Acne & Acne Treatments

Definition/Diagnosis

Acne is one of the most common conditions seen and treated by a dermatologist. You may be having repeated breakouts of red pimples, whiteheads, blackheads, pustules, and cysts, and your skin may become very irritated or inflamed and leave you with unsightly blemishes, red and brown spots, and even scarring if left untreated.

Although most teenagers go through some form of acne throughout adolescence, about 30% of acne patients do not start having acne until after the age of 30. Like many patients, you can worsen your acne condition by squeezing or picking at your pimples and cause additional scarring of the skin that can become permanent.

Your acne usually occurs on the face, chest and/or the back, and is generally believed to be caused by a combination of several factors that may include genetics, family history, diet, stress, clogged pores, hormones causing overactive sebaceous glands to increase production of oil, trapped bacteria, and inflammation. Depending on the severity of your blocked pores and the associated inflammatory response, your acne may include any combination of whiteheads, blackheads, papules, pustules or nodular cysts.

Dr Snyder’s Approach

Recent advances in gaining a better understanding of the cause of acne have helped dermatologists like Dr. Snyder, who specializes in acne treatments for patients of all skin types, to establish effective treatment regimens and even cure acne in difficult cases.

Early treatment is essential to prevent you from developing persistent dark brown spots, persistent redness, scarring and disfigurement.

 

Dr Snyder’s Treatment

Because the cause of acne is due to many factors, and because each patient’s case is unique, Dr. Snyder strives to provide a comprehensive evaluation of your condition and develop a treatment tailor-made for your specific needs.

Dr. Snyder often finds that a combination approach to treatment is very beneficial for many patients which may include patient-specific cleansers and exfoliants, topical prescription preparations and in-office cosmeceutical preparations, prescription oral medications, intralesional treatment (injection) of cysts, dietary considerations, laser and light treatments that may or not combine photodynamic therapy, and MediSpa acne facials and microdermabrasions. For severe or stubborn cases of pustular and cystic varieties of acne, Dr. Snyder has cured many hundreds of patients using Accutane.

Before and After

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