Our dermatology practitioners understand the anxiety and frustration patients feel when battling ongoing acne outbreaks. Acne is a common skin condition that affects millions of individuals. Our trained providers 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. Although it is most often seen as affecting teenagers, acne also regularly affects adults. If you are tired of covering your acne with makeup or 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.
Symptoms of Acne
Acne symptoms vary in combination with the type of acne and its severity. Blemishes are a common, 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?
Acne can be caused by a combination of things, such as bacteria and clogged pores; acne can be itchy, red, inflamed, or tender to the touch. A “flare-up” of acne can also occur for a number of different reasons, including hormonal fluctuations associated with puberty, pregnancy, and menopause. In addition, certain medications, 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 rarely proven to effectively treat severe acne. Our dermatology offices offer numerous treatment options to control and manage acne and clear its symptoms. For milder cases of acne, topicals that contain salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide can help. In other cases with more inflammation, oral antibiotics can be effective. In addition to topical and oral prescriptions, laser treatments have also proven to be effective. Laser treatments can help reduce redness and other pigmentation issues associated with acne. Chemical peels may also help, depending on the type of acne.