Acne is a prevalent disorder that is most common during adolescence, but it can affect individuals at all stages of life. Acne includes blackheads, whiteheads, pustules, and red papules. In more severe cases, acne can present as large, painful cysts and nodules. Acne may affect the face, neck, chest, back, and shoulders. Although the exact cause of acne is not totally understood, multiple factors contribute to acne, such as genetics and hormones. In addition, for certain people, acne can be worsened by diet, stress, and hormonal factors.
Adolescent acne tends to occur on the face, most often on the T-zone of the forehead, nose, and chin. In more severe cases, the entire face and back may also be affected. Adult-onset acne is typically is caused by hormones, and it tends to occur on the lower face, jaw-line, and neck.
Cystic acne is a severe form of acne where the lesions are inflamed pockets of pus deep under the skin. These lesions can leave scars, especially if you try to squeeze or pop them in any way. The swelling can be reduced and healing expedited with injections of anti-inflammatory medications in the office.
All forms of acne can affect an individuals’ self-esteem. Studies have shown that acne is associated with depression and decreased self-image. For this reason, swift and effective management of acne is crucial.
Treatments for Acne:
- Prescription topical and oral medications
- Chemical peels
- Sciton Broad Based Light (BBL)
- Isotretinoin (Accutane)
Accutane has been proven for over 30 years to be the only cure for acne. Your acne will improve while taking this medication and most patients will not need any further oral therapy after a course of Accutane. Patients taking Accutane are required to have an office visit every 30 days and answer several questions online to renew the next months prescription.
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The DLC Team will put together a carefully designed and personalized plan to control your acne quickly and permanently. Once your acne is under control, then treatments that address scarring can begin if needed. DLC offers several treatments that can reduce scarring and improve skin’s appearance.
Treatments for Acne Scarring:
Recommended Skin Care Products:
Your provider will determine what type of cleanser is best for your skin.
It is Acne medications can cause skin dryness so it is important to keep your skin hydrated. EltaMD AM or PM Therapy and Restore Facial Lotion are great light weight facial moisturizers often recommended for patients with acne.
Daily use of a sunscreen to the treated area is imperative for patients with acne. Certain medications can make your skin more susceptible to sunburn. EltaMD Clear SPF 46 is an Oil-free formulation that helps calm and protect sensitive skin types prone to discoloration and breakouts associated to acne and rosacea. It contains niacinamide (vitamin B3), hyaluronic acid and lactic acid, ingredients that promote the appearance of healthy-looking skin. Very lightweight and silky, and comes in a tinted and untinted formulas for use every day.
If direct sun exposure is unavoidable, wear a hat and clothing that covers the treated area. DLC carries Wallaroo sun protective hats and BloqUV sun protection clothing in our office.
All products may be purchased at DLC. Some products are available for purchase online. To see a complete list of the skin care products available at DLC or to order online click below.