In a perfect world everyone would have blemish-free skin, but for many, clear skin does not come naturally. Acne most often makes its first appearance during puberty, a time when hormones are changing. It can also, however, affect adults.
Frequently Asked Questions
Am I a candidate for acne treatments?
If you are bothered by skin blemishes, pimples, cysts, or nodules that do not respond to over-the-counter acne treatments, a dermatologist can provide a prescription or in-office treatments that will provide significant results in as little as a few weeks.
What should I expect when being treated for acne?
Your treatment will depend on the severity of your acne and what types of treatments you have already tried. You may be prescribed a topical acne treatment to either kill bacteria and minimize oil, or you could be prescribed oral medications. In-office treatments, such as blue or red-light therapy, may also prove beneficial.
Is there anything I can do to facilitate the treatment process and improve my outcome?
Yes, there are plenty of steps you can take to help minimize acne. Be sure to keep your skin clean by washing it daily and after working out. Avoid picking at your skin or blemishes, instead allowing them to heal naturally. Also, use gentle, alcohol-free products on your skin, being careful to avoid scrubbing.