Acne Treatment Options
Have you given up on finding an effective treatment for your acne? Although drugstore medications may be helpful for mild cases, the products don't always have the same effect on stubborn or severe acne. Our Yardley, PA, dermatologists, Drs. Howard Rosenman and Linda Leventhal of Rosenman and Leventhal, discuss several dermatological treatments that may help clear your skin.
Prescription topical medications
Topical retinoid medications have helped many people overcome acne. Prescription medications, such as tretinoin, adapalene and tazarotene, clear out clogged pores and help skin cells turnover quickly, which reduces acne lesions. In some cases, prescription topical medications are used with antibiotics to kill the p. acnes bacteria on your skin.
If your acne persists, you may benefit from taking an oral antibiotic for a few months. Oral antibiotics are usually used for moderate to severe acne that doesn't respond to topical medications alone. While you take the oral antibiotics, you'll still use your retinoid medication in most cases.
Isotretinoin, an oral medication, is used to treat severe cystic acne that doesn't improve with other treatment methods. Because this medication is particularly strong, you'll visit our Yardley office regularly while you take it to ensure that you don't develop serious side effects. If you're female, you'll need to use a reliable method of birth control and take pregnancy tests before and during isotretinoin use.
Light therapy helps decrease pimples and reduces redness. It works by targeting the p. acnes bacteria that forms in your oil glands.
Chemical peels and microdermabrasion
Both treatments remove the top layers of skin that contain acne lesions. The chemicals in the peel gradually cause skin to flake away. Results are more immediate with microdermabrasion. The treatment uses small crystals to gently sand away skin layers. In addition to removing lesions, the treatments also prevent clogging of pores and encourage rapid skin cell turnover.
Acne treatments can help you feel better about your appearance. Call our Yardley, PA, dermatologists, Drs. Rosenman and Leventhal of Rosenman and Leventhal, at (215) 321-3500 to make an appointment.