People who have acne no longer have to put up with its aesthetic hindrance and attendant embarrassment. Though this condition isn’t curable, there are now many acne treatments that can control and greatly reduce the look of it. Here are some of them:
Though effective acne treatments can be bought over-the-counter, a patient may need to turn to our dermatologist if their stubborn acne won’t respond to the treatments they can buy by themselves. The dermatologist might prescribe topical retinoids.
There are several types of retinoids, and they are derived from vitamin A. Retinoids work for acne and other skin conditions because they exfoliate the skin. This means they prompt the body to get rid of dry, dead skin cells found on the very top of the epidermis. These skin cells can clog pores and put a person at risk for acne. Retinoids not only remove them but stimulate the body to replace them with fresh skin cells. They also stimulate the body to produce collagen, which keeps skin taut and elastic. This helps reduce the look of acne lesions.
Severe acne can present as cysts, which can be disfiguring. If the cysts are not widespread, dermatologists sometimes treat them with steroid injections. The injections cause the lesions to dry out more quickly than they otherwise would.
Some patients with acne benefit from chemical peels. Like retinoids, chemical peels exfoliate the skin, and deeper peels can even affect the middle layer of skin called the dermis. The dermatologist applies fruit acids and other chemicals to the patient’s acne, leaves it on for a few minutes then rinses and neutralizes it.
Call Us for More Information on Acne Treatments
If you would like to learn more about the benefits of acne treatments, we warmly encourage you to reach out and make an appointment with Pinnacle Dermatology. At our convenient location in Birmingham, MI, our caring and experienced team of professionals will be pleased to explain your options in full and answer any questions you may have. Contact us today to set up your consultation – we look forward to speaking with you!