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Acne

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Acne Quiz
  1. None of the over-the-counter products and/or remedies I’ve tried has worked.
  2. Some over-the-counter products seem to work at first then my acne returns and will not stay clear.
  3. I have tried some prescriptions medications, but they seemed too irritating.
  4. I have tried taking antibiotics but not with a daily morning and night acne topical regimen.
  5. My acne gets worse around my menstrual cycle every month.
  6. I have painful, pus-filled lesions in addition to blackheads and whiteheads, and reddened spots on my skin.
  7. I am beginning to see scars after acne lesions clear.
  8. I have dark skin, and a patch that is darker than my skin appears when an acne lesion clears.
  9. My acne makes me shy, and I am embarrassed by my acne.
  10. My acne involves the chest and/or the back.

If you said “yes” to any of the above statements, it is time to schedule an appointment today for an evaluation. Virtually every case of acne can be successfully resolved. Not only can we help resolve your existing acne, we can also help prevent new lesions from forming and reduce your chance of developing disfiguring scars.

Acne is a common skin disease that affects teens and adults. We know that this can be a frustrating problem and is often difficult to treat. That is why at Hopkins Dermatology we are committed to offering our patients the latest and most complete treatment plans. The first step to controlling acne is to maintain a daily skin care regimen. Over-the-counter and mail order products that are readily available and heavily advertised can be misleading and may not be right for you. These products are not prescription strength and nothing works “overnight.”

At Hopkins Dermatology, we will individualize your treatment plan according to your type of acne and your skin type. We provide carefully selected prescriptions and will often incorporate our medical strength skin care products to find a well balanced skin care regimen for you.

Oral medications may also be prescribed including antibiotics and for severe acne, Accutane is used. For females with hormonal acne, Yaz or Spironolactone are prescribed to control breakouts.

Acne Treatments

We also can incorporate our in-office treatments to further customize your regimen. These treatments can include a series of mild chemical peels or for patients who want minimal down time, our Skin Care Treatments that include microdermabrasion with a acne facial treatment with soothing botanicals for acne. We can also incorporate a session under our BLU-U light. The BLU-U light uses a blue wavelength of light to kill bacteria and reduce inflammation.

For patients with more severe acne or scarring, we also offer a treatment with a topical medication called Levulan that is applied to the skin and absorbed by the oil producing glands and bacteria. Once this medication is absorbed, we activate it with our pulse dye laser that uses light to penetrate the skin, activating Levulan to reduce oil production, inflammation and bacteria. The laser also helps with post break-out redness and reduces acne scars by stimulating the body’s own collagen production.

Oral medications may also be prescribed including antibiotics and for severe acne, Accutane is used. For females with hormonal acne, Yaz or Spironolactone are prescribed to control breakouts.

Once you begin your treatment plan it is very important to use the skin care products daily and to keep your follow-up appointments to achieve optimal results.
If you are currently experiencing acne breakouts don’t be discouraged. Call our office to make your initial evaluation or a follow-up appointment today.