Acne Treatment

Acne

Acne is a multifactorial problem, based in the sebaceous glands of the face, neck and trunk. These glands secrete the oil which protects our skin. Factors like hormonal fluctuations typical of polycystic ovaries disease, stress, oily cosmetics, hyperglycemic diets and dairy products are known to make acne worse. Traditional treatments include topical therapy, peels, antibiotics, hormonal therapy and isotretinoin in severe cases, and remain the mainstay of therapy in most general dermatology clinics.

At Skin Experts Polyclinic, we prefer to perform light chemical peelings and medical cleanings of blackheads for rapid results, and favor lasers and other light sources for inflammatory acne. These devices are the latest advent in the treatment of resistant and difficult to treat acne. They are believed to have a strong antibacterial effect, and in our experience lead to a significant positive effect on the sebaceous glands, improving acne after one to three treatment sessions. In fact, we see sustained clearance in acne lesions, as well as rapid clearing of the red spots that are left long after acne lesions have resolved. Another benefit of this treatment is its rapid results, and the lack of the significant side effects seen with many topical and oral treatments.

Maintenance treatment of clear skin is usually continued, often with dietary restriction for some time until acne completely abates. In females with hormonal problems, we favor the use of spironolactone (Aldactone), rather than Iso-tretinoin, to clear the skin. Our group believes that acne treatments should move from chemical to physical modalities, improving both results and tolerance, and is on the leading edge of this new trend.

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