Acne concerns can range from mild to severe in nature, including the appearance of acne lesions, redness and inflammation, whiteheads, blackheads and even deep and sometimes painful cysts. However, it has been found that the degree of self-consciousness and ultimately your quality of life is not correlated with the severity of acne an individual experiences. Therefore, even the occasional hormonal breakout can have a negative impact on an individual’s life.
It has been shown that acne does not discriminate based on age or gender. While typically associated with puberty and the teenage years, acne also commonly affects individuals in their 30’s, 40’s and even 50’s. This is troubling especially for the teenager who is counting down the days until their 20th birthday when they hope their acne breakouts will suddenly stop. While hormones most certainly play a role in the development of acne, heredity and your immune system have also been shown to impact its prevalence.
For many individuals, we understand it is likely that you’ve sought relief through a variety of approaches that may include over-the-counter drugstore brands or even infomercial solutions before seeking our expertise. Sometimes this can yield more harm than good if it leads to frustration or confusion. As specialized medical Dermatologists we act as your trusted experts and advisors, who consider you as an individual with personalized needs, concerns and goals opposed to offering cookie-cutter solutions.
Topical physician-only solutions are commonly used alone or in conjunction with other treatment options. Certain strengths and potencies of active acne ingredients can only be attained through your Dermatology office. We provide a number of topical physician-only solutions that we can customize for your individual concerns and lifestyle. Getting to know you is often the first step in providing a solution that you can maintain and will be pleased with. Other options include topical prescription therapies that we can recommend either alone or in conjunction with other treatment modalities. Many patients have drug coverage plans that they can use to cover some of the costs associated with this type of treatment.
Accutane/Clarus is another common treatment for acne. It is typically used for more severe cases of acne, although someone who has struggled with acne and is resistant to other treatments may benefit as well. While it is important to understand the risks associated with Accutane/Clarus; the most important factor to consider is the type of care and monitoring you receive while on it. For females, 2 negative pregnancy tests will be needed; as well as going on birth control before starting. You also get bloodwork every month and have follow-up appointments with our physicians to ensure you are monitored closely. There are many amazing stories from those who have struggled with acne for years and the positive outcomes following their experience with Accutane/Clarus.
Light therapies and rejuvenative peels are additional solutions which take a gentler approach to acne treatment. It is performed weekly or monthly along with a customized solution of either physician-only skincare or prescription therapies to treat your acne breakouts.
Knowing that you have a team on your side is important when you’re struggling with acne. Although it affects a large majority of the population, acne can often make you feel isolated and alone. We are here to offer our support, guidance and expertise in order to allow you to achieve the healthiest skin imaginable.