Acne Treatments

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Do you treat acne?

Yes, this is one of the most common skin issues we deal with. We treat acne both medically and aesthetically. A consultation with one of our dermatologists is the first step to determine the best course of action. Acne is not only for teenagers, but can affect any age group.

What is acne?

Acne occurs when pores on your face, neck, chest, back or upper arms get plugged. This typically results in comedones (blackheads and whiteheads). The continuous production of oil by the plugged pore can also result in bacterial overgrowth and inflammation which results in painful acne (pustules or inflammatory cysts).

What acne treatments do you have?

After an initial consultation with a dermatologist, the doctor will discuss the best possible treatments which can include oral prescriptions, injections, topical ointments (both prescription and non-prescription) and/or acne surgery/extractions or peels with our clinical estheticians.

What is acne surgery?

Acne surgery is a treatment performed by an esthetician in our office working under the supervision of a doctor. The purpose is to professionally cleanse the skin, extract blackheads and whiteheads and clean clogged pores. Acne surgery helps to reduce current acne outbreaks. Patients receiving acne surgery treatments must continue to have periodic visits with the dermatologist for acne management. Acne surgeries are often covered by insurance.

What acne products do you carry?

We carry medical grade cleansers, toners, moisturizers, lotions, and sunscreens which can help with your acne treatment. Your physician will recommend a treatment regimen that is tailored to your skin. Our products are in-stock and available for purchase the same day.

How do I know when I need a dermatologist?

Although almost 100% of children between 12 and 17 get some form of acne, you should seek a doctor’s care if you feel any of the below statement fits your situation*:

  • My acne makes me shy.
  • I am embarrassed by my acne.
  • My outlook on life is less optimistic since I developed acne.
  • None of the over-the-counter products and/or remedies I’ve tried has worked.
  • I am beginning to see scars after acne lesions clear.
  • I have painful, pus-filled lesions in addition to blackheads and whiteheads and reddened spots on my skin.
  • I have dark skin, and a patch that is darker than my skin appears when an acne lesion clears.

*Source: American Academy of Dermatologists

Can my acne be cured/cleared up?

With new technologies and new products, almost every case of acne can be resolved. In addition, you can work with your dermatologist or esthetician to develop/create a regime to prevent further outbreaks.

Is acne caused by poor hygiene or diet?

Acne is usually a normal part of adolescence and most teenagers will get some form of acne, but poor hygiene and diet are not direct causes of acne. In most cases, if you vigorously scrub your skin to eliminate excess oils, dead skin etc, you can further irritate your skin. Numerous studies show there is no direct link between diet and acne, however eating a balanced diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables is always recommended.

If you have adult acne, it is best to consult a dermatologist to determine the cause and the best treatment options.

Is acne treatment just for cosmetic reasons?

No. Although the acne itself poses no threat to a person’s physical health, acne can cause permanent scarring. The appearance of the acne and acne scarring can affect the way a person feels about themselves. With significant medical and non-medical advancements, most acne can be cleared up, so it makes sense to explore all options available.

How do you treat acne scars?

We offer several treatment options to reduce the appearance of acne scars. Amongst these options for skin resurfacing are the Fraxel Laser, Micropen, chemical peels, and microdermabrasion.

*Source: American Academy of Dermatology