A customized treatment approach to your acne is one of the things we specialize in here at DermCARE Practitioners. We understand that your acne affects more than your skin, it affects how you feel as a person. Come in today so we can help you get the clear skin and confidence you deserve!
What is acne?
Acne is a common skin condition that occurs when oil and dead skin cells clog the skin’s pores. It most commonly occurs on the face, chest, back, shoulders, and neck. Acne affects young men and young women about equally during their adolescent and early adult years. While most people outgrow acne by their 20’s some people, especially women, have acne well into adulthood. This is called adult female acne and is highly treatable.
What makes acne worse?
Stress or illness may aggravate acne. Women may also have flares prior to their menstrual periods. Oily cosmetics may alter the opening of the sebaceous gland making the cells more likely to stick together and form comedones.
What doesn't make acne worse?
Food seems to have little effect on the severity of acne in most individuals. However, a balanced healthy diet is recommended.
How is acne treated?
Treatment for acne depends upon its severity. The goal of treatment is to reduce or eliminate outbreaks and to prevent scarring. Daily use of gentle medicated cleansers are recommended. Facial scrubs, toners, or masks may irritate your skin.
Common topicals used include:
- Benzoyl Peroxide
- Salicylic acid
- Azelaic acid
- Topical antibiotics
Retinoids work partly by keeping skin pores clear. The most common prescription retinoid is called tretinoin. They are also used to treat fine wrinkles, dark spots or rough skin on the face. They are typically used sparingly once per day at bedtime. Overuse can cause irritation and drying. Retinoids can make skin more sun sensitive. Using sunscreen is recommended. Common brand names are Retin-A®, Differin®, Tazorac® and Aklief®.
For application instructions and tips on using retinoids like tretinoin Click Here.
Oral medications include:
- Oral antibiotics
- Oral Contraceptives
- Accutane (Isotretinoin)
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Scarring left behind from acne can be frustrating, but manageable. Once acne is under control the scarring and pigmentation can be treated. Topical retinoids can help with the appearance of scarring and discoloration. We also recommend microneedling to treat stubborn acne scarring. Microneedling sessions can be scheduled with Paige Spear by clicking HERE.
To find out what the best treatment is for you, make an appointment with us today.