Acne Treatment for all Ages
Most people at some point in have had to seek acne treatment. Acne is the most common skin condition in the United States. Although it’s common, there is a lot of misinformation about acne, acne treatment and treating acne scars. Time to learn the correct information and when you should contact a Dermatologist.
Why treat acne?
Myths about acne are as common as the skin problem. One common myth is that you have to let acne run its course and then treat acne scars. Dermatologists know this is not always the best advice.
- Without treatment, dark spots and permanent scars can appear on the skin as acne clears
- Treating acne often boosts a person’s self-esteem
- Many effective treatments are available from skin clearing facials to skincare products
More women getting acne
Not just teens have acne. A growing number of women have acne in their 30s, 40s, 50s, and beyond. This happens for many reasons adn can be particularly frustrating.
Many people think that acne is just pimples. But a person who has acne can have any of these blemishes:
- Pustules (what many people call pimples)
Acne can appear on the back, chest, neck, shoulders, upper arms and buttocks.
How do dermatologists treat acne?
Today, there are many effective acne treatments. Different types of acne treatments work for different types of people. That is where advice from your Dermatologist comes in.
People who have mild acne have a few blemishes. They may have whiteheads, blackheads, papules, and/or pustules (aka pimples). Many people can treat mild acne with products that you can buy without a prescription. A product containing benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid often clears the skin.
Despite the claims, acne treatment does not work overnight. At-home treatment requires four to eight weeks to see improvement. Once acne clears, you must continue to treat the skin to prevent breakouts.
When to see a dermatologist
If you have a lot of acne, cysts, or nodules, a medicine that you can buy without a prescription may not work. If you want to see clearer skin, you should see a dermatologist. Dermatologists offer the following types of treatment:
Acne treatment that you apply to the skin: Most acne treatments are applied to the skin. Your dermatologist may call this topical treatment. There are many topical acne treatments. Some topicals help kill the bacteria. Others work on reducing the oil. The topical medicine may contain a retinoid, prescription-strength benzoyl peroxide, antibiotic, or even salicylic acid. Your dermatologist will determine what you need.
Acne treatment that works throughout the body: Medicine that works throughout the body may be necessary when you have red, swollen types of acne. This type of treatment is usually necessary to treat acne cysts and nodules. Your dermatologist may prescribe one or more of these:
- Antibiotics (helps to kill bacteria and reduce inflammation).
- Birth control pills and other medicine that works on hormones (can be helpful for women).
- Tretinoin – Available in our Revive Medical Spa, LLC in varying strengths with the advice of your Dermatologist
Procedures that treat acne: Your dermatologist may treat your acne with a procedure that can be performed during an office visit. These treatments include:
- Lasers and other light therapies: These devices reduce the P. acnes bacteria. Your dermatologist can determine whether this type of treatment can be helpful.
- Chemical peels: You cannot buy the chemical peels that dermatologists use. Dermatologists use chemical peels to treat two types of acne—blackheads and papules.
- Acne removal: Your dermatologist may perform a procedure called “drainage and extraction” to remove a large acne cyst. This procedure helps when the cyst does not respond to medicine. It also helps ease the pain and the chance that the cyst will leave a scar. If you absolutely have to get rid of a cyst quickly, your dermatologist may inject the cyst with medicine.
Waiting for acne to clear on its own can be frustrating. Without treatment, acne can cause permanent scars, low self-esteem, depression, and anxiety.
To avoid these possible outcomes, dermatologists recommend that people treat acne. When the skin clears, treatment should continue. Treatment prevents new breakouts. Your dermatologist can tell you when you no longer need to treat acne to prevent breakouts.
Treating skin after acne has cleared
Your skin may have dark spots and scars once the acne has been cleared. We recommend booking a Skincare Consultation with one of our Aestheticians to discuss your options to getting clear, glowing skin back. Some available treatments are: DiamondGlow Facial, Laser Treatments, and SkinPen to name a few.