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How To Treat Different Types of Acne

Acne is a very common skin condition that causes pimples. You’ll usually get pimples on your face. Clogged pores cause acne. Teenagers and young adults most often get acne, but it can also occur during adulthood for many people. Treatment is available to clear acne from your skin and prevent scarring.

Blackheads. This type of blemish appears when excess oil, bacteria, and dead skin cells build up in an open pore. When the pore fills with debris and stays open, you'll see a blackhead. To treat this kind of acne, our dermatologist recommends using a retinoid. Adapalene is a common retinoid that can be bought over the counter.

Whiteheads. This blemish appears when excess oil, bacteria, and dead skin cells build up in a closed pore. To treat this acne, we recommend OTC benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid products. Retinoids can also be an effective treatment for preventing this kind of acne. Resist the urge to pop, as this can make your acne worse. 

Papules. This early pimple is when excess oil, bacteria, and dead skin cells build deeper into the skin, causing many red bumps and rough texture. Using OTC benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid treatments can be beneficial. A retinoid can also be a good treatment for this kind of acne. If you have many stubborn bumps, we recommend you come to see us. 

IMPORTANT If you see little improvement after 6-8 weeks on an at-home skincare routine, we suggest you schedule and appointment with one of our physicians for prescription-strength medications and other procedures such as our acne facials and chemical peels.

Acne Nodules and Cysts. Also known as cystic acne, this type causes painful pus-filled pimples deep in the skin. This is the most severe acne and is likely to cause scarring. This kind of acne is difficult to keep under control with over-the-counter treatment. If you have acne-like them, you'll want to see a dermatologist immediately for treatment. The sooner you start treatment, the fewer permanent scars you will have.

Other Effective Tips for Treating Acne

  • Be gentle to your skin. Use a gentle cleanser, and don't overdo it. Excessive washing and scrubbing can cause more inflammation and worsen acne.
  • Avoid picking and popping as this will likely make the acne worse.
  • Maintaining a healthy diet with less sugary and high-sodium food or drinks.
  • Be patient. Treating acne with acne products takes time and patience. It may take two or three months of daily use of an acne product to see results. And acne may look worse before it gets better.
  • Use non-comedogenic products. Avoid oily cosmetics, sunscreens, and hair products. Use an oil-free, water-based moisturizer. 
  • Watch what touches your face. Keep your hair clean and off your face. Also, avoid resting your hand or phone against the side of your face. And wash your pillowcases regularly.

If your acne doesn't improve after two or three months of home treatment, schedule an appointment with our dermatologist. We have many prescription medications and routines to treat your acne. In addition, we will help determine your acne triggers and put you on the best treatment plan suited for your skin type. At Clear Choice Dermatology, we find that getting the care you need for your acne can not only ease your physical symptoms but bring a great deal of emotional ease as well. 

To learn more about acne or get the treatment you need, call our office or schedule an appointment through our website. We would love to help you return to a complexion you feel confident about.

Wednesday June 15, 2022