You Don’t Have to Live with Acne -- Here’s How to Get Rid of It

Between 40 million and 50 million Americans have acne, and as many as 85% of people between 12 and 24 years old have at least minor acne. If you’re one of them, you know exactly how uncomfortable and annoying acne can be. It’s likely no surprise that research indicates that acne has a negative impact on your quality of life

Since acne is so common, you may feel like you just have to learn to live with it, but nothing could be further from the truth. At David Stoll, MD, Dr. Stoll offers effective treatment for both acne and acne scarring. 

The cause of acne

Your skin is covered in tiny hair follicles. Those follicles usually have sebaceous glands attached, and those glands produce sebum. Sebum is necessary for healthy skin, but sometimes your body makes too much of it. 

When you have too much sebum, the dead cells, dirt, and other substances your body normally sheds get caught in the sebum, and the result is a clogged follicle. The clog allows bacteria to flourish, and that in turn creates an infection — which develops as a pimple.

Medications

Most commonly, medication is the first step in treating acne. Each pimple represents a small infection or inflammation, and antibiotics can help rid you of the excess bacteria.

Another medication that Dr. Stoll may suggest is a retinoid. Retinoids are topical treatments — they’re applied to your skin, rather than being swallowed or injected — and they help prevent your follicles from getting clogged. 

You may also benefit from a combination of a retinoid and a medicine called dapsone. Dapsone reduces inflammation and is an antibacterial. 

Peels and abrasion

Two other approaches are chemical peels and dermabrasion. These methods are similar in that they both remove a layer of skin, allowing new skin cells to emerge and lessening the appearance of scars. 

It’s very important to get chemical peels or dermabrasion under the guidance of a skilled physician such as Dr. Stoll. Home treatments or even those in a spa could damage your skin. 

Laser or light therapy 

Two other treatments that are often very effective in treating acne make use of energy. Laser therapy uses the energy of light to resurface your skin, often more gently than a chemical peel or dermabrasion. 

Phototherapy, or light therapy, uses pulsed light to stimulate your body to produce new skin cells. Both laser therapy and light therapy leave you with brighter, healthier skin in addition to lessening your acne. 

Injections

Dr. Stoll may suggest you consider injections to help solve your acne problem. The injections aim to ease inflammation or reduce the appearance of scarring. 

It’s important that your treatment approach is carefully matched to your specific situation. Not all acne is the same, and your skin is unique. Dr. Stoll evaluates you and makes treatment suggestions based on your individual circumstances. 

If you’d like to learn more about acne treatments that really do work, schedule an appointment at Stoll Dermatology, MD. Dr. Stoll is happy to answer your questions and suggest treatments that are most likely to work for you.

Book your visit easily and quickly online, or call 424-307-0995, Monday through Friday, between 9am and 5pm. You can also send a message to Dr. Stoll and the team here on their website.

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