Are you frustrated by over-the-counter acne treatments that don’t work? Are you ready to work with an expert to enjoy life with clear skin? Are you ready to get rid of your acne scars?
Although a benign condition, acne commonly affects a person’s confidence and self esteem. People with acne can experience discrimination in social and professional settings. As someone who experiences acne, I understand how frustrating this reoccurring condition can be. As a board-certified dermatologist who works face-to-face with the public daily and has had many appearances on television, I understand how keeping acne away is important to looking, feeling and performing your best.
What is acne?
Acne (acne vulgaris) is one of the most common skin disorders in both adults and teenagers. It is a disease that starts with clogging of the hair follicles and commonly affects the face and well as the neck, chest, back and arms. People affected with acne have a variety of different lesion types on their skin including blackheads and whiteheads (known as comedones), pustules, red or brown bumps and nodules. Acne may be mild, moderate or severe. Lesions may even be painful. Acne lesions may leave behind unsightly scars or blemishes.
Who gets acne?
Although acne is commonly thought of as a disease of teenagers, people of all ages can get acne. Although acne affects people of both genders, adult acne is especially common in women. Pregnant women may notice uncharacteristic acne flaring or relief from their chronic acne.
Why do people get acne?
The causes of acne are many. Genetics and hormonal changes are common causes of acne. Acne may be the sign of a hormonal disorder such as polycystic ovarian disease in women, pregnancy, or be made worse by medications, oils, or friction from helmets or equipment. Some studies suggest that stress makes acne worse. The effect of diet on acne is still controversial. Recent studies have shown that skim dairy products and a high glycemic diet may be worse for acne suffers. In one study, women who ate more leafy, green vegetables were less affected by acne.
Who can best help me treat my acne?
How to best treat acne depends on a variety of factors including cause, severity, lesion-type, location, skin color, lifestyle and medical history. First, get evaluated by an expert, a board-certified dermatologist. A board-certified dermatologist is best able to assess your condition and its causes, inform and counsel you about your options, and offer you a full range of appropriate treatments including prescriptions, guidance about over-the-counter products, procedures and professional strength products.
What are the options for the treatment of my acne?
Acne is a chronic condition that can come and go, and unfortunately for some people, come and stay. Unfortunately, other than isotretinoin (Accutane), which does not always work for everyone, there is no true cure for acne currently available. Most treatments focus on getting the condition under control and reducing the frequency of flares.
Treatments your dermatologist may discuss with you include:
Topical medications: retinoids, benzoyl peroxide, antibiotics, azelaic acid, dapsone, salicylic acid, glycolic acid
Oral medications: antibiotics, isotretinoin, oral contraceptive pills (women only), spironolactone (women only)
Procedures: extractions, chemical peels, injections, light treatments (IPL), laser treatment for scars
What are the best treatments for the scars and blemishes left behind by acne?
The inflammation caused by acne can sometimes leave scars (which are either depressed or raised), red spots, or brown discoloration, also called blemishes or hyperpigmentation. Red and brown spots generally fade, although it may take months or sometimes years. Scars are permanent. It is important to know the difference between a blemish and a scar as the prognosis and treatments are different.
Through utilizing the treatments we offer, which include chemical peels, laser treatments, prescription strength bleaching creams, brightening agents, punch excisions and injections, we can come up with an ideal treatment plan to control your acne and treatments for scars and blemishes.