Find out when to turn to a dermatologist to get your acne under control.
Acne is the most common skin disorder to affect people of all ages. While we often associate acne with our infamous teen years, the truth of the matter is that anyone can develop acne at any point during their lifetime. As such, it’s important to understand how to treat your acne and when you may need to turn to our Nashville, TN, dermatologist, Dr. Ellen Jacobson, for more aggressive treatments.
How to Treat Acne
Most people will want to try treating their acne on their own before turning to a dermatologist. If your symptoms are mild, then over-the-counter treatments may be all you need to reduce breakouts. Common at-home treatments include,
- Trying over-the-counter acne products such as a cleanser or topical gel
- Giving any new product at least six weeks to take full effect
- Being gentle with your skin and do not scrub, which will exacerbate your skin
- Staying hydrated and drink enough water each day
- Reducing stress levels
- Getting regular exercise
- Not picking at your skin or popping pimples
When to See a Dermatologist
If you are following all the tips and tricks above and still not finding acne relief, then it’s time to schedule an appointment with our Nashville, TN, skin doctor. It’s also time to see a dermatologist if your acne is severe, producing deep painful nodules, or is interfering with your self-esteem.
What a Dermatologist Can Do
In order to create the most effective treatment plan possible, we will first determine the cause of your acne during an initial consultation. We will then talk to you about the different products you should be using to control your acne. Common treatment options include:
- Topical acne treatments: These products may contain a higher concentration of active acne-fighting ingredients such as salicylic acid, retinoids, or benzoyl peroxide.
- Systemic treatments: This includes oral medications such as antibiotics, birth control pills, and isotretinoin (for severe, cystic acne), which are able to target acne inflammation and bacteria.
- Chemical peels: A chemical peel is a great way to treat blackheads and papules (red bumps on the skin)
- Laser therapy: This treatment is great for targeting and killing the acne-causing bacteria that sits on the surface of the skin.
- Extractions: Sometimes a dermatologist may be able to drain a large cyst to prevent the acne from causing scars. If the cyst is severe, we may need to inject it with medication to treat it.
If you aren’t sure of the best approach to treating your acne symptoms, then it’s time to turn to the experts at SkinMD in Nashville, TN. Call our office today at (615) 279-5656 to schedule an appointment with us.