About 50 million Americans suffer from acne, according to the American Academy of Dermatology Association. That’s a lot of people needing, and worrying, about any treatments suggested by an acne dermatologist. Here is what to expect from acne treatments, according to U.
S. Dermatology Partners.
Over-the-counter (OTC) treatments work great for people suffering from mild acne. Active ingredients to look for in helping to clear your skin include benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, or retinoids. They come in forms like face washes, creams, or serums. Products are now available for acne sufferers with sensitive skin.
Anything more than mild acne needs treatment from a medical professional like a dermatologist. Fortunately, many patients can now be treated through telehealth services, so an office visit may not be necessary. Appointments should be every three to six months until the skin clears up.
Creams and ointments are not enough for moderate to severe acne. Prescription medication is often needed. These include antibiotics, Isotretinoin, and in women, combined oral contraceptives or “the pill”, since a main cause of acne is a surge of hormones.
Along with topical and prescription medications, treatment could include steroid injections, chemical peels, and light therapy. Many people may need a combination of treatments in order to get clear skin.