How To Treat Your Persistent Acne

How To Treat Your Persistent Acne

Is it time to turn to our dermatologist for acne treatment?

Acne is one of the many reasons people turn to our Staten Island, Linden, and Point Pleasant Beach, NY, dermatologist Dr. Patricia McCormack. If you’ve struggled to get acne under control, you may not have the right tools. That’s where we come in.

What Causes Acne?

There are several reasons why acne forms. Excess oil production, clogged hair follicles, bacteria and hormonal fluctuations can all result in breakouts. While acne can appear anywhere, it most commonly occurs on the face, chest, shoulders and back.

When Should I See a Dermatologist?

Sometimes teens and adults dealing with minor acne may see the results they want with simple over-the-counter acne products; however, if you aren’t seeing a reduction in the severity or the frequency of your acne symptoms with at-home care, then it’s time to turn to us. We will often need to prescribe stronger topical or oral medication to clear up more persistent acne.

Is There a Fast Way To Get Rid of Acne?

Unfortunately, there is no overnight miracle cream or remedy that will eliminate acne right away. Most treatments take weeks before you will see results; however, one of the fastest methods for treating acne is to visit our dermatologist, who can inject the pimple with a cortisone injection. This injection will reduce inflammation and eliminate the pimple within 48 hours.

How Will My Dermatologist Treat My Acne?

This will depend on the cause of your acne symptoms. For example, some women often deal with breakouts around their menstrual cycle. If your acne is hormonal, we may recommend oral contraceptives to help clear up skin. Other acne treatment options include,

  • Retinoids
  • Products containing higher concentrations of benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid
  • Isotretinoin (for more severe and persistent cystic acne)
  • Antibiotics
  • Extraction

How Are Acne Scars Treated?

Laser therapy is the most effective way to smooth away superficial acne scars. Different laser treatments can remove the outermost layers of the skin and stimulate collagen production, reducing the appearance of scars while also improving the skin’s overall tone and texture. Chemical peels and dermal fillers may also be used to treat acne scars.

If you’re struggling to get your acne under control, this is where it’s time to turn to our Staten Island, Linden, and Point Pleasant Beach, NY, dermatologist Dr. McCormack and her team. To schedule a consultation, call (718) 698-1616, (908) 925-8877 or (732) 295-1331.

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