Today, virtually every case of acne area can be resolved. Typically acne is treated with the simplest topical and/or oral treatments which are deemed effective. Dr. Sikorski will assess your acne severity and recommend the appropriate and most quickly effective regimen.
What are effective treatments for medical acne?
Depending on the grade of medical acne you are dealing with, you’ll be given one of several programs to follow initially. Regardless of the severity of your acne, you want to unclog the pores and kill the p. acne bacteria which causes inflammation. The following is a brief list of the most common ingredients in over-the-counter and prescription acne products:
Salicylic Acid dissolves and removes the dead cells inside the hair follicles. This allows the pores to become unclogged and the sebum to pass through unimpeded.
- Benzoyl Peroxide is considered the most active ingredient in acne treatments. It is an anti-bacterial that helps remove the p. acne bacteria in the follicle. The lower concentrations can be obtained over-the-counter, while higher strengths require a prescription.
- Retinoids, such as Retin-A work by increasing skin cell turnover and promote the extrusion of the clogged follicle. They are very effective for unblocking the pores of oil glands.
- Facials and Peels are helpful treatments for removing pore blockage. The facial will help remove the surface layer of dead skin and wash away the bacteria.
- Blue light therapy, such as Blu-U or Omnilux, uses a special blue light that kills the p. acnes bacteria in your skin. It is a safe alternative if you are sensitive to antibiotics or the active ingredients in topical treatments.
What is Acne?
- Medically acne is a follicular eruption with plugged pores called comedones (“blackheads and whiteheads”), red papules, pustules and nodules, generally found on the face and upper body to include the shoulders, upper back and chest. The disease peaks at adolescence but can be seen in children as young as 8 and is not uncommon in adulthood.