Are you plagued by red, raised, pus-filled bumps on your face, neck, chest and arms? If you are between the ages of 12 and 24, you probably have acne. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, this common skin condition affects 40 to 50 million American adolescents and adults.
Dr. Whitney D. Tope, Edina dermatologist at Academic Dermatology, tells his patients that while there is no definitive cure for acne, excellent control is possible with careful, consistent treatment. While all acne treatments have some side effects such as dryness, skin peeling, and light sensitivity, Dr. Tope and his team see their acne patients have clearer, smoother skin over time, avoiding the scarring, embarrassment and self-image problems that acne frequently causes.
The Nature of Acne
Acne consists of 2 kinds of lesions: comedones and papules. Comedones, appearing primarily on the face and back, are the typical whiteheads and blackheads. While often widespread and unattractive, these lesions are not inflamed and do not scar the skin. Papules, on the other hand, do scar as they are very red due to inflammation and pus. All acne lesions originate in the sebaceous glands of the skin, small glands that become plugged with oil called sebum.
While clean skin and hair, plus a healthy, low-carbohydrate diet help avoid acne, these common sense routines may not control acne sufficiently. And, it is all about control. Acne takes consistent work and advice from an expert Edina dermatologist such as Dr. Tope to clear the skin as much as possible.
Depending on the kind and severity of this skin problem, Dr. Tope prescribes several treatments, either by themselves or or in combination. His patients see outstanding results within weeks.
Acne Treatments include:
- topical salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide, common commercial preparations available over the counter
- prescription antibiotics, such as sulfa drugs, erythromycin and azelaic acid, directly applied to the skin
- Tretinoin (Renova) cream containing Vitamin A to unblock clogged pores
- oral antibiotics for serious skin infections related to acne
- birth control pills for hormonally-based acne
Most dermatologists offer mechanical extraction of blackheads and whiteheads, as well as laser procedures. Laser treatment, using a low intensity, blue beam of focused light, kills the germs that contribute to acne pimples and inflammation.
Arrange a Consultation
Avoid the scarring, self-consciousness and discomfort of acne with a personal consultation with Dr. Tope and his friendly team at Academic Dermatology. This Edina dermatologist has the training, skill and compassion to get your acne under control. Enjoy clearer skin. Call Academic Dermatology today for an appointment: (952) 746-6090.