By the time a patient with acne walks through the doors at SkinMD, they have tried and been disappointed with the efficacy of the handful of over the counter lotions, potions and scrubs they tried. Thankfully, today’s acne treatment options are such that we can create a customized regimen to assist our patients to achieve the clearer, blemish-free skin they desire. Treatment options include topical and oral medications, as well as laser and light-based treatments.
Which treatment is best?
It really depends on the nature and severity of acne in the individual patient. We also consider how long they have had acne, what type of acne the patient has and if there is a hormonal influence, what they have tried in the past, and what their response has been.
In general, the most effective acne treatments, should include a combination of medications that target the 4 factors that contribute to acne breakouts. These are:
1. sebum production
2. plugging of the follicles
3. P. acnes bacteria
There is NO cookie cutter acne treatment regimen. In putting together an effective acne treatment regimen, it is important for our patient to understand that their improvement will not be instant. Usually a regimen is designed to fit each patient’s lifestyle, and will need to be use continuously for 2 to 4 months. Patient education is key. We encourage patients to return to the office for interval visits to check their progress, we reinforce optimal skin care, daily use of sunscreen, and make recommendations for concealers & make-up.
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