and nodules, can also be painful. Fortunately, a dermatologist can help you manage or cure your condition.

Several triggers could be causing your breakouts

Breakouts can appear due to genetics, hormonal changes (especially during puberty), clogged pores, and the bacteria Propionibacterium (P. acnes).

Are you suffering from acne?

While acne isn’t considered a serious or dangerous condition, it can be a painful and embarrassing experience. Acne scarring may be long-lasting or permanent, causing textural changes and indentations. Breakouts can happen anywhere on the body, but you’ll most likely see it happen on the face, chest, neck, shoulders, or upper arms.

Many treatments are available

Take back your confidence and manage your acne with the help of one of our trusted dermatologists. Whether you need a skin smoothing solution or acne scar treatment, we have the perfect option for you.

  • Over-the-counter preparations – Benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, and retinol
  • Prescription medications – Prescription-strength benzoyl peroxide, antibiotics, corticosteroids, hormonal treatments, and retinoids
  • Procedures – Light and laser therapies


*The Medical Services Plan of BC may not cover treatments for medical conditions if they’re considered to be elective and/or cosmetic.