Explore the best treatment options for acne, from skincare to medication. Find the solution for clear, healthy skin.
Acne (or acne vulgaris), is a common skin disorder characterized by the development of acne lesions. This skin condition affects up to 50 million people annually in the United States. An increase in sebaceous gland activity all through puberty is a common cause, but acne can arise at any age. It is not dangerous in and of itself, but it can leave scars if it comes into contact with your skin. The good news is that the medications and treatments outlined below can reverse the effects of the scan when administered by the most qualified specialist at Integrated Dermatology of 19th Street.
Antibiotics for Oral Use
Mild-to-severe acne that responds well to oral antibiotics is possible. Patients who prefer oral medication should consider tetracycline antibiotics like doxycycline and minocycline. Tetracyclines can be used to treat acne because they are effective as both an antibiotic and an anti-inflammatory. Some of the possible side effects include heightened sensitivity to light, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and even a change in skin tone. Tetracyclines are not appropriate for use by pregnant women or children younger than eight years of age.
Acne patients with sensitivity to tetracyclines may find relief from their condition by using antibiotics such as erythromycin or azithromycin. Some of the possible side effects include feeling sick to your stomach, throwing up, and feeling sick.
Subcutaneous retinoids are formulated from vitamin A. Numerous studies show that retinoids effectively clear acne by reducing oil production, drying out the skin, and opening up clogged pores. They work well to treat acne flare-ups and can be used to keep skin clear. Common topical retinoids include tretinoin, adapalene, and tazarotene. Use them every night before bedtime, after you’ve washed your face.
The antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and pore-unclogging properties of azelaic acid are numerous. You can use it alone or in combination with topical antibiotics. Inflammation, redness, and swelling of the skin are all symptoms.
When used topically, benzoyl peroxide kills the P. acnes bacteria responsible for clogging hair follicles and causing acne. Acne can be cleared up in as little as five days with the help of benzoyl peroxide, which works by eliminating the bacteria that cause it. Many different washes, foams, creams, and gels ranging from 2.5% to 10% benzoyl peroxide are available. Sometimes it is used in conjunction with other forms of treatment, either at the local or systemic level. Skin irritation, bleaching or staining of clothing, and allergic reactions are just a few examples of the spectrum of possible side effects.
Your specific health issue must be evaluated to determine the best course of treatment. Whiteheads and blackheads, the mildest form of acne, are typically easy to treat. Cystic and inflammatory acne, however, can be more problematic to treat. If you have cystic acne, your skin will develop a painful, red cyst or cysts. Get in touch with your physician or a dermatologist for assistance in identifying your specific form of acne. If you are experiencing any kind of acne complication, please contact Integrated Dermatology of 19th Street by either using the online scheduler or giving them a call.