West Palm Beach Acne Treatments
Acne is one the most common skin conditions that impacts people of all ages, especially teenagers, but it often feels like one of the hardest to treat. Unfortunately, acne has the potential to be uncomfortable, embarrassing, and cause permanent scarring if not treated properly. As a Board Certified Osteopathic Physician specializing in Dermatology, Dr. Carroll considers all factors in a patient’s life that might be causing persistent acne and creates a customized treatment plan to meet the patient’s needs. If you are struggling with your own unrelenting acne, Dr. Carroll at Carroll Dermatology Surgery and Laser Institute in West Palm Beach is here to help.
Basic Acne Facts
Acne stems from hormonal fluctuations that trigger excessive oil production. As the pores become clogged with dead skin cells and bacteria, the extra oil on the skin prevents the pores from pushing dead cells out. This causes the dead skin cells to become trapped inside the pores, gather bacteria, and form red, inflamed pimples. While some people experience these pimples sporadically and in isolation, others form large clusters that spread over the skin.
Acne is best known for forming on the face, but it can also appear anywhere that the skin produces oil, like the back, chest, neck, shoulders, upper arms, and buttocks. Many people coping with acne don’t just suffer the physical consequences of painful pimples, but they also experience a lack of confidence in social situations and even depression. The good news is that acne of all types can be treated with the attention and support of a dermatologist.
Minor to moderate cases of acne can often be treated with topical medications. Retinoids derived from vitamin A work by preventing the plugging of hair follicles, but must be used carefully and gradually to prevent irritating the skin. Other topical medications are antibiotics that kill excess skin bacteria and reduce redness, like clindamycin with benzoyl peroxide. Since each topical acne treatment has unique benefits and drawbacks, Dr. Carroll always evaluates the patient’s age, lifestyle habits, and medical background before making a decision.
Prescription medications are also commonly used to prevent and reduce acne. Oral antibiotics, for instance, can treat moderate to severe acne by reducing bacteria on the skin and fighting inflammation. A few of the most popular antibiotics for acne include minocycline and doxycycline. Combined oral contraceptives, also known as birth control pills, have also become a popular method of acne treatment among women and adolescent girls. The FDA has approved three contraceptives, Yaz, Ortho Tri Cyclen, and Estrostep, to stabilize the hormone fluctuations that lead to acne. As with topical applications, prescription medications are carefully chosen by Dr. Carroll based on each patient’s individual situation.
Laser Acne Treatment
Beyond topical and prescription medications, laser therapy has also become a very popular technique for battling acne. Laser treatment is so effective because the light energy reduces skin oil levels and kills the bacteria causing so much redness and inflammation. Dr. Carroll proudly offers the Lumenis M22 laser to fight acne over a series of treatment sessions.
Regardless of the severity of your acne, Dr. Carroll has the experience and expertise needed to create a treatment plan that will help you regain and embrace clear, flawless skin with a radiant complexion. Call Carroll Dermatology today at 561-475-2728 to schedule your appointment!