How to Treat Your Persistent Acne
posted: Mar. 13, 2018.
Acne is one of the most common skin condition affecting teens and adults in the U.S. every year. Fortunately, various treatment options are available and a dermatologist can show you how to best treat your persistent acne. Dermatology Associates has three convenient Indiana locations where experienced dermatologist, Dr. Sonya Campbell Johnson, treats persistent acne. Dr. Johnson is your dermatologist in Indianapolis, Batesville, and Tipton for treatment of acne.
Causes of Acne
Blocked pores are the root cause of acne. Pores can become blocked with sebum, which keeps skin healthy, moisturized, and protected in normal skin. Sebum works to keep skin healthy by clearing out the pores. After being released by oil glands in the skin, sebum moves along the hair follicles, carrying away debris and dead skin cells as it travels. The debris and dead skin cells are carried out of the pores, which keeps the pores clean and the skin healthy. When this normal process is interrupted, sebum and debris become trapped in the pores, which then become blocked and produce acne.
Various options are available for treating persistent acne. Some treatments target existing acne to clear your skin. Other treatments work to prevent future breakouts by killing acne-causing bacteria or reducing sebum production. Dr. Johnson, your Indianapolis, Batesville, and Tipton dermatologist can recommend the right option for treating your persistent acne. Acne treatments available at Dermatology Associates include:
- Tretinoin — Vitamin A derivative applied topically to the affected skin.
- Benzoyl peroxide — Topical acne treatment for treatment of mild acne.
- Oral antibiotics — Antibiotic medications taken orally.
- Topical antibiotics — Antibiotic medications applied topically to the affected skin.
- Extraction — Professional removal of whiteheads and blackheads using a small metal instrument to clear blocked pores.
Learn how to treat your persistent acne by scheduling a consultation with Dr. Johnson by calling Dermatology Associates at one of their three Indiana locations. For the Indianapolis office, call (317) 257-1484; for the Batesville office, call (800) 303-3228; for the Tipton office, call (765) 675-1410; or email at [email protected]