Don’t get frustrated – you are not alone. We understand that acne can be a tremendous emotional, psychological, and physical burden and we are here to help. Although acne affects mostly teenagers, it is not uncommon for adults as well.
What are the goals of acne treatment?
- Heal existing lesions.
- Prevent the formation of new lesions.
- Treat and prevent permanent discoloration.
- Prevent scarring and improve old acne scars.
By achieving these goals we can minimize psychological stress and prevent the emotional and physical scarring caused by acne. Self-confidence and ease in socialization will be regained.
What can we treat with medications?
- Hormonal imbalance
- Overproduction of oil in the skin
- Skin infection
- Skin inflammation
- Dysfunctional hair follicle lining shedding
- Skin discoloration
- Skin irritation
- Acne scars
- Acne pain and discomfort control
Acne and You
The more you are educated about acne, the more successful you will be in treatment. Learning about the basic causes of acne and treatment options allows you to be more involved in making decisions regarding the best treatment plan for your acne.
Here are common questions about acne in general:
What is acne?
Acne is simply “clogged pores” with or without infection.
What are pores?
Pores are the opening of the hair follicle to the surface of the skin. Sweat and oil glands of the skin have an opening to the hair follicle. Hair follicle channels drain oil and sweat onto the surface of the skin.
How is acne formed?
Hormonal changes, especially during puberty, increase oil production, which, along with natural bacteria of the skin, can cause clogging of the hair follicle. This traps the normal bacteria of the skin in the hair follicle and causes acne pimples. In severe cases, when infection and inflammation of the hair follicle begins to invade deeper tissue of the skin, cystic acne is formed.
When should I see a Doctor for my acne?
Prevention is Easier than Correction.
Dr. Shafa highly recommends beginning Proactive acne treatment as soon as possible to avoid frustration with acne scars. Mild, moderate, or even severe acne treatments are still more rewarding and less expensive than late acne scar treatment.
We advise you to treat your acne before you start developing scars, however; if you already have acne scars click here to schedule your complimentary consultation to be educated about your treatment options.
How can be acne treated?
Acne treatment is a dynamic process that requires patience and consistency. Treatment can range from options as simple as proper skin care and cleanser, hormonal treatment, topical and/or oral antibiotics, injections of cystic acne, extraction with medical grade facial, unclogging and peeling of the skin through chemical peel or topical Vitamin A or a combination of these treatments. In cases of stubborn acne, resistant to alternative treatments, we offer “Accutane” , or Absorbica (generic is called isotretinoin) which is a derivative of Vitamin A. Read more about Accutane, Absorbica or Isotretinoin.
What is the right treatment for me?
Dr. Shafa considers multiple critical factors in choosing the right acne treatment for each individual patient.
The following are just a few of these considered factors :
- The underlying cause of acne
- Patient skin characteristics
- Severity and type of acne lesions
- Duration of acne
- Type and result of previous treatments
- Cost of the treatments
How fast can I see the results of acne treatment?
Acne does not clear overnight. On average, it takes six to eight weeks to see initial results. Set realistic expectations to avoid frustration and to give your acne treatment enough time to do its work. The best results occur after being on medication for at least three months. In most cases a combination therapy as suggested by Dr. Shafa can help to achieve result sooner.
Acne scarring can be treated after disease activity has been low or absent for several months. There are a number of techniques for treating this difficult problem. If you are interested, your treatment options will be discussed in detail when you meet with Dr. Shafa. Read more how to treat acne scar
If you are suffering from acne, feel free to call us to make an appointment to see Dr. Shafa. During your appointment, Dr. Shafa will evaluate your skin as well as overall health. After the type and cause of acne is diagnosed, Dr. Shafa will explain the variety of treatment options best suited to your needs and help select the best regimen for you and your skin. If you have questions prior to your visit, please do not hesitate to click here to ask questions