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Acne Treatment - Dermatologist

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What is Acne?

Our North Texas dermatology practitioners understand the anxiety and frustration patients feel when battling ongoing acne outbreaks. A common skin condition that affects millions of individuals of all ages, acne shows itself in the form of pimples and red bumps, as well as whiteheads and blackheads. Caused by a combination of things, such as bacteria and clogged pores, acne can be itchy, red, inflamed, or tender to the touch. Our trained McKinney, Rockwall, and Allen area dermatologists have years of experience and a history of success creating effective acne treatment plans to help patients manage their acne and enjoy a smooth, clear complexion. Most often seen as affecting teenagers, acne also regularly affects young adults and can continue into the 30s and 40s for many individuals. We invite you to call Dermatology and Skin Cancer Surgery Center today and schedule an appointment for a thorough skin analysis.

Symptoms of Acne

Acne symptoms vary in combination with the type of acne and its severity. Blemishes are a common, most visible symptom of acne and come in many different forms. Types of blemishes include blackheads, whiteheads, cysts, pustules, nodules, and papules. Each type of blemish ranges from mild to severe and will need to be treated accordingly. Studies have shown that acne can create emotional symptoms as well, which include low self-esteem and depression. Other symptoms associated with acne are dark spots on the skin and permanent scars.

What Causes Acne?

A “flare-up” of acne can occur for a number of different reasons, including hormonal fluctuations associated with puberty, pregnancy, and menopause. In addition, certain medications and drugs, such as the birth control pill, can cause acne, as well as stress and a poor diet. Once the exact cause of acne is diagnosed, a proper treatment plan can be established.

How to Treat Acne

Research shows that over-the-counter ointments are not proven to effectively treat severe acne. Our dermatology office offers numerous treatment options to control and manage acne and clear its symptoms. For milder cases of acne, prescription ointments such as topical solutions that contain   salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide can help. There are also oral antibiotics, such as doxycycline, minocycline or tetracycline that are effective to use. In addition to topical and oral prescriptions, laser treatments have also proven to be effective. Not only can a laser treatment help to deep clean and attack dead skin cells under the dermal layer, it can also help reduce redness and other pigmentation issues associated with acne. Chemical peels, microneedling and dermabrasion may also help depending on the type of acne the patient has.

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Treat Your Acne Today!

If you are tired of covering your acne with makeup, enduring the physical pain, embarrassment, and the emotional affliction that can develop from this condition, we encourage you to call our dermatology office to schedule an appointment today. We will provide a thorough skin analysis and create a tailored treatment plan to help clear up your complexion as quickly as possible.

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