Many people struggle with acne-prone skin and try numerous at-home treatments with no success. Often, the best approach for acne-prone skin is professional treatment from a dermatologist. These treatments are most effective because they address the specific cause of each individual’s acne, which can vary. Here are four of the best treatments for acne-prone skin.
Using Professional Quality Skincare Products
The best place to start with your acne treatment is to have your skin evaluated by a professional. Dr. Mejia can determine the best plan for you to treat your acne by understanding the root cause of the problem.
Acne can fall into several categories, with different daily routines and regular treatments that suit them. The main categories are:
- Whiteheads and blackheads, which are caused by dirt, oil, or dead skin cells clogging a hair follicle,
- Pustules and papules, which are whiteheads which have become inflamed and may or may not contain pus, and
- Cystic acne, which is the most severe form of acne and involves deep nodules that may or may not contain pus.
No matter the cause of your acne, however, there are some general tips you can follow day-to-day. You should wash your face twice a day, rinsing with lukewarm water and gently patting dry. Even if your skin is oily, you should always moisturize. Exfoliate about once a week, using a gentle method such as a Clarisonic brush.
It’s also most effective to use professional quality skincare products as part of your daily routine. Jupiter Dermatology offers the SkinMedica acne system, which includes a Purifying Foaming Wash, Purifying Toner, and Acne Treatment Lotion. The system includes salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide, which both help to fight acne. Dr. Mejia will advise which products should work best to clear up your acne.
Facials with Microdermabrasion
A facial with microdermabrasion is a great treatment for acne-prone skin, because it gently exfoliate the face. During treatment, tiny crystals are sprayed onto the surface of the skin with a small, wand-like tool. This gently removes any dead skin cells from the face, which can clog pores and cause acne. Facials can be performed once a month to help maintain results and reduce acne.
Our new OxyGeneo 3-in-1 Superfacial also has a Geneo Charcoal Facial that :
- Purifies the pores
- Balances oily skin
- Improves skin texture
- Smoothes skin
Chemical peels are a service during which a dermatologist will cleanse the skin and apply a chemical solution. The active ingredients in this solution will cause the upper layer of the skin to peel away.
For acne, a superficial peel is recommended. This is the gentlest form of chemical peel and can be repeated about every two months. After this kind of chemical peel service, the skin tends to be red and sensitive, but you will not have to worry about the swelling and extended recovery period associated with deeper peels intended for anti-aging purposes.
Some types of acne can be treated using antibiotics. Acne can be caused by bacteria at the surface of the skin, which antibiotics reduce. These treatments can be either topical or oral, and must be prescribed by a dermatologist.
Mild to moderate acne of the face, chest, or back can be treated with antibiotics such as tetracycline, minocycline, and doxycycline. Accutane is a specialized treatment that is reserved for more severe cases of acne for those who have had little success with other topical or oral treatments.
When it comes to your skin, it is absolutely best to start by consulting with a professional. Give us a call or fill out an online form today! We can’t wait to meet you!