Someone recently asked a questions about one of the skin conditions that is plaguing MILLIONS of people in the world; from teens to men and women in their forties and fifties.
“Why isn’t there a way to get rid of acne immediately and permanently in this age of technological and biomedical advances?”
My response is, “Excellent question!” As a physician with expertise in skin care and surgery of the head and neck, and a woman who has personally been looking for acne solutions that work for me, I have often wondered about this question as well.
There seems to be more cases of acne than ever before. This may be due, in part, to stress, hormonal shifts and earlier onsets of puberty, hormonal activity among women in their 30’s and 40’s. There is also more public awareness that “it is not normal to suffer from acne and it can be treated”. Additionally, many are aware of acne related long-term consequences like scarring and pigmentation.
At SkinMD, we use a comprehensive approach for all our patients, with an emphasis on thorough assessment and patient education. Each new patient visit begins with an analysis of the patients diet, lifestyle, hormonal activity, hereditary predisposition, hair care product and cosmetic usage. We also evaluate the skin care products each patient is using to ensure that it is optimal for their skin type and the type of acne.
One of the key components of acne control is proper cleansing. The treatment course for the effective control of acne includes a combination of topical and oral medications, geared to target critical points in the acne cycle such as oil (sebum), bacteria, plugged pores, inflammation and hormones. Some of the treatment we use at SkinMD include the following:
gentle or medicated cleanser
Benzoyl Peroxide wash (min 5%)
Glycolic acid cleanser
Clarisonic MD Professional Brush
Retinols or Retinoids like Differin, Retinol Complex, Retin-A Micro
Cortisone shots directly into the pimple
Birth control pills
Diuretics like Spironolactone
Other treatment options available at SkinMD, involve the addition of laser and light treatments which successfully target the sebaceous glands. For acne scarring, we use the fractional resurfacing laser.
Additionally, customized treatments that we use in acne treatment regimens as standalone therapies or alternatives include clinical facials, microdermabrasion and peels.
To summarize, SkinMD believes that acne control requires a comprehensive, individualized approach that includes some of the treatments I mentioned in this article.
“an integrated approach to the practice of medically-directed skin care medicine”
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