At Dermatology Associates in Fayetteville, we offer a wide variety of acne treatment options. Everyone’s skin is different, so what works for one person might not work for another. Some individuals respond best to topical medications, while others improve with antibiotics, steroids, or skin therapies. If you’ve exhausted all over-the-counter acne creams, visit Dermatology Associates for help. Here’s a closer look at four effective treatment methods we offer that might be able to help clear up your skin for good.
- Photodynamic Therapy
Photodynamic therapy (PDT) uses light treatments to help combat some types of moderate-to-severe cystic acne. The light treatments help shrink oil glands in the skin. Reduced oil glands can help prevent clogged pores from developing and minimize the occurrence of breakouts. This therapy is also known to kill acne-causing bacteria in the skin. PDT can also help improve overall skin tone and texture for some patients. Side effects may include some mild skin irritation at the treatment site after application.
Prescription Accutane (Isotretinoin) is a systemic acne treatment drug. This daily pill is most often used for patients with severe inflammatory acne. The drug helps shrink sebaceous glands to reduce the skin’s oil production. Similar to the effects of photodynamic therapy, this pill leads to a reduction in clogged pores and fewer breakouts. Patients typically begin with one course of treatment that may last anywhere from 16 to 20 weeks. However, further rounds of treatment may be necessary. Accutane can cause serious side effects, so it’s important to talk to your dermatologist about whether this option is right for you.
- Chemical Peels
Chemical peels are used to address a variety of skin conditions ranging from fine lines and wrinkles to acne. During a chemical peel, the dermatologist will apply a chemo-exfoliation solution to the affected skin, usually the face. The top layer of the skin will peel away, revealing a fresh, smooth layer underneath. This method is often most effective for mild and moderate cases of acne. At the same time, it also tends to work wonders for acne scars.
Some people with acne-prone skin and/or acne scars benefit from a treatment called microdermabrasion. Microdermabrasion describes the use of special tools to buff away the outer layer of skin before the application of protective creams and moisturizers. This treatment can help increase blood circulation, prevent buildup, reduce the size of pores, and remove blackheads, resulting in clearer, healthier skin. Typically, this treatment is not recommended for severe, active acne breakouts.
Say Goodbye to Your Acne
When you’re ready to say goodbye to acne for good, visit Dermatology Associates in CNY. Whether you suffer from acne yourself or your teen is eager to see clearer skin, we’ll help you discover a solution that works. In addition to these four treatment types, we may also recommend topical treatments, antibiotics, steroids, hormonal therapy, and lifestyle changes. Before recommending a treatment plan for a patient, we first diagnose the type of acne present. Then, we’ll factor in the individual’s skin type (oily, dry, combination, etc.), medical history, and any known allergies. As a result, we’ll be able to prescribe a treatment that’s most likely to suit your specific skin care needs.