Acne is one of the most common and emotionally problematic skin conditions, impacting young people and adults alike and leaving sufferers self-conscious about their appearance.
At Michigan’s Pinnacle Dermatology in Birmingham, we are experts at treating acne in patients of all ages. Whether you suffer from moderate acne or more severe acne that can leave unwanted scars, our team at Pinnacle Dermatology can help you achieve clear skin and restore your self-confidence and self-esteem.
To learn more about our acne treatments, or to schedule an appointment, contact Pinnacle Dermatology today.
To properly diagnose acne, our dermatologists will examine your skin to ensure you indeed have acne. Often, other skin conditions can appear similar to acne and may require different treatment. If you have acne, we can determine what type you have and how to best treat your acne based on its severity.
Generally, what is known as Grade 1 acne is a mild case of acne. The scale goes to Grade 4, which is considered severe acne.
At Pinnacle Dermatology, we offer a number of effective acne treatments. Our doctors will examine your skin, consult with you one-on-one and create a treatment plan that is customized to your medical needs.
Nearly every case of acne can be treated and brought under control. And while over-the-counter products often claim fast and effective acne treatment, that’s often not the case. If your acne is widespread, or if you have cysts or nodules, professional treatment from a dermatologist is likely needed.
There are various types of acne treatments that only dermatologists can provide.
Some treatments include:
- Topical treatment: There are various topical acne treatments that can effectively combat breakouts. These treatments help kill bacteria that causes acne. Other treatments can help reduce oily skin, another cause of acne. Topical medications may include retinoids, benzoyl peroxide and antibiotics.
- For swollen, red and painful acne, prescription medications are often required. These can include antibiotics to kill bacteria and decrease inflammation.
- For some women, birth control pills or hormone-related medicines can help reduce acne.
There are also various procedures that we can perform to treat your acne in our Birmingham office. These may include treatments for blackheads and papules. Chemical peels can be an effective treatment as well.
To remove acne, our doctors at Pinnacle can perform drainage and extraction procedures. These are typically done to remove large acne cysts. This procedure is often used when acne cysts do not respond to medicinal treatments. This technique can help relieve pain caused by acne cysts and decreases the risk of scarring.
It’s important to remember that there are no miracle cures for acne, and treatments take time to work. At Pinnacle Dermatology, our professional and understanding team know that waiting for your acne to clear up is often a frustrating experience. With proper care from Pinnacle Dermatology, your acne should no longer have a negative impact on your appearance and your life.
Acne can leave permanent physical scars, and cause emotional ones as well. Low self-esteem, anxiety and depression can all develop if acne is left untreated.
If your acne is causing you concern, and you want to take steps to clear acne once and for all, contact Pinnacle Dermatology today.