Acne is the number one reason that people see a dermatologist. Acne occurs in most teenagers and may continue into adulthood. From whiteheads, blackheads or other lesions that are caused by clogged pores. Bacteria is often involved which ends up leading to redness, inflammation along with the formation of nodules or cysts, oftentimes leading to acne scars.
Acne is also the most common skin disorder that is treated by dermatologists. This chronic inflammatory disease of the skin affects about 85% of individuals in their lifetime. Many people assume that because they don’t see any acne or have noticed any significant problems with their skin that they don’t need to make the time to see a dermatologist. Honestly, an appointment with the dermatologist can be beneficial for anyone, whether you have concerns about your skin or not.
At times your dermatologist will prescribe a topical medication that is applied to the skin to treat mild acne. These medications contain antibiotics that destroy or inhibit the growth of bacteria or other agents that renew the skin more quickly and therefore reduce acne. Oral medications, including antibiotics, hormone therapy, and isotretinoin medications taken everyday for a period of time can be effective in treating acne by improving current acne breakouts and to help prevent recurrences.
Isotretinoin is often used for severe, scarring acne that is resistant to other medications. One treatment cycle typically takes 4 to 5 months to complete and about 75% of patients see clearing after completing treatment. While hormonal medications are reserved for treating women that suffer from hormonal acne flares, these include oral contraceptive pills, spironolactone, and hormone replacement therapy.
Laser and light therapy treatments are appropriate for people who are dissatisfied with acne medications and want alternative options. Both of these procedures use light to kill bacteria, reduce inflammation, and reduce clogged pores. These procedures can be used alone or in combination with prescription medications.
Many dermatologists also offer many facial and peel acne treatment options. The The SilkPeel™ Dermal- Infusion System is a water- based microdermabrasion that includes an infusion of serums that can be tailored to acne therapy to clear pores. Acne facials and acne chemical peels are very helpful for acne treatment.
Whether you suffer from acne or not it’s still a good idea to see a dermatologist yearly to get your skin checked to make sure it’s glowing and healthy. After all, our skin is the biggest organ on our bodies.