Plano dermatologist explains various treatment options including light therapy for acne
Millions of teenagers and adults suffer from acne. It can be embarrassing and leave the face scarred. Acne can be found anywhere on the body, but most commonly on the face, back, neck, arms, chest, and shoulders. It is one of the most common skin disorders affecting people in the United States.
Acne occurs when the hair follicles become clogged with dead skin and oils. This process produces bumps, referred to as comedones. When comedones remain closed, the result is whiteheads. When they are open and exposed to air, the result is blackheads. Blackheads are easy to distinguish because of their color. They are not typically painful or inflamed like pimples, but can be slightly raised.
Risk factors for blackheads:
- Hormonal changes: puberty, menstruation, birth control pills
- Certain medications: lithium, androgens, corticosteroids
- Overproduction of body oil
Treatments for Acne:
- Over-the-counter creams, gels, and pads. Many patients are able to eliminate blackheads through medications that are available at the drugstore. Look for ingredients such as benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, and resorcinol. All work to dry up oil, kill bacteria, and help shed dead skin cells.
- Prescription Medications. If you’ve tried over the counter methods with little success, you may need prescription medication that can help keep the hair follicles free from forming clogs. In addition, patients who have developed painful pimples may benefit from antibiotics.
- Photodynamic light therapy. Sometimes called blue light therapy, this treatment destroys acne-causing bacteria as well as reduces the size of oil glands. A chemical is first applied to the skin to enhance the efficacy of the treatment. Less oil and fewer bacteria can resolve acne in the affected areas.
- Chemical peels. We have gentle chemical peels that can be applied in the office in order to exfoliate the skin with acne fighting ingredients that work quickly and effectively.
If you are dealing with acne, there is hope. Call us today at 972-985-9003 to learn more about effective treatment methods, including light therapy.Back to Blog Page