Acne is one of the most common skin disorders afflicting both teens and adults. Though acne happens to just about everyone at some point in their lives, you don’t have to just put up with it. Everyone can get the clear skin they want, it just requires a little patience! This is where your Phoenix dermatologists Dr. Tamela Tripp and Dr. Dave Mudge come in.
Diagnosing Your Acne
Your Phoenix dermatologist examine your skin to make a proper diagnosis and determine whether you are dealing with acne. Surprisingly enough, there are other skin conditions that look similar to acne, so it’s important that we know what we are treating. We will classify you acne by different grades, with Grade 1 being mild and Grade 4 being severe.
Treating Your Skin
Those with more mild acne cases may only experience a couple of blemishes, which can often be managed with over-the-counter products that contain either benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid. These two chemicals are some of the best-known acne fighters as they unclog pores and kill the bacteria that cause acne. While these products won’t clear up acne overnight, if used consistently you should see a vast improvement in your skin within one to two months.
Your Phoenix dermatologist may also prescribe one or more medications to treat your acne:
- Antibiotics (kills acne-causing bacteria)
- Birth control pills (to treat hormone-related acne)
- Isotretinoin (this targets all forms of acne)
When you come into our office we may also perform extractions to remove large cystic acne, laser therapy or a chemical peel. A combination of different treatments may be recommended to help combat your skin issues. Just remember that the battle against acne takes time, and there is no one treatment that works for everyone.
With a little patience and determination, your Phoenix dermatologist will find the acne treatment that is right for you. If you are ready to say goodbye to acne problems once and for all, call North Mountain Dermatology today.