Acne is more than just a skin condition. It can have a profound impact on confidence and self-esteem. Beyond the breakouts is the embarrassment and lasting scars of a problematic skin condition.
A large portion of acne sufferers are adolescents. During this natural time of change, having acne can certainly make life more difficult.
Treating acne varies, depending on the severity of the condition. While occasional pimples are common among teens and effectively managed through over-the-counter methods, larger breakouts should be evaluated by an experienced dermatologist to prevent permanent scars.
Occasional outbreaks of pimples are considered mild cases of acne. In many people, over the counter medications and creams can manage the breakouts.
Tips for managing mild acne:
- Do not wash the face more than twice each day
- Avoid picking or popping pimples to minimize scarring
Changes in skin care regimens can greatly improve mild cases of acne. If the breakouts are not resolving with home treatment and improvements in skin care, seek professional evaluation.
Moderate or Severe Acne
Patients who suffer from chronic breakouts may have moderate to severe acne. In many cases, patients experience inflammation and fluid-filled papules. Treatment options may include: topical medications, oral medications, chemical peels, or microdermabrasion. In many situations, a combination of treatments is used.
Acne Scar Treatment
If patients have developed acne scars, we can consider treatment options after the major skin breakouts have cleared. Cosmetic services such as laser therapy, microdermabrasion, and chemical peels can improve the appearance of acne scarring.
Dealing with acne can be life-altering for many patients, but the good news is there are effective treatments out there. If you live in the Huntington, NY area and would like more information on acne and acne scar treatment, call the Dermatology & Cosmetic Laser Center today at (631) 417-3300.