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What Causes Acne and How Can You Treat It?

80% of people between 11 and 30 suffer from acne breakouts. Despite how common it is, acne can be a source of insecurity. Everyone’s skin is different, meaning there is no one-size-fits-all solution. You must consider your skin and what the various products or treatments can do for your acne. 

What Causes Acne?

Whether you are a teenager or an adult, the leading cause of acne is the same: clogged pores. Your glands secrete oils through the pore opening to protect and soften your skin. Pimples form when dirt, dead skin cells, excess oil, or bacteria block the pore.

*individual results may vary.

Common causes for clogged pores as a teenager or adult are: 

  • Natural hormone fluctuations
  • High, prolonged levels of stress
  • Pollution (dirt, UV radiation, etc.)
  • Using the wrong skincare products
  • Cleansing too frequently or too intensely (causes your skin to overcompensate and produce too much oil)
  • Some foods for some people
  • Certain medications such as lithium or androgens
  • Genetics

Whether the luck of the draw or your environment, clogged pores can cause significant breakouts and eventually acne scarring. 

Request a Consultation Today!

Our expert providers here at Twin Ports Dermatology would be happy to meet with you for an in-person consultation. Simply fill out the form on this page, and one of our trusted staff members will reach out to you promptly to schedule your consultation.

What Treatments Help Acne?

There are a variety of treatments to help acne, from at-home topical medications to dermatological treatments such as laser skin resurfacing. Some of the treatments available at Twin Ports Dermatology include:

Treatment Focused Facials

Twin Ports Dermatology facials are customizable to your health concerns. One of the facials we provide is the Blemish Control facials. These use the power of green tea, peroxides, and salicylic acid to hydrate your skin and control acne breakouts. 


The diamond-tipped handheld wand exfoliates the skin’s surface and vacuums impurities off the skin in 30 minutes. It can treat acne, relieve blackheads, and reduce enlarged pores. The hydrating serums and moisturizers soothe and enhance your new complexion with no downtime. 

Twin Ports Dermatology Sensitive Skin Kit

Our sensitive skin kit renews and restores your sensitive skin. You wash with the Gentle Foaming Cleanser twice a day and alternate between the Rosy Solutions or Gentle Ret 50 every other night. The kit is tailored to your sensitivities to protect and renew your skin.

Twin Ports Dermatology: Acne Kit

Specifically designed to target acne, our acne kit reduces breakouts and softens your skin. Twice a day, you wash with the Clarifying Cleanser. In the mornings, you also apply one Daily Clarifying Pad and protect your skin with mineral water. Every other night, you alternate between the Daily Clarifying Pads and Retinol 50. 

And More…

Twin Ports Dermatology has other treatment options to treat acne and acne scarring, such as chemical peels and laser resurfacing. To know which treatment is right for you, visit us for an in-person consultation to determine a unique treatment plan to protect your skin.


*individual results may vary


Take the First Step - Request A Consultation

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If you would like to schedule an in-person consultation, please fill out the form on this page and one of our knowledgeable medical staff members at Twin Ports Dermatology will reach out to you promptly. You can also call our Duluth, MN office directly to schedule: 218-302-1000.

Twin Ports Dermatology serves the greater Duluth area. We’re the only locally owned private dermatology clinic & medspa in the area.

*Individual results may vary