Acne Treatment FAQ
At Laser Lipo and Vein Center, we know how acne can affect your self-confidence and overall well-being. Here are some acne treatment frequently asked questions to help you understand this common condition and available treatments.
What is acne?
Acne is a skin condition caused by excess oil production, usually from hormonal fluctuation. However, not all acne cases are the same, and each different case has a different treatment.
There are three different types of acne:
- Comedonal — Considered “mild” acne and its symptoms include blackheads and whiteheads
- Inflammatory — This appears under the blackheads or whiteheads as inflamed, red areas
- Cystic — The most severe form of acne and is considered a true infection of the skin. This type of acne is often painful and can cause scarring.
What are the different therapies and treatments?
The type of treatment will depend upon the type of acne you have.
Comedonal and mild/moderate inflammatory acne is usually treated using topical creams that work to unblock clogged pores. Some medications used as the best acne spot treatment include Differin and Retin-A.
Some cases will call for a prescribed topical retinoid along with an oral antibiotic to kill the bacteria that is causing the inflammation.
Cystic acne treatment requires more advanced methods. Cystic acne and more severe acne is treated using a powerful drug: isotretinoin. Additionally, laser and/or light treatments can reduce inflammation and kill acne-causing bacteria.
Are there treatments for acne scars?
Those who suffer from acne often experience pockmarks or scarring. There are several treatments and procedures that can reduce/eliminate these scars, such as:
- Creams — Topical creams can reduce the look of scars. These creams often contain cortisone, vitamin C or skin lighteners. These are usually available without a prescription.
- Fillers — When topical creams are not effective, dermal fillers can eliminate acne scarring. These fillers essential even out the skin indentations caused by acne scarring.
- Laser treatments — Laser treatments are perhaps the most effect methods to get rid of acne scarring, along with stimulating collagen production to produce overall healthier looking skin.
Other available acne treatments for both acne and acne scars include chemical peels and microdermabrasion.
Your doctor will examine your skin and determine which type of acne you are suffering from and advise you as to the best acne treatment for your individual case.
Are there any risks associated with acne treatments?
Depending upon the type of acne or scar treatment, there may be some associated risks. Your physician will go over these risks before your treatment.