Treating acne at home can be a very frustrating experience. Drugstore acne products may fail to clear your skin, leaving you to wonder if you'll just have to learn to live with acne. Fortunately, your Buffalo, NY, dermatologist, Dr. Anthony Dee, of the Dermatologic Center for Excellence, offers several effective acne treatments.
Medications that keep your pores clear
If over-the-counter topical medication hasn't helped your acne, you may benefit from a prescription for a stronger topical medication. Tretinoin, adapalene and tazarotene prevent your pores from being clogged by debris and natural skin oils by increasing skin cell turnover.
Your dermatologist may recommend combining prescription topical medication with oral or topic antibiotics if you continue to experience breakouts. Antibiotics kill the p. acnes bacteria on your skin, reducing pimples.
Oral contraceptives not only prevent pregnancy but can be helpful if you're a woman who has hormonal acne. The pills reduce the amount of sebum you produce. The natural oil keeps your skin moist and supple. Unfortunately, if you produce too much of it, it may clog your pores and cause acne.
Isotretinoin may be an option if you have severe cystic acne that hasn't improved after using other treatments.
Treatments that slough away the outer layers of skin
Microdermabrasion and chemical peels performed in our dermatology office help you improve your complexion by removing acne lesions and shallow scars in the outer layers of your skin. During microdermabrasion, a handheld device is used to gently exfoliate and suction skin cells. Chemical peels involve applying a solution to your face that causes the skin to peel a few days later.
Light therapy offers an innovative way to treat acne
Exposing your skin to blue and red light may also help treat your acne. Blue light shrinks your oil glands and kills p. acnes bacteria, while red light promotes healing, reduces redness and improves the appearance of acne scars.
Improve your skin with a visit to your dermatologist Dr. Dee of Dermatologic Center for Excellence in Clarence, NY and serving the Buffalo area. Call the office at (716) 636-3376 to schedule an appointment.