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Acne can be frustrating, but our board-certified dermatologist, Ellen Jacobson, MD and her team are here to help.
There are many factors that can contribute to acne and so no two treatments may ever work the same for two people. We know that trying to tackle your acne symptoms on your own can be frustrating, so it’s important to know how Dermatologist Ellen Jacobson, MD in Nashville, TN can work with you to find the right acne treatment for clearer skin.
First and foremost, it’s important to know that any acne treatment takes time to be effective. Most acne treatment options and medications take 2-3 months to see the full effect. The way we treat your acne will depend on the cause.
Treatment options include:
- Topical or oral antibiotics, such as doxycycline (kills acne-causing bacteria)
- Topical Benzoyl Peroxide products and washes (kills acne-causing bacteria and dries out oily skin)
- Topical retinoids, such as Retin-A (helps unclog pores/decreases black and whiteheads)
- Oral Isotretinoin, such as Accutane (used for severe cystic acne or resistant inflammatory acne)
- Laser therapy (kills acne-causing bacteria)
- Chemical peels
- Light therapy
- Medical -grade skincare products
Of course, there are also habits you can adopt every day to reduce acne breakouts while also handling acne when it appears. These habits include:
- A good daily skin care regimen
- Moisturizing daily
- Wearing SPF during the day
- Staying hydrated
- Getting good, quality sleep
- Changing your pillowcase weekly
- Eating a healthy balanced diet
Here at SkinMD in Nashville, TN we believe that everyone should feel confident in their skin. If acne is affecting your appearance and your self-esteem, then it might be time to give us a call. We would love to sit down with you and map out an effective treatment plan to get you one step closer to clearer skin!
Acne is one of the most common and yet one of the most challenging skin problems people face. We know how frustrating it can be to try one over-the-counter acne product after another, thinking you are giving your skin everything it needs to combat acne and then suddenly the acne returns. What’s going on? If you find yourself struggling to find the perfect formula and treatment options for getting clearer skin a dermatologist will be able to help.
From children to teens to adults, anyone can develop acne. Of course, when we think about acne we do often think about those adolescent years; however, dermatologists also see a lot of adults that are still dealing with different forms of acne. When you come in for a skincare consultation a skin doctor will perform a thorough physical exam. From there we may ask you a series of questions regarding your skin care regime, lifestyle and habits, as this will provide some insight into what could be triggering your acne symptoms.
After your consultation is complete we will create a customized treatment plan that will cater to addressing the source of your acne symptoms; fortunately, today there are so many different treatment options out there. A dermatologist will most often recommend different strategies for handling your acne. These options may include,
Treatments that you place directly on your skin
Many of your acne treatments can be applied right on your skin to reduce both acne-causing bacteria and oil. Popular topical acne medications often contain salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide or retinoids. Your dermatologist will determine the topical treatment that will work best for your skin.
Treatment that is systemic and works throughout the body
Sometimes it’s necessary to systemically treat acne, particularly if it’s causing serious redness or swelling. By taking pills such as antibiotics, birth control pills or isotretinoin (the best course of action for severe acne), we can reduce both of these symptoms while also preventing acne breakouts.
Different dermatological treatments that can reduce or even get rid of acne
There are also some in-office treatment options available from your skin doctor that can help eliminate acne-causing bacteria and even get rid of blackheads and whiteheads. These common procedures include:
Laser or light therapy
Dermabrasion (to reduce the appearance of superficial acne scars)
Know that you aren’t alone when it comes to treating acne and a dermatologist can help you get your skin clearer. It’s important to be patient when it comes to acne treatment, as it can take several weeks to see results. Talk to a dermatologist today about how they can help you.
Acne is by far the most common skin complaint among teenagers, affecting nearly all of those between the ages of 12 and 17 at least occasionally, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. In most cases, hormones released during puberty are responsible for the appearance of blemishes during the teen years. These hormones stimulate the skin's sebaceous (oil) glands, producing oily skin that is more prone to breakouts. Because teens are extremely conscious of their image and appearance, an acne outbreak can be emotionally devastating.
While hormonal changes during puberty cause many types of acne to be unavoidable, with a diligent skincare regimen, many teens can help control breakouts from becoming severe, minimize the appearance of blemishes and prevent scarring.
- Keep skin clean. Teens produce more oil, so it's important to wash your face every day with warm water and a mild cleanser to remove excess surface oils and dead skin cells. Always remove makeup before going to bed to avoid clogging pores.
- Avoid over washing. Harsh scrubbing can lead to dry, irritated skin, which can actually increase inflammation and trigger glands to produce more oil.
- Don't pick. Squeezing and picking at acne can make breakouts worse. Picking at blemishes can also lead to greater inflammation and infection, increasing the risk for scarring.
- Keep hands off. Avoid touching your face throughout the day, as your hands carry bacteria.
- Use oil-free products. Avoid oil-based makeup. Instead, look for products that are noncomedogenic or non-acnegenic.
- Shower after sports or physical activities. Sweat and oil can settle on the skin's surface, trapping dirt and bacteria in the pores.
- Visit your dermatologist. Most cases of mild acne can be controlled and improved with a good skincare routine at home. If your skin problems persist, visit your dermatologist for professional treatment.
Being a teenager is tough enough without having to worry about breakouts. The good news is that effective treatments are available for acne - and the earlier treatment is started, the lower a teen's risk of lasting physical and emotional damage. When home care is not helping, talk to a dermatologist about treatment options. Your dermatologist can help tailor a treatment plan that is best for a teen's unique skin type and needs.