What is acne and what is the cause of acne? While many people think of acne as a teenage rite of passage, it can be a distressing problem for men and women of any age. Acne has various causes, including hormones, bacteria, inflammation, and medications. It is important for people with acne to see a dermatologist in order to get the best treatment for acne. We typically start with topical creams for acne, including topical antibiotics and others. For more severe acne, we often recommend an oral antibiotic such as doxycycline or minocycline. Effective remedies for acne in women can include birth control pills or an oral medicine called spironolactone. Another option for those with severe acne, nodular acne, or cystic acne is Accutane®, an oral medication related to Vitamin A which can provide dramatic, long-lasting clearing of acne. There is help available if you are suffering from acne and it is possible to achieve acne free skin!
Other treatments for acne include chemical peels such as salicylic acid peels and microdermabrasion. These treatments help to exfoliate the skin, reduce bacteria, and unplug clogged pores. We also offer a cutting-edge treatment for acne called photodynamic therapy or PDT, which utilizes a topical medicine applied to the skin followed by treatment with a laser and blue light. PDT helps to shrink oil glands in the skin and kills the bacteria which cause acne.
Effective and timely treatment for acne can help prevent the development of acne scars. It is important not to pick at acne spots since this is a common cause of acne scars. We see many people with permanent acne scars and acne marks on their face who desire treatment. We are a leading skin care clinic in Lone Tree that serves the surrounding communities of Highlands Ranch, Castle Rock, Parker, Centennial, and Littleton, Colorado. Acne scar treatments that we provide include laser resurfacing, chemical peels, microneedling, and other effective treatments.