Acne is one of the most common skin conditions in the U.S., affecting nearly 60 million people each year. While many cases are mild and can be controlled with medication and a consistent at-home cleansing routine, many individuals have it so severely that scarring could occur. Acne generally is a mix of pimples, whiteheads, blackheads, small cysts, and other red, itchy, and inflamed areas on the skin. Caused by a mix of bacteria, clogged pores, and dead skin cells, it is most commonly seen in teenagers but can affect adults well into their 40s. Acne most frequently appears on the face, chest, and back. To return the skin to a healthy, glowing appearance, board-certified dermatologist Dr. Eric Wilkerson can offer numerous treatment alternatives, ranging from custom at-home cleansing regimens to medications and laser treatments. Call Fort Lauderdale Dermatology in Fort Lauderdale, FL to learn more.
A flare-up of acne can occur for a number of different reasons, including hormonal fluctuations associated with puberty, pregnancy, and menopause. Also, certain medications and drugs (such as the birth control pill) can cause acne, as well as stress and a poor diet. Once the specific cause of acne is diagnosed, a proper treatment plan can be established.
Acne symptoms may vary in conjunction with the sort of acne you have and its severity. Blemishes are a common, obvious symptom of acne and present themselves in many distinct forms, such as blackheads, whiteheads, cysts, pustules, papules, and nodules. Each kind of blemish ranges from mild to severe and will need to be treated accordingly. Studies have shown that acne can also create emotional symptoms, like low self-esteem and depression. Other symptoms associated with acne are dark spots on the skin and permanent scars.
Research suggests that over-the-counter medications don't treat acne effectively. Fort Lauderdale Dermatology offers numerous treatment solutions to control and manage acne and clear its symptoms. For milder cases of acne, prescription medications, such as topical solutions and creams that contain retinoids, salicylic acid, sulfur, and benzoyl peroxide may help. There are also oral antibiotics, such as tetracycline, minocycline, or doxycycline that are effective to use. Besides topical and oral prescriptions, laser treatments have also proven effective. Not only can a laser treatment help deep clean and attack dead skin cells under the dermal layer, but it can also help reduce redness and other pigmentation issues connected with acne. Chemical peels and extractions may also help, depending on the kind of acne you are experiencing.
Clear Your Complexion
If you are fed up with covering your acne with makeup or enduring the physical pain, embarrassment, and emotional affliction that could develop from this condition, we encourage you to call Fort Lauderdale Dermatology to schedule an appointment today at our office in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Seasoned dermatologist Dr. Eric Wilkerson will perform a thorough skin analysis and create a tailored treatment plan to help clear up your complexion as soon as possible.