Acne

Treatment

Acne is a skin condition that starts with pores getting clogged with oil and skin cells which leads lesions on the face, chest, back, and upper extremities. While very common in teenage years due to hormonal influences, this condition can be seen throughout adulthood.

The symptoms of acne can vary from mild to severe and may include:

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Whiteheads

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Blackheads

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Papules

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Pustules

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Nodules

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Cysts

On occasion, acne can be painful or itchy and may leave lingering discoloration or scarring.

These can develop in any combination. Larger lesions can be painful and scarring can develop in susceptible patients.

Several factors contribute to the development of acne. These factors include: excess oil production, hormonal fluctuations, bacterial overgrowth or imbalance, clogged hair follicles, family history, certain medications, and even cosmetic products.

Acne is usually diagnosed based on its appearance and symptoms. A dermatologist will inquire about your medical history and perform a physical examination of your skin to determine the severity of your acne and identify contributing factors.

The treatment for acne depends on its severity.

Over-the-counter (OTC) products may help improve mild acne. Products containing ingredients like benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, or sulfur can help unclog pores and reduce bacteria and are generally well-tolerated.

Prescription medications are typically needed for moderate to severe acne. A dermatologist may prescribe topical or oral medications such as retinoids (vitamin A products), antibiotics, or hormonal therapy (for females) to control inflammation and reduce bacteria.

Alternative or additional treatments could come in the form of procedures such as chemical peels or laser therapy to reduce acne and improve skin texture.

Home Remedies:

1. Gentle cleansing with avoidance of over-exfoliating

2. Avoidance of picking or squeezing lesions

3. Maintaining a well-balanced diet, getting enough sleep, and trying to minimize stress

*For some patients, minimizing carbohydrates and dairy in their diet may be helpful to reduce acne

It is essential to follow a consistent skincare routine and continue any prescribed treatments. Regular follow-up visits with your dermatologist can help monitor progress and adjust the treatment plan if needed. It can take a minimum of 6 weeks to see improvement with any treatment regimen, so consistency and patience is key.

Although it may not be possible to prevent all cases of acne, you can take steps to reduce its occurrence. Use non-comedogenic (non-pore-clogging) products suitable for your skin type to maintain cleanliness without stripping natural oils. Avoid touching your face frequently to prevent the transfer of bacteria and oil from your hands. Choose oil-free, non-comedogenic makeup and hair products. Remove makeup before sleeping. Practice good sun protection measures as sun exposure may flare acne and could contribute to post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation.

Includes but not limited to:

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Oral Antibiotics (Docycycline or Minocycline)

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Topical Anti-Inflamatories (Azelaic Acid or Dapsone)

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Topical Antibiotics (Clindamycin or Erythromycin)

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Topical Vitamin A Cream (Tretinoin or Adapalene)

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Hormonal Therapy (Spironalactone) 

Subscription service: if appropriate we can send oral antibiotics for a maximum of 3 months. Subscription includes evaluation of acne, updating the treatment depending on the patient's response, adding topical treatment options, or changing oral antibiotics if ineffective. A discussion with our dermatologists for expectations on results. Discuss complimentary cosmetic options where appropriate and suggestions on acne bundles that would compliment their care. 

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Pick up your prescription at your pharmacy of choice within 1-2 hours.  After you receive your treatment plan, connect with your pharmacy to see when they will have your Rx fulfilled. For some medications we offer home delivery options for your convenience.