Professional Treatment For Acne in Houston, Texas
Living with acne is hard. Beyond the physical discomfort it can cause, mild acne to severe acne also causes emotional and psychological distress1. If you suffer from acne-prone skin, our dermatologists are dedicated to helping patients find relief from acne breakouts and restoring clear complexions. We’ll work with you to develop an effective treatment plan tailored to your specific needs.
Acne is one of the most common skin problems23. Even moderate acne can be a very embarrassing and difficult-to-treat medical problem that affects patients of all ages, not just teenagers. Most teenagers get acne to some extent due to androgen hormones that cause the sebaceous glands to excrete more oil; however, this condition is certainly not restricted to any age group. Patients in their 30’s, 40’s and even 50’s come to our practice to be treated for this condition. Acne can be very upsetting, embarrassing, and even disfiguring if it leads to acne scars. The early treatment of acne is crucial in order to prevent permanent acne scarring.
Types of Acne
There are many types of acne lesions. Acne is the commonly used term for acne vulgaris, the condition on the surface of the skin that causes clogged pores or comedones, pimples, papules, pustules, and deep lumps (cysts, cystic lesions, or nodules) that occur on a person’s face, neck, back, shoulders, chest, and even arms.
What Causes Acne?
Acne is generally caused by hormones and genetics. There are also four main physiological causes of acne, which include bacteria, an excess of oil (sebum) in the skin, blockages such as hair follicles and oil glands clogged with dead skin cells, and inflammation. Additionally, there are things that can trigger an outbreak or worsen acne, including hormonal changes during certain phases of life, certain medications, diet4, and stress.
Who Gets Acne?
Acne is a common skin condition that anyone can get. Genetics and hormones play a large role in whether someone develops adult acne, as do the hormonal fluctuations that occur during pregnancy, menstrual cycles, and growth spurts in teenagers5. Other factors that can affect acne breakouts are oily creams, serums, and lotions, as well as repeated friction from cell phones, bras, and even backpacks.
Because acne flare-ups can often be triggered by hormones and genetics, there’s no definite way to prevent outbreaks. However, there are many ways to reduce the severity and length of a breakout, including:
- Washing your face daily with a cleanser
- Knowing your skin type—use oil-free skincare products and sunscreens that don’t clog pores
- Using non-comedogenic, fragrance-free moisturizers
- Staying well hydrated
- Refraining from popping pimples
Effective Acne Treatments
The most effective acne treatment starts with the right plan that’s uniquely tailored to your skin. Our acne specialists take many things into account before making a treatment recommendation, including the type of acne you have (i.e., pimples, whiteheads, blackheads, cystic acne, etc.), where the breakouts are occurring on your skin, which treatments you’ve tried if any, how long you’ve had issues with acne, and whether acne leaves you with scars or dark pigmentation.6
Over The Counter and Prescription Treatments for Acne
While treatment plans vary patient-to-patient, we typically use one or more of the following acne medications to reduce acne:
- Benzoyl peroxide
- Salicylic acid
- Prescription Vitamin A serums
- Topical Sulfur
- Topical antibiotics such as erythromycin
- Oral antibiotics such as doxycycline and tetracycline
- Injectable steroids
- Oral contraceptives / birth control pills
- Chemical peels
- Medications such as spironolactone
Laser Procedures to Treat Acne
Before and After—Acne Patient Results
*Individual Results May Vary
Schedule A Consultation To Eliminate Acne
If you’re interested in improving acne-prone skin, our doctors and acne specialists at the Dermatology & Laser Surgery Center would love to meet with you and develop a custom treatment plan to achieve smooth clear skin. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.
1 Indian Journal of Dermatology. The Psychosocial Impact of Acne Vulgaris. Available at: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5029236/. Accessed April 2, 2021.
2 Postgraduate Medical Journal. Acne: more than skin deep. Available at: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2585707/. Accessed April 2, 2021.
3 International Journal of Women’s Dermatology. A review of diagnosis and treatment of acne in adult female patients. Available at: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5986265/. Accessed April 2, 2021.
4 American Academy of Dermatology Association. Can the right diet get rid of acne? Available at: https://www.aad.org/public/diseases/acne/causes/diet. Accessed April 2, 2021.
5 American Academy of Dermatology Association. Acne: Who gets and causes. Available at: https://www.aad.org/public/diseases/acne/causes/acne-causes. Accessed April 2, 2021.
6 American Academy of Dermatology Association. Acne: Diagnosis and treatment. Available at: https://www.aad.org/public/diseases/acne/derm-treat/treat. Accessed April 2, 2021.