Everyone wants blemish-free skin, but for many, clear skin does not come naturally. Acne usually makes its first appearance on the youthful skin of adolescents during puberty. This is a time when hormones are changing and the body is transforming to take on the appearance of an adult. Although acne is highly common during this time period, it can still be a source of embarrassment. To make matters worse, acne can follow teens into adulthood, plaguing them with unsightly pimples and blemishes during their 20s, 30s, 40s, and beyond. Untreated or undertreated acne can result in permanent scarring. Fortunately, there are acne treatments available to help people who struggle with acne – whether teenagers with pimples or adults with hormonal acne.
Frequently Asked Questions
Am I a candidate for acne treatments?
You may be a candidate for professional acne treatment if you are bothered by skin blemishes, pimples, cysts or nodules that do not respond to over-the-counter acne treatments. The first step is a consultation with one of our providers, who may recommend in-office treatments, cosmeceutical products and/or prescription medications that can yield significant results in as little as a few weeks.
What should I expect when being treated for acne?
Our providers will analyze your skin and ask questions about your acne, such as when it first appeared, flare patterns, current and past treatments. Your treatment regimen will depend on the severity of your acne. More than likely, you’ll be prescribed a topical acne treatment to either kill bacteria or minimize oil. However, you may also be given oral medications to help control acne. Office therapies, including acne surgery, may also prove beneficial.
Is there anything I can do to facilitate the treatment process and improve my outcome?
Yes, there are plenty of steps you can take to help minimize acne. Be sure to keep your skin clean by washing it twice daily and after working out. Avoid picking at your skin or blemishes, instead allowing them to heal naturally. A healthy diet can go a long way toward improvement, as can managing stress. Compliance with a treatment program is key. We work with you to tailor a program to fit your life.
What about acne scars?
Plastic Surgery Specialists offers a number of treatments for acne scarring, including microneedling and laser treatments. More information is provided under those topic headings. The first step is a complimentary consultation.