Acne occurs when glands in the skin become hyperactive. These glands are responsible for producing an oily substance. When the gland becomes hyperactive, then the oil blocks the dead skin cells and follicles. Some of the main causes of acne include the hormones in our body. They are responsible for maturing the oil glands in the skin and once they mature they can produce acne. A person’s diet can also contribute to acne.
People with acne tend to have fewer antioxidants in their skin like Vitamin A and Vitamin E in their skin. Stress is another factor that affects the production of acne in your skin. Stress will make the walls of the pores in our body break and the body responds by making a zit. Teenagers and young adults are more prone to having acne but it can occur at any age after puberty.
A visit to our Dermatologist
Our dermatologist at Miami Dermatology Center will examine your skin and speak to you about what concerns you have. The dermatologist will explain to you the procedure and different alternatives to treat acne. Our dermatologist will want to know if you have used any previous treatments to fight acne. A visit every four to six weeks is recommended so our dermatologist can evaluate your progress of the treatment and see if any modifications have to be made.
Acne Treatment Options
Oral Acne Treatment
For moderate to severe and persistent acne
Topical Acne Cream
For mild to moderate acne
Facials for Acne
For mild acne, improves the appearance and reduces future breakouts
Laser for Acne Scars
Help minimize acne scars for a smoother face
Quick and painless procedure that exfoliates and produce new skin cells
Oral Acne Treatment
For patients with moderate to severe acne, antibiotics taken orally have been a common form of treatment for years. Oral antibiotics work to reduce and slow down bacteria growth which decreases inflammation. Treatment with oral antibiotics usually begins with a higher dosage, which is reduced as acne resolves. Usually, antibiotics are prescribed for six months or less. Oral contraceptives have been shown to effectively clear acne in women by suppressing the overactive sebaceous glands and can be used as long-term acne therapy.
Topical Acne Treatment
Many topical medications such as creams, gels, and lotions are used to treat acne. Topical antibiotics work by killing acne bacteria from the outside in. This not only helps reduce the small infections in the pores, but also indirectly keeps the pores open. All topical antibiotics must be prescribed by a health care provider which is often needed to treat moderate acne. Before topical treatments are prescribed, your doctor will carry out a visual inspection of your face, in order to make a diagnosis in terms of acne type and severity.
Facials for Acne
Our facials will help your skin be cleaner and get rid of any bacteria. The skin is prone to excessive oil build-up and facials treat it by exfoliating and extracting any impurities. Facials will reduce the inflammation in a person’s face due to blemishes, zits and other acne. The deep cleansing provided by the facial will penetrate the pores and revitalize your skin. Depending on the skin care regimen of the person the effects will be temporary or longer lasting. Our dermatologist will make sure your acne is controlled with the facial cleaning, exfoliating and moisturizing your skin properly.
Fraxel Laser for Acne Scar Treatment
Treatment of acne scars requires both the removal of damaged skin and the production of new collagen to improve the area’s tone and texture. Unlike other procedures, Fraxel treatment removes damaged skin on the surface and reaches deep into the skin to stimulate collagen remodeling. Fraxel treatment improves the elasticity, texture and tone of your damaged skin while keeping your healthy tissue intact.
Microdermabrasion for Acne
Is used to improve acne scars. Microdermabrasion works on all skin types and colors. There is minimal downtime for Microdermabrasion and skin is temporarily pink but it goes away within 24 hours. It works by spraying very tiny crystals on your skin to softly get rid of the outer layer of skin.
Acne Treatment Photo Gallery
Moderate acne was scattered all over his face
There was less acne and the skin had a lighter complexion
Was covered in zits was red from the inflammation
Skin was not inflammed and had significantly reduced the acne
Cheeks and forehead area was swollen and had infected acne
Face was completely clear of acne and the infections were gone
Severe case with entire face completely infected with swollen zit
No more severe acne covering his face and face had recovered from the infections
Frequently Asked Questions
You are describing a condition that is called keratosis pilaris. It is caused by the accumulation of keratin around hair follicles. The condition may be inherited. It s most frequently felt over the upper arms and outer thighs as roughening of the skin. It looks, almost like goose-bumps, the size of grains of sand that can be skin colored or red in appearance. It is a benign skin condition with no associated disease or complications. It is treated with moisturizing washes, and exfoliating agents. Your dermatologist can prescribe a glycolic or retinoic cream to help exfoliate.
I think a lot of women experience dry skin problems at some time. Dry skin is characterized by a lack of sebum, the skin’s natural oil, affecting the skin on the face and hands and sometimes on other parts of the body in many ways. Dry skin is prone to fine lines in the corner of the eyes and mouth. It is usually sensitive, bruises easily, and often appears powdery or scaly. Open pores may be seen under the magnifying glass but no trace of oil or moisture appears on the tissue paper. Oily moisturizing creams may improve the feeling of dryness and make it less sensitive to the wind and weather. Since the sun has a tendency to make dry skin even drier, it is recommended to use good quality sunscreen with suitable SPF (Sun Protection Factor) for your skin type. Hope you start wearing sunscreen daily as part of your skincare routine.