Our skilled dermatologists at Metro Dermatology know that acne scarring can make you feel insecure and self-conscious. We also want you to know that we can help you win the battle against unwanted acne. Acne is the result of hormonal fluctuations and changes that over-stimulate oil production. But all cases are not created equal. Because of this, there are several treatments for blemishes depending on the severity.
Different Types of Acne
Comedonal – a mild condition that involves blackheads and whiteheads. Comedonal acne forms when old skin cells combine with a component of skin oil called sebum to block your skin’s pores. Generally, this variety is found on the nose, chin, and forehead.
Inflammatory – when the area just under a whitehead or blackhead becomes inflamed and reddened, this is called inflammatory acne and requires more care.
Cystic – cystic acne is the most severe form of the condition and develops due to an infection in the outbreak area. Cystic acne often runs in families, is typically very painful, and can produce permanent scarring.
The treatment required for your skin depends on the type of acne you have and other factors that trigger outbreaks. If your skin does not respond fairly quickly to traditional over-the-counter oral antibiotics and topical retinoids, there are several procedures that are only available through qualified dermatologists. These can include:
Isotretinoin – a prescribed retinol drug that decreases facial oil production.
Photodynamic therapy – a prescription liquid that is applied to the chest, back, face, and other problem areas before it is activated with a laser or light. Photodynamic therapy kills bacteria and reduces the size and activity of the oil glands.
Isolaz – a treatment that combines a broadband light with a vacuum. The vacuum extracts excess oils and cleanses pores while the light destroys bacteria and reduces oil gland activity.
Because there is one cause but many types of acne, it is important to see us early on before it has a chance to produce scarring that requires more extensive therapy. Give us a call or visit us at Metro Dermatology to schedule a consultation and exam with one of our skilled and caring dermatologists today! You can have the appearance you want quicker than you think. We are conveniently located in Elmhurst, NY.