Acne Treatments

 In Acne, Dermatology, Treatment

 

Acne is a common skin problem and can affect a wide age range of patients – but particularly teenagers. Fortunately, there are many Acne Treatments. Acne and Acne Scarring can have a very significant effect on a patient’s self-esteem and generally should be treated.

Some acne, if left untreated, can result in scarring. Acne scarring is hard to treat. It is much better to try and prevent it occurring in the first place.

There is a long “menu’ of Acne Treatments.  Only dermatologists can access the full range of treatments including but not limited to isotretinoin (Roaccutane). The cause of acne is multifactorial – with components from sex hormones, diet, genetics, and sometimes other factors -even “stress”.

Dr Shannon has a special interest in the connection of insulin resistance, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) and acne. “Supplements” from the gym are a significant cause of acne ( at least in Dr Shannon’s experience) as are diets that contain significant amounts of free sugars, including milk, soft drinks, white bread etc. Testosterone supplements – will generally make acne much worse.First line therapy for acne would include lifestyle changes – ie less processed food, regular exercise, a gentle cleanser such as Cetaphil cleanser. The next step would include an oral antibiotic such as doxycycline. For women – the right oral contraceptive can help the hormonal balance to reduce acne. Topical retinoids such as Differin will also help.

First line therapy for acne would include lifestyle changes – ie less processed food, regular exercise, a gentle cleanser such as Cetaphil cleanser. The next step would include an oral antibiotic such as doxycycline. For women – the right oral contraceptive can help the hormonal balance to reduce acne. Topical retinoids such as Differin will also help.Regular chemical peels can also help. If these measures are unsuccessful, and there are no contraindications – then isotretinoin can be considered.

Regular chemical peels can also help. If these measures are unsuccessful, and there are no contraindications – then isotretinoin can be considered.

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