Medical Dermatology

Medical Dermatology

Acne

  • You are not alone! Acne is the most common skin condition in the United States, affecting 50 million Americans every year.
  • Acne can cause both physical and psychological problems, including permanent scarring, poor self-image, depression, and anxiety.
  • Acne is frustrating and managing it on your own can become costly, going from one cream to the next. We can successfully diagnose and treat your acne, working with you to come up with the best customized plan. It is best to treat early to prevent scars, and there are several treatment options available.
What causes acne?
  • Acne is mostly caused by heredity and hormones, where overactive oil glands produce too much oil and combine with skin cells to plug pores, which allows bacteria on the skin to multiply and result in the skin lesions called acne.
How do I properly care for my skin?
  • Keep it simple and be gentle!
  • Gently wash affected areas once or twice daily with a gentle cleanser.
  • Avoid exfoliants or scrubbing, as this can irritate skin and make acne worse.
  • Avoid astringents or toners, which may dry the skin.
  • To prevent scars, do not pop, squeeze, or pick at acne, and seek early treatment.
  • Products we recommend: Cetaphil Gentle Cleanser, CeraVe lotion, Vanicream lotion.
What treatment options are there?
  • Mild acne is usually managed well with topical therapy – retinoids, benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, and antibiotics.
  • Moderate and severe acne can usually be treated with oral antibiotics.
  • Some woman may benefit from oral contraceptives containing estrogen, or spironolactone, which works particularly well for adult female acne.
  • Severe cystic acne, scarring acne, or acne that does not improve with oral antibiotics is usually best treated with oral isotretinoin.
  • Isotretinoin (formerly known as Accutane) is a high dose vitamin A derivative that clears acne long term in about 75% of patients with a 4 – 6 month treatment course.
  • If you have acne scarring, treatments with microdermabrasion, chemical peels, and/or laser can be effective.
  • Be patient! The life cycle of a pimple is about 2 months, so it can take a couple of months to see improvement.

 
 
We will work together to come up with the best acne treatment plan for you. Clear skin is possible! Schedule an appointment today!