23 Feb Acne and Acne Scarring: What You Need To Know
Acne is a medical condition that your dermatologist can treat with medications. However, the scarring left behind by acne is considered a cosmetic dermatological issue—and it, too, can be treated. Spectrum Dermatology specializes in both medical and cosmetic care, allowing you to have all of your skin care needs taken care of in one clinic. Acne is by far the most common skin condition and is in fact so common that many people don’t seek treatment until the severity interferes with their daily living. Getting your acne under control and preventing future breakouts is often just half of the process. You do not have to live with the remnants of past breakouts any longer.
Exactly which treatment is best for your acne scars will depend on multiple factors. In many cases, a combination of treatments is best. These may include chemical peels, the use of laser and light energy devices, prescription and medical-grade skin care products, and dermal fillers. A dermatologist can work with both your medical and cosmetic needs at once, although some treatments for acne may restrict which cosmetic treatments can be used (for example, a topical treatment might interfere with a chemical peel, in which case a different cosmetic treatment will be recommended).
Who Should Get Professional Acne Treatment?
Everyone of every age deserves clear, healthy skin. Our skin is the biggest organ we have and it needs professional care. Just because acne is common does not mean it’s a requisite rite of passage. There are a number of myths related to acne, including the persistent belief that it’s something you outgrow. Hormone fluctuations can exacerbate acne, which is why many teenagers have it. However, there are a number of adults who have breakouts throughout their life because they are not getting the treatment they need. Menopause and pregnancy also cause hormone fluctuations, so these are additional times in our lives (for women, at least) when acne breakouts may get worse.
Unlike some other skin treatments, there is no age minimum for getting help with acne. Increasingly younger people are starting to experience acne breakouts, and your dermatologist will work with your child to identify a safe and effective plan to stop and prevent breakouts.
There are many types of acne, and some are more prone to scarring than others. Mild acne, such as the occasional whitehead or blackhead, may be treatable with over the counter medications. Still, even these mild forms of acne tend to respond better to medical-grade products. A dermatologist can also determine any preventable causes of acne.
More severe types of acne, such as cystic acne, are much more than just aesthetically unappealing. They can be painful, lead to serious scarring, and seriously affect a person’s mental health and quality of life. Low self-esteem, depression, anxiety, and avoiding social situations have all been connected to acne. The more severe the acne, the more likely these non-physical side effects are to occur.
Get Help for Your Acne Today
Treatment for your acne is available. No matter what type of acne you have or your age, dermatological intervention is the best way to put an end to your acne for good. Understand that your treatment needs will likely change throughout the years, so if your old treatment is no longer working then it might be time to change it. Acne can be frustrating, uncomfortable, and stubborn, but you don’t have to just live with it.
If your child has issues with acne, quickly finding help from a dermatologist increases the odds of avoiding permanent scarring. Even though scarring is treatable, it’s always best to prevent these issues from the beginning. Right now is also a great time to help your child learn about proper skin care and develop a skin care regimen that works for them.
It’s always best to see a dermatologist at a practice that offers both medical and cosmetic treatments. Even mild acne can cause a darkening on fair skin that you might want removed. Achieving clear, youthful, bright skin is possible in 2021 when you work with the right experts. Schedule your consultation or appointment with Spectrum Dermatology today via our online booking system.