How Can Your Dermatologist Treat Your Acne?Sep 15, 2020
Acne is common, yet it’s one of the most challenging skin problems people face. You try one over-the-counter acne product after another thinking you are giving your skin everything it needs to fight acne, only to have the zits return.
What’s going on? If you find yourself struggling to find the perfect formula and treatment options for getting clearer skin, a dermatologist will be able to help.
When you go for a skincare consultation, a skin doctor will perform a thorough physical exam. From there they may ask you a series of questions regarding your skincare regime, lifestyle and habits to get some insight into what could be triggering your acne symptoms.
After your consultation is complete, the dermatologist will create a customized treatment plan that will cater to addressing the source of your acne symptoms. Fortunately, there are many different treatment options out there today. These options may include:
Acne treatments that go directly on your skin
Many acne treatments can be applied right on your skin to reduce both acne-causing bacteria and oil. Popular topical acne medications often contain salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide or retinoids. Your dermatologist will determine the topical treatment that will work best for your skin.
Systemic acne treatments that work throughout the body
Sometimes it’s necessary to systemically treat acne, especially if it’s causing serious redness or swelling. By taking pills such as antibiotics, birth control pills or isotretinoin (the best course of action for severe acne), you reduce both of these symptoms while also preventing acne breakouts.
Different dermatological treatments that can reduce or even get rid of acne
Some in-office treatment options are available that can help eliminate acne-causing bacteria and even get rid of blackheads and whiteheads. These common procedures include:
- Laser or light therapy
- Chemical peels
- Dermabrasion (to reduce the appearance of superficial acne scars)
Know that you aren’t alone when it comes to treating acne and a dermatologist can help you get clearer skin. It’s important to be patient when it comes to acne treatment because it can take several weeks to see results. Talk to a dermatologist today about how they can help you.
About Center for Dermatology in Lakeville, Minnesota
The dermatology professionals at the Center for Dermatology are pleased to welcome you to our practice. We provide medical, surgical and cosmetic dermatology services in Lakeville, MN. Life can be hectic, so are committed to making our practice convenient and accessible.
You can feel confident that when you choose the Center for Dermatology, you’re working with health care professionals who are qualified, experienced and caring. We invite you to schedule an appointment for your next skin check and we look forward to meeting you!