The most common skin issue in the US and likely the world, acne is different from one person to the next. While some suffer from light acne or an occasional pimple, many suffer from moderate to severe whiteheads, blackheads, and even cystic acne.
However, no matter what type of acne you might have and no matter how severe, we offer a number of different treatment options.
Why Treat Acne?
One of the worst and most common acne myths is that one must let acne run its course and heal itself. While they may be okay for an occasional pimple or whitehead, leaving most acne untreated will result in further skin issues as well as permanent scarring. It’s important to get a consultation done by a certified dermatologist in order to prevent future issues.
· When acne “heals” on its own, dark spots and scars are left behind.
· With treatment, patients get a confidence boost and become more social.
· No matter what type of acne you have, there are a number of treatment options available.
When to Seek Medical Treatment?
For some patients with light acne, over the counter creams and cleansers may work however for moderate to severe cysts, or nodules may require some type of skin treatment or prescription medication as well as a consultation with a medical professional.
How is Acne Diagnosed?
During your consultation, we will carefully examine your skin to determine the level of acne, as well as what type of acne you are suffering from. Often times patients may be suffering from other skin issues and it may appear to be acne. Acne is often graded on a 1 to 4 scale, with 4 being the most severe.
Acne Treatment Options
There are a number of methods for treating acne, using topical solutions, medications, cosmetic treatments, or some combination of all three. Depending on what type of acne, and how severe it is, your doctor will determine which treatment is best for you. Some of the more common acne treatment methods are:
This can be topical creams, lotions, cleansers, scrubs, toners, or soaps. Most of these topicals are meant to reduce the presence of oil and exfoliate the skin of dead skin cells, bacteria, dirt, & debris. Many topical creams and lotions contain medicated substances such as retinoids, benzoyl peroxide, or salicylic acid.
Medications work to cure acne from within the body, by reducing bacterial infections or inflammation, stifling hormonal changes, and more. Common types of prescription medication for the treatment of acne are:
o Antibiotics – Reduce infections & inflammation.
o Birth Control or Oral Contraception – Enacts hormonal changes or balance in women.
o Isotretinoin – Prescription treatment for severe acne and painful red marks, and cysts. Accutane is a popular brand name.
· Procedures & Treatments
One of the best means of treating your acne is through skincare procedures performed by your dermatologist. Some of the most common treatments we offer are:
o Chemical Peels – Specially formulated medical-grade peels that can treat moderate to severe acne cases, and improve the skin’s overall health and aesthetic appeal.
o Facials – Similar to peels in their result, medical- grade facials are meant to clean the skin of harmful dirt, debris, and bacteria. Leaving you with better skin overall.
o Laser Treatments – Laser and light therapy treatments are highly effective for all forms of skincare, especially acne treatment. They can reduce bacteria, as well as resurface your skin – alleviating acne blemishes, & acne scars – while stimulating the production of vital skincare compounds like collagen & elastin. Also causes cellular turnover meaning new skin cells take the place of old, dead skin cells.
o Manual Acne Removal – Made famous by online “pimple-poppers”, dermatologists will manually drain and evacuate acne cysts, and pimples – removing the inner pus, dirt, debris, blood, and bacteria.
o Other Skincare Treatments – We offer a vast number of skin care treatments including Microdermabrasion, Microneedling, PRP, and more!
For more information on all of our acne treatment options be sure to schedule your consultation today.