Acne Treatment

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What is Acne?

Acne occurs when the pores are clogged with debris, whether from dead skin cells, excess oil, or surface impurities. When this happens, the skin becomes inflamed and red, causing pimples, blackheads, and whiteheads. Most people experience acne during their teenage years, but it goes away as they become adults. However, some people still experience acne as an adult, and it can be extremely frustrating.

There are many different acne treatments available, but it can be difficult to find the one(s) that work for your skin. Partnering with a board-certified dermatologist is one of the best ways to find relief and create a customized skin care plan that works for you.

What Are the Symptoms of Acne?

Acne is usually noticeable on the surface of the skin. Its characteristics can include:

  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Pain and discomfort
  • Papules and pustules
  • Texture

Some of the most common areas where you might experience acne are the face, chest, sides, and back. However, it can occur anywhere on the body.

What Are My Treatment Options?

Acne treatment can sometimes require a well-rounded approach, especially if it’s chronic or recurring. There are a number of professional-grade skincare treatments that can be beneficial for acne and acne scars, including chemical peels or microneedling. Used regularly, these can help reduce oil and clear debris to prevent breakouts and resurface clear skin after an acne breakout. Additionally, your dermatologist can help you optimize your at-home skincare by incorporating active ingredients like glycolic or salicylic acid to exfoliate the skin regularly.

Finally, your dermatologist can also prescribe topical and oral medications. Topical medications often include retinoids to help boost skin cell turnover and treat breakouts. Some people experience acne as a result of hormone fluctuations, and birth control can be an effective treatment for chronic, stubborn acne. Your dermatologist will discuss customized solutions for your treatment, depending on the type and specific cause of your acne.

- Lora J.

“My daughter is seeing Dylan, the PA, and he is awesome. He talks to her and lets her give answers about her skin which I appreciate. He also has been very conservative yet effective with his treatment. She is thrilled with how clear her skin has become. I plan to take any of my kids that are struggling with acne to see Dylan when the time comes."

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How Do I Take Care of My Skin With Acne?

One of the most common causes of acne is dry skin. This often causes an overreaction by your skin’s pores where they produce too much oil, resulting in congestion. It’s important to keep your skin moisturized regularly if you struggle with acne. Also, avoid harsh or stripping products which can worsen dryness. Consider switching to a gentle, unscented cleanser and moisturizer, and avoid products with alcohol. If your dermatologist prescribes medications, make sure to use them as instructed.

Acne can be incredibly difficult to live with. Your board-certified dermatologist can help you find the right treatment approach for you so you can feel more confident in your skin with a clearer, brighter look.

Schedule an Appointment

At Sunrise Dermatology, we’re here to help when it comes to feeling more confident in your skin. To meet with our experienced team and learn more about your acne treatment options, contact our Mesa office by calling or filling out our online form.

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