The Acne Guide

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We all struggle with some form of acne from time to time. Whether it’s a stray pimple in adulthood or an inflamed breakout during adolescence, acne can be a source of frustration and embarrassment, regardless of age. Acne can appear in several forms, from tiny whiteheads to large, painful cysts.

Acne can be spurred by a combination of factors, including genetics, hormones, and lifestyle. For example, our skin produces sebum to naturally moisturize and protect itself. However, when excess sebum, dirt, and dead skin cells start clogging the pores on our skin, this causes bacterial growth and inflammation, forming red pustules on the face. Sound familiar? You guessed it. This is acne.

Acne commonly visibly appears on the face but also frequently occurs on the back, neck, chest, shoulders, and buttocks. Hormonal fluctuations can increase sebum production, so acne can be triggered during puberty or using birth control throughout menstruation and menopause. They can also resurface during pregnancy or post-partum. In addition, genetics often play a role, as some people may be predisposed to overactive oil glands or a greater sensitivity to bacteria.

While the causes of acne may be beyond our control, several factors can exacerbate the condition. Poor hygiene habits, such as not washing or touching your face regularly, can introduce bacteria to your skin and make acne worse. Certain medications, including some types of birth control pills and steroids, can also aggravate acne.

For most of us, acne can wreak havoc on our self-esteem and erode our sense of body positivity. In a counter-productive urge to make the acne disappear, we resort to things like popping or scratching pimples or using unconventional spot-treatment products on our breakouts (e.g., Toothpaste?! Eye drops?!). These urges only worsen things and often lead to permanent scarring or skin damage.

Luckily, treating acne is much easier today than it was in the past. T/A offers several treatments to help alleviate your acne concerns and manage your skin.


Using advanced red and blue light therapy, this laser skin resurfacing treatment kills acne bacteria on sight, reduces inflammation, and helps heal acne scars. In addition, Venus Versa is a non-invasive procedure that takes 15 to 45 minutes and requires no downtime!


Our peels can be applied to the face and body to support skin cell renewal, revealing radiant, smooth skin. These exfoliating treatments can help manage acne and reduce your acne scars.


This facial is safe for all ages and is an effective acne treatment. It minimizes blemishes, controls sebum production, and reduces inflammation.

At T/A, we want you to look and feel your best. We know that acne can throw a wrench at your self-image, and we want to help you feel like your beautiful self. We will work with you to devise a treatment plan tailored to your needs. Give your acne skincare routine a boost with one of our treatments, and prevent future breakouts. Our state-of-the-art treatments target the root causes of acne and achieve results that go deeper than your standard drugstore products.