The thing that makes acne more difficult to treat is that many different things can cause it, so there is no one-size-fits-all cure. Adolescent hormones and puberty are certainly common reasons people associate acne with the teen years, but the natural level of oil in your skin, your diet, sleep, laundry detergent, skin care products, menstrual cycle, and other lifestyle factors can cause or contribute to breakouts. If washing your face or using the occasional over-the-counter products aren’t making headway, contact our office for a doctor consultation to help diagnose the cause of your acne, and then plan a more effective treatment.
What is acne
Whatever the cause, from teenage hormones to adult acne, the result is the same: the sebaceous (oil) glands produce extra oil that clogs pores: tiny openings in our skin for hair. Depending on the size of the pore, you may see flat, dark blackheads or raised whiteheads, or even feel a large tender bump deep under the skin when the clogged pore becomes inflamed. Almost everyone has experienced a pimple in their lives, but if your acne is impacting your mental well-being or causing you to feel uncomfortable in public without heavy makeup or a hat, then it has too much control over your health and happiness. Call Greeley Dermatology to fight back and take the reins of your own social life with both in-office and at-home medical-strength treatments.
At-home and in-office treatment
When you schedule an appointment at our office, a licensed dermatologist will examine your skin and discuss your past and current skincare routines, diet, and lifestyle. This will help determine the main cause of your individual acne and understand why your routine isn’t clearing it up naturally. Together with you, we’ll create a treatment plan using at-home solutions like topical creams, ingested medication, or diet changes to address acne at every stage. That means working to prevent the excess oil that clogs the pores in the first place, encouraging skin cells in the affected areas (face, back, neck, or shoulders) to regenerate and slough away oils causing current breakouts, and slowly revealing fresh skin free of old acne scars.
To boost at-home treatments, some of our medical-grade in-office treatments deliver powerful results, like photodynamic light therapy, or PDT. PDT destroys skin cells to reduce pore size and stop overactive sebaceous glands, working effectively against all type of acne. Micro-needling is another popular way to encourage flushed pores and fresh skin, but don’t be put off by the name. The tiny needles that touch your skin aren’t painful like a shot, but they do stimulate collagen production that fills in scar depressions and discoloration.
To minimize the scars from past outbreaks, we may suggest CO2RE Fractional CO2 Resurfacing, intense pulsed light (IPL™) Photofacial, and Sublative Rejuvenation.
Contact us today to learn more about effective treatment.