Acne is a common skin problem caused by clogged pores, bacteria, inflammation, and hormones. Dermatologists prescribe a wide range of treatments to treat acne by addressing these root causes.. However, for more severe, stubborn or widespread acne, it is recommended that you see a dermatologist so he or she can prescribe medication appropriate to the condition. You should see a dermatologist when treating acne if using non-prescription products is not helping to improve your skin condition.
MOST COMMON TREATMENTS
- Topical antibiotics applied to the skin can be recommended to help control the inflammation associated with the redness and swelling of acne.
- Oral antibiotics are usually indicated for moderate to severe acne of the chest, back and shoulders. They work by reducing the presence of bacteria.
- Topical retinoids (vitamin A derivatives) may exfoliate the skin and open pores.
- Isotretinoin originally sold under the brand name Accutane, works by shrinking oil glands and decreasing oil production. After five to six months, most patients are clear and the majority remain clear for years. Windsor Dermatology physicians have had superior results with Isotretinoin.
- Hormonal agents such as oral contraceptives or spirnolactone may treat women with moderate to severe acne. Hormonal agents are often used for acne that begins or worsens in adulthood.
TIPS FOR TREATING ACNE AT HOME
- Use a mild, soap-free, fragrance-free cleanser and wash gently in the morning and at night. There’s no need to wash more than twice a day and you don’t want to scrub hard. Also avoid alcohol-based cleansers which can cause irritation and aggravate acne.
- We know it’s tempting, but when you squeeze or pick at pimples, you can actually push the infection deeper into your skin and make matters worse. It can even cause scarring. Not good!
- Follow your doctor’s instructions pumping a pea-sized amount of the medication onto your hand and spreading it evenly across your face is best. Using more won’t speed things up (sorry!) and it’s not a good idea to spot-treat. Stick with the right amount and stay consistent.
""I love Dr. Bagel! I’m a 36 year old mother. I have hormonal acne, eczema, and Basil Cell Carcinoma (thankfully Dr. Bagel saw it right away!). I’ve been hiding my skin for so long! I haven’t been able to get rid of the acne since I was pregnant with my first child! It’s finally getting better! I’m really grateful I was referred to him!