Acne Specialist

Dawn S. Allison, MD -  - Dermatologist

Allison Dermatology & Skin Cancer Center

Dawn S. Allison, MD

Dermatologist located in Bend, OR

If you dread looking in the mirror for fear of finding your face’s most recent acne breakout glaring back at you, you’re not alone. Acne affects most people to some degree, but you can find help at Allison Dermatology & Skin Cancer Center in Bend, Oregon, where Dawn S. Allison, MD, treats acne in men and women of all ages. If you’re being plagued by acne, call Allison Dermatology & Skin Care Center or book an appointment online today.

Acne Q&A

What is acne?

Acne is the most common skin condition in the United States, affecting about 40 to 50 million men, women, and teenagers at any given time.

Acne causes eruptions of pimples -- also known as zits -- or a variety of other blemishes on your skin. Zits may include any combination of the following types of blemishes:

  • Blackheads
  • Whiteheads
  • Cysts
  • Nodules
  • Pustules


These blemishes most often appear on your face. However, it’s possible to get acne breakouts in other parts of your body, including:

  • Neck
  • Back
  • Shoulders
  • Chest

What causes pimples and acne?

Pimples begin when a pore in your skin becomes clogged with oil and dead skin cells. If bacteria get trapped inside a clogged pore, they multiply until the skin becomes inflamed with an infection and a pimple pops up.

Although it’s a normal process, specific factors may increase your chances of breaking out in acne:

  • Being a teenager
  • Hormone fluctuations
  • Being a woman

When should I see a dermatologist about acne?

You should see Dr. Allison if any of the following applies to your acne:

  • You have a lot of cysts or nodules
  • Your acne is red, swollen, or painful
  • You already tried over-the-counter remedies, and they didn’t work

How does a dermatologist treat acne?

First, Dr. Allison examines your acne and asks about your medical history. Based on this information, she works with you to develop an acne treatment strategy.

If your acne is mild, Dr. Allison may suggest topical treatments to apply to your skin. If your acne is severely irritated or swollen, she might prescribe a medicine to take orally, such as antibiotics. She may also recommend acne treatment procedures, and skin care regimens.

Treating acne is important because failure to do so may result in permanent acne scars or uneven skin tone. If acne interferes with your life, call Allison Dermatology & Skin Cancer Center or book an appointment online today.