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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.
Acne can strike whether you're a child, teenager or adult. No matter your age, it's stressful to worry about your appearance every day as you wonder if healing your acne is possible. If you're longing for the confidence that clear skin could give you, you're not alone--and you do have options that can help you be satisfied with your complexion once again. Learn of these options from your Yardley, PA dentists.
Types of Acne
Depending on the form of acne you have, it can be anything from a mild annoyance to a severely disfiguring condition. Below are the three basic types of acne in order of severity.
Comedonal acne: A mild type of acne characterized by blackheads and whiteheads, which are made up of old skin cells and sebum that block the pores.
Inflammatory acne: A slightly more severe form of acne, occurring when the skin beneath the blockage becomes red and inflamed.
Cystic acne: This is the most severe type of acne, and it can be both painful and embarrassing. It develops as a result of infection around your breakouts and often leaves behind permanent scars.
Treating Your Acne
Acne doesn't have an instant cure. Rather, your treatment is an ongoing process of committing to your skin health and finding the right combination of treatments for you. Common treatments include:
Topical treatments: Creams, cleansers and medications can help keep your pores open and your skin clear. Benzoyl peroxide is a common cleanser that reduces oil and bacteria on the skin. Another mainstay of topical acne treatments are retinoids, medications that reduce swelling and affect the growth of skin cells.
Oral treatments: To help your body fight skin infections, antibiotics such as erythromycin or tetracycline are often prescribed. Hormonal medications can also help resolve some cases of acne.
Extraction: Blackheads can be manually extracted using a small metal tool to push the blockage out of the pores.
Laser treatment: Lasers can help shrink the sebaceous (oil) glands in your skin, reducing the amount of sebum your skin produces. It can also help reduce the severity of inflammatory or cystic acne and smooth over the appearance of some scars.
Acne Treatment in Yardley
If acne has been causing your self-esteem to suffer, make it a priority to give yourself the glowing complexion you deserve. Call (215) 321-3500 today to schedule your appointment with an experienced dermatologist at Rosenman & Leventhal in Yardley, PA.
Acne is the most common dermatological condition and is often frustrating and disheartening for those suffering from it. While 80% of American adolescents are familiar with the effects of acne, not everyone is familiar in how to treat or prevent it. Thankfully, your Yardley, PA dermatologists can help you beat acne for good.
How do pimples form?
Acne occurs when a pore on the skin becomes blocked. Our skin produces an oil called sebum that keeps the skin from drying out. When the skin produces too much of this oil, dead skin cells remain inside of the pore instead of rising to the surface. When p. acnes, a bacteria that lives on our skin, also gets trapped inside of the blocked pore and multiplies, the pore becomes inflamed, and a pimple forms.
Are there different kinds of acne?
Acne usually occurs in one of three forms:
- Blackheads and whiteheads: If the blocked pore remains open, it appears black, and is known as a blackhead. If the pore closes, a white bump forms on top, creating a white appearance, known as a whitehead.
- Papules and pustules: Sometimes, the pore’s walls break due to irritation. This creates papules, hard bumps, or pustules, pus-filled pimples.
- Nodules and cysts: These kinds of pimples form when the irritation becomes so great that the pore becomes bigger, pushing further down into the skin and becoming painful. Nodules are hard, while cysts fill with pus and feel softer than nodules.
How can I avoid acne?
Sometimes, just washing your face is not effective enough to prevent acne. Using acne-preventing makeups, keeping your face clean, changing your pillowcase once a week and simply not touching your face can help prevent pimples from forming.
How is acne treated?
Mild acne is often treatable with over-the-counter acne washes that contain benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid. These treatments, however, do not clear acne overnight. With correct and committed applications, usually in the morning and at night, results should be seen in about 6 weeks.
In more severe cases, your dermatologists might prescribe antibiotics to help bring down inflammation in the pores from the inside out. For women, birth control is sometimes prescribed to regulate acne-causing hormones in the body. Stronger acne creams or washes can also be prescribed. In-office treatments may be needed to treat more stubborn acne. Light therapy can reduce the amount of p. acnes on the skin. Extraction, or removal of the buildup inside the pore by your doctor, may also be needed in some cases.
If you are struggling with acne and would like to beat it once and for all, Rosenman & Leventhal, PC in Yardley, PA can help. Call (215) 321-3500 to schedule an appointment today.