Acne treatment can often feel confusing. Find out about the different kinds of acne and how we handle them.
Acne is all the same, right? Actually, it’s not! It may cause the same red, inflamed bumps on your skin but not all acne is created equal. You have blackheads, whiteheads, pustules and even painful cystic acne. So while acne by any other name will still cause the same embarrassing symptoms, our Edina dermatologist Dr. Whitney Tope has treatment plans to target all acne differently.
The purpose of acne treatment it to help speed up the healing process of your current breakout and to prevent new pimples from forming. Treatments can also be used to reduce or even eliminate the potential for acne scarring. Drugs are often used to handle the main issues that play a role in the development of acne such as bacteria, inflammation and oil production.
Your acne treatment plan will be based off the severity of your condition. Sometimes over-the-counter medications and skincare products can be recommended to target your acne while other patients will require one or more prescription medications.
Treating Whiteheads, Blackheads and Mild Inflammatory Acne
Our Edina skin doctor may recommend a combination of OTC and prescription medications to target milder acne cases. Most topical medications contain one of these acne-fighting ingredients: salicylic acid, sulfur or benzoyl peroxide.
No acne treatment is designed to eliminate this skin problem over night. It will take some patience on your part to keep using the medication as directed. It can take up to two months to see noticeable results.
Treating More Serious Inflammatory Acne
If you are dealing with a more moderate-to-severe case there are other treatment options available to you including,
- Hormonal medication (e.g. birth control pills)
Treating Cystic Acne
For those few people who don’t find relief from their severe inflammatory acne with the above treatment options, as well as those with cystic acne, they may require a stronger medication. Sometimes an oral medication called Isotretinoin is the best course of action. This medication is designed to protect the skin from scarring. This treatment usually resolves acne in about 15 to 20 weeks.
If you are looking for quality dermatology treatment in Edina then look no further than Academic Dermatology. We are dedicated to improving the look and quality of your skin to make you feel confident in your appearance.