People come to Aesthetic Dermatology to get a custom tailored acne treatment for their skin type and situation. All the treatments have been clinically tested and approved. Acne treatments at Aesthetic Dermatology are stronger than any over the counter medications available. Each acne treatment takes a number of factors into consideration to find the best option:
- Skin Type
- Severity of Acne
- Location on Body
Your dermatologist at Aesthetic Dermatology will go through this, and any other relevant factors to your case before deciding on a treatment protocol.
Acne is the most common skin condition in the United States, affecting over 50 million people annually. While people tend to associate acne with puberty and teenage years, acne can happen at any time. It is more common for acne to occur during times of higher hormone production, such as puberty. During this time, sebum is produced, causing acne. About 30% of the patients we treat for acne are adults who wish to get rid of their acne problems.
Acne treatments are most successful when treatments begin as early as possible. If you are concerned about your acne, schedule a consultation at Aesthetic Dermatology today.
Causes of Acne
There are two main causes of acne. The main cause of acne is when overproduction of an oily substance on the skin called sebum causes hair follicles to get clogged with dead skin cells. This tends to happen when the body is producing abnormally large amounts of sebum to keep the skin from drying out, which is often during hormonal changes such as puberty. There is also a bacteria called Propionibacterium acnes (P. Acnes) that can infect the skin and cause acne.
Acne treatment is used to treat:
- Blackheads and Whiteheads
- Pimples (pustules)
Most common treatment areas:
- Upper arms
Early Treatment is the Best Way to Prevent Acne Scarring
Early treatment is the best way to avoid the short term and long term effects of acne scarring. Bad cases of acne can leave dark spots that take months or years to fade. People who get nodules and cysts can sometimes have permanent scarring that can only be remedied with dermatological procedures. Early treatment is the best prevention for dealing with acne scarring.
Acne: Common Concerns & Questions
How long before my acne is gone?
Treating acne is a marathon, not a sprint. Treatment takes time; each case is different in severity and each body responds differently to treatment. Generally, treatment will start showing results after 6-8 weeks.Optimal results will be evident after about 6 months of treatment. These time frames are only estimates, and will vary person to person. If someone tells you they can get rid of your acne right away, be skeptical. Extraction is the only immediate remedy for acne and extraction is only appropriate in rare cases. Your dermatologist will be happy to answer all of your questions.
How do I avoid scarring from acne?
Early treatment is the best way to avoid scarring. Sever acne will require an extended time for treatments to work. Early treatment is essential in preventing acne scarring. It is also essential to maintain your dermatologist-recommended skin care regimen during, and after acne treatment is completed. With recent advancements in technology, we have lasers as well as gold standard skin care products to diminish acne scars that would otherwise be permanent.
Will a Facial or Chemical Peel help my acne?
In some cases we may recommend a facial or chemical peel to augment acne treatmen. Facials or Chemical Peels are recommended on a case by case basis. Make sure to talk to your dermatologist before scheduling a Facial or Chemical Peel. Our doctor will help you to plan a successful acne treatment protocol.
How often will I need visit the dermatologist for treatment?
Treatment follow up appointments will vary, person to person. Your follow up visits will be necessary to ensure that treatment is on track, and to make any necessary adjustments.
What kind of treatments are available for acne?
Our dermatologists offer oral treatments, topical treatments or combination of both. The dermatologist may suggest an acne treatment such as a facial or chemical peel with our licensed aesthetician, or a laser procedure.