As the most common skin condition in the U.S., acne is caused when hair follicles become clogged with oil and dead skin cells. While it’s a common rite of passage in adolescence, acne can also become persistent and unsightly, affecting millions of adults — both physically and emotionally.
If the body produces too much or too little melanin, it can cause brown spots, sun spots, moles, melasma or other skin patches that appear lighter or darker than normal. Some people address pigmentation concerns with medicines and creams, while others are seeking treatments for more dramatic results.
Aging can bring unwanted changes to the skin — in the form of wrinkles, fine lines, enlarged pores, rough texture or a dull tone. As a result, many people are striving to restore their youthful glow, looking as good on the outside as they feel on the inside.
As a natural part of the body’s healing process, scars may shrink in size or change appearance, but they may not completely disappear. They may also become unwelcome reminders of a past condition or surgery. However, there are treatments that can improve the appearance of scars, helping them blend in with surrounding skin.
Unwanted hair can be a source of frustration and embarrassment, growing everywhere from upper lips and underarms to backs and bikini lines. And shaving, waxing and plucking only go so far before they’re needed again — which is why some people are seeking a more permanent solution.