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Diagnosing and Treating Acne

Dilworth Dermatology and Laser

What is Acne?

Acne is the consequence of an increase in oily skin brought on by rapid hormonal changes. It can appear on the face, neck, arms, and back. It doesn’t matter that this is the most common skin condition. Each individual’s experience is unique to them. 

Acne can be:

  • Blackheads
  • Whiteheads
  • Pimples
  • Acne cysts or nodules (painful breakouts)

What Influences the Severity of Acne?

Hormones are the common denominator in the development of acne. From the genetic fluctuation of hormones to medication side effects, people across the age spectrum experience this skin disorder. Some develop light to mild acne; others have severe debilitating acne. 

According to the American Academy of Dermatology, factors that influence the severity of acne are (but are not limited to):

  • Hormonal changes
  • Stress
  • Too little sleep
  • Oily skin or hair products
  • Certain foods
  • Genetics

When Should I See a Dermatologist For Acne Treatment?

A dermatologist can help regardless of the severity of your acne. 

First, you need to have it diagnosed by a licensed professional. There are various types of acne, and what type you have will help guide your treatment plan. 

Second, a dermatologist can help you manage your acne. Although it is temporary, acne’s effects can range from emotional trauma to physical scars that last a lifetime. 

No two breakouts are the same. A dermatologist can help create a treatment plan that works for your acne. Here are some guidelines to follow when deciding if you need to see a dermatologist for acne:

  • Over-the-counter medications are not or have stopped working
  • It is affecting your self-esteem
  • It is painful
  • The acne is leaving scars

How Can Dilworth Dermatology and Laser Help Me With My Acne?

The first step in treating acne is to set up an appointment with a board-certified doctor at Dilworth Dermatology. You can set up an online appointment or call our office. 

The providers at Dilworth Dermatology and Laser have the knowledge and experience needed to treat your acne effectively.

Our providers can:  

  • Prescribe antibiotics or topical acne medications
  • Treat acne with hormonal therapy
  • Use laser therapy to treat acne
  • Provide corticosteroid injections
  • Prescribe Isotretinoin medications