Common Acne Treatment Options
Figure out how to combat acne problems once and for all and get clearer skin.
Acne is one of the most common skin disorders plaguing people all over the world. Even though all of us at some point or another will deal with a breakout, many deal with severe or persistent acne problems. Before acne starts to affect your self-confidence, turn to our Yardley, PA dermatologists Dr. Howard Rosenman, Dr. Linda Leventhal and Dr. Austin Liu for the advice you need to get your skin looking fresh.
Your dermatologists in Yardley, PA will sometimes prescribe acne medicines if you are dealing with severe or frequent outbreaks. There are a variety of different medications available to target different kinds of acne including whiteheads, blackheads and cystic acne. Acne medications are designed to improve your skin through different methods:
- Tretinoin (e.g. Retin-A) is used to clean out pores and prevent pores from becoming plugged
- Isotretinoin reduces oil production
- Antibiotics are used to kill the bacteria that causes acne
- Contraceptive pills can be a great option for women dealing with hormonal acne
You may find that a combination of medications is required in order to get the best results. Sometimes both oral and topical medications will be used in conjunction with one another to reduce the number of acne outbreaks you have.
Many mild cases of comedonal acne, which usually causes blackheads and whiteheads around the chin, nose and forehead, can be treated effectively with topical creams that help to unblock pores. Retinoids are often combined with oral antibiotics to also kill acne-causing bacteria. Since makeup or hair products can trigger comedonal acne, it can also be helpful to stop using these items to see if issues clear up.
If your acne is hormonal, teen girls and women may benefit greatly from taking contraceptive medications. Only certain oral contraceptives are FDA-approved to treat acne in women. By taking this medication, we can help stabilize hormone levels to reduce breakouts.
Acne can be a frustrating issue, but fortunately, your skin doctors in Yardley have expert knowledge on treating acne successfully. Turn to Rosenman & Leventhal, PC for all of your skincare needs.