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Treating Acne

Acne TreatmentsAcne is a common skin condition that effects teenagers and adults. More women in their 30s and up are now experiencing acne. Teen and adult acne can have a negative effect on a person’s self-esteem and self-confidence.

Treating Acne Offers Benefits Beyond Clear Skin:

  • Preventing dark spots and scars that can be left on the skin when acne pimples clear up.
  • Boosting a person’s esteem and confidence.

Treatment Types

There are many effective acne treatments even for stubborn acne. Mild acne can be treated with over-the-counter products such as lotions or washes containing benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid. It may take 4-8 weeks of product usage to see improvement. The treatment must continue afterwards to prevent future breakouts. If acne continues to be bothersome, more effective treatments are available from a dermatologist.

Prescription Topical Acne Treatments – A dermatologist can prescribe lotions containing retinoids, prescription-strength benzoyl peroxide, antibiotic or salicylic acid depending on your skin’s needs.

Prescription Medicine – Red, swollen types of acne may require medicine that works throughout the body. These medications include:

  • Antibiotics to help kill bacteria and reduce inflammation
  • Birth control pills and other medicines that change hormone levels (for women)
  • Isotretinoin – A treatment that works on all causes of acne.

Procedures that Treat Acne Include:

  • Facials – Your provider will determine the types of facials that would help your skin the most.
  • Lasers and Light Therapy – These treatments reduce p. acnes bacteria
  • Chemical Peels – These peels treat blackheads and papules
  • Acne Removal – A procedure that drains and extracts large acne cysts and reduces pain and scarring.

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