More than 50 million Americans suffer from acne. It affects people of all ages, not just teenagers. Acne typically starts at puberty and affects close to half of all teenagers at one point. However, acne can affect people well into their adulthood. Men and women in their 20s, 30s, 40s, and even 50s can get it. Regardless of when it comes, nearly 85% of all people get acne at least once during their lifetimes.
Because acne is so common, much effort and research has been put into acne treatments. Dermatologist acne treatments have been proven to be highly effective against acne growth, and there are a number of treatments available off the counter and with a prescription. There are also more specialized treatments that are given by dermatologist or other skin treatment professionals. To give you a better idea of what these treatments are, here are three general categories of acne treatments:
Topical Treatments: The majority of acne medications are applied directly to the skin. These creams and ointments do everything from killing acne-causing bacteria to reducing your skin’s oil levels and they typically contain a retinoid, benzoyl peroxide, antibiotic, or salicylic acid. Topical treatments can be purchased in regular stores or, for more specialized treatments, from a dermatologist.
Body Treatments: More severe cases of acne are sometimes treated with pills or injections that take effect throughout your body, not just the skin. Acne cysts and nodules usually require this treatment, which include antibiotics, birth control pills (for women), and Isotretinoin.
Dermatologist Procedures: Dermatologists offer office procedures for some patients. Laser therapy, for example, is used to reduce bacteria on the skin. Chemical peels are used to treat blackheads and papules. “Drainage and extraction” procedures are used to remove large acne cysts when medication doesn’t work.
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