Acne

Acne Treatment in Austin, TX

One of the words that strikes dread into the heart of many adolescents, acne is a chronic and inflammatory disease that encompasses whiteheads, blackheads, and pimples. As the most common skin condition in the U.S. (roughly 60 million people suffer from the malady), virtually anyone can be affected. Not only can acne be painful and persistent, it often causes emotional distress and insecurity. It is completely understandable to feel a sense of worry or fear when it comes to seeking medical advice if your acne continues to persist, but at Tru-Skin Dermatology, our entire team of friendly and knowledgeable staff will work closely with you on a personal and professional level to ensure you can go about your daily activities with confidence.

Acne basics

A chronic skin condition, acne occurs when hair follicles are plugged with both oil and dead skin cells. Normally found on the face, chest, upper back, and shoulders, acne is known to most commonly affect teenagers, but can affect people of any age. It is commonly attributed to a hormonal imbalance, which can cause the sebaceous glands (that create sebum or oil) to malfunction and clog the pores. Approximately 85% of people in the U.S. will suffer from some sort of acne between the ages of 12-24, but it is becoming more and more common for adults to suffer from bouts of acne.

There are many different symptoms you may suffer from, depending on how severe the acne is. Common signs and symptoms include:

  • Closed pores that are plugged with oil and dead skin (whiteheads)
  • Open, plugged pores (blackheads)
  • Tender, red bumps (papules)
  • Pimples (papules with pus at the tip)
  • Larger lumps that cause pain under the skin’s surface (nodules)

Acne is usually caused by an excess in oil production, bacteria, excessive androgens (a type of hormones), or clogged hair follicles. There are different factors which can trigger acne, ranging from hormones to stress. Other causes possibly include menstruation, certain medications, and some genetic factors. Since so many people are affected by acne in one form or another, it can be difficult to pinpoint exactly what may be the cause of your acne. No matter the severity of your condition, get in touch with Tru-Skin to restore your confidence.

Acne treatment options

While some cases of acne may not seem particularly severe, not treating acne effectively can lead to darker spots and permanent scars. For those with more severe acne symptoms, effective treatment can boost one’s self-esteem. In fact, 96% of people suffering from acne said they felt depressed because of the condition, and 46% developed self-esteem issues. At Tru-Skin Dermatology, we believe no one should have to go through such emotional distress, which is why we will work closely with you to develop an actionable acne treatment plan for you. Not only do we offer treatment for teenagers, we also provide lasting adult acne treatment. Of course, the treatment will vary depending on various factors, but some of the more common treatments include the following:

Chemical peels

These are acids are professionally applied to the skin roughly once every 2 to 3 weeks at a doctor’s office. While spas and salons administer peels of up to 30% strength, doctors can administer peels with up to 70% strength. Some of the more common ones include lactic acid, salicylic acid, and glycolic acid. The acids in chemical peel will cause the skin to peel and perhaps blister, which in turn functions as a signal to the cells to regenerate faster. The three main types used are superficial (which treats acne), medium (which treats acne and light scarring), and deep peels (which are rarely used and focus on treating scarring). Chemical peels can also be used in combination with other medication.

Cortisone shots

These shots almost immediately reduce inflammation and swelling in the event of inflammatory or cystic acne lesions, minimizing the likelihood of scarring. If you suffer from cystic acne, which cannot be treated topically, this may be the ideal option for you. Cortisone is a natural chemical released by adrenal glands as a stress response, and it can be used to fight inflammation. You will be able to see results almost immediately.

Topical and oral medications

If you do not see results from over-the-counter medication, our dermatologists may prescribe topical medication for moderate to severe acne. Some common medications include retinoids, which come as creams, gels, or lotions and are derived from Vitamin A; antibiotics, which reduce redness and eliminate excessive skin bacteria; and azelaic acid, which can be found in animal products and has proven to be highly effective.

In some cases, we also offer hormonal acne treatment and use oral medications such as antibiotics, antiandrogen agents, and combined oral contraceptives, which are also suitable as adult acne treatment options.

We’re here for you

At Tru-Skin Dermatology, we empathize with our patients who may not feel fully at ease in their own skin due to the presence of acne. We offer free cosmetic consultations to help you take the first step into seeking effective acne treatment. Our experienced team serving Austin and Central Texas will work together with you in a comfortable setting, developing a custom-tailored plan and bringing you lasting results. Book your appointment today; call (512) 451-0139 for more information.

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