Acne can take a toll on your confidence when it feels like nothing works. At Cope Cosmetic Dermatology, we offer the best in acne treatments and products so you can achieve clear, healthy skin.

What is Acne?

Acne is a skin condition where the skin’s pores become inflamed and clogged. It can appear in a few different forms, but the most recognizable form is small red bumps or cysts. Acne is one of the most common skin conditions and everyone experiences it at some point throughout life (typically during puberty). Some adults experience acne for a variety of reasons and it can be difficult to treat without professional help.

Types of Acne

Whiteheads and Blackheads

Whiteheads and blackheads are bumps on the surface of the skin filled with excess oil and dead skin. Whiteheads remain closed while blackheads are open to the air which causes their black appearance.


Papules are small bumps that become inflamed and may be red or pink.

Pustules and Cysts

Pustules and cysts are pimples that contain pus and are surrounded by inflammation. They can cause scarring if not properly treated.


Nodules are large, solid pimples deep in the skin. They can be painful and cause damage to the skin if not treated by a dermatologist.

What Causes Acne?

At its core, acne is caused by an infection of the skin’s pores. Bacteria, oil, or other substances can congest the pores and cause inflammation. There are many ways an infection can happen, and they can be unique to each patient. Some of the most common causes include:

  • Hormone levels
  • Skin, hair, or cosmetic products
  • Stress
  • Medication use
  • Genetics
  • Clothing, bedding, or linens
  • Air pollution or weather
  • Oily or dry skin
  • Diet
  • Lifestyle habits

It can be difficult to determine the exact causes of acne, which is why it can be beneficial to consult a board-certified dermatologist.

What Are My Treatment Options for Acne?

Acne treatment is usually most effective when it combines professional treatments with at-home products. Some of the most effective options include:

  • Peels and Exfoliators
  • Retinol
  • Microneedling

Our cosmetic team will make sure you understand your personalized treatment plan and how to care for your skin at home.

Maintaining Healthy Skin with Acne

It can be difficult to prevent acne, but our team can help you locate the underlying causes. The best way to maintain healthy skin with acne is by following your personalized at-home skincare regimen to prevent new breakouts. You may also benefit from regular maintenance treatments with your board-certified dermatologist, and our team will make sure you understand the right treatment schedule for your skin.


Dr. Austin Cope is a Utah native as well as a highly educated and well-trained cosmetic dermatologist. At Cope Cosmetic Dermatology, our team is here to help you look and feel your best.


Dr. Cope can help you achieve a new level of confidence with aesthetic experience and a laid-back approach. To learn more, contact us through our online form or give us a call.

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