Understanding Your Acne Treatment Options
- Posted on: Sep 21 2015
If you haven’t experienced acne yourself, chances are you’ve known someone who’s had to deal with the symptoms of this condition, like pimples, blackheads, whiteheads, cysts and more. The most common skin condition in the United States, acne can affect patients of all ages and can appear on the face, back, neck, shoulders and more. In addition to the cosmetic concerns acne can bring about, it can also have an emotional impact, potentially causing low self-esteem and depression.
While there is currently no cure for acne, there are a number of treatment options aimed at reducing or eliminating its symptoms. While oral medications have commonly been used to treat the signs of acne, modern treatment offers effective results without the side-effects brought on by some of these medications. Let’s take a look at three innovative treatments designed to clear the signs of acne.
Photodynamic therapy. In photodynamic therapy, a topical drug known as aminolevulinic acid (ALA) is applied to areas where acne lesions are present. Over time, this medication is absorbed in your oil glands and a light source is used to “activate” it, reducing oil production and eliminating acne bacteria.
BlueLight™ treatment. BlueLight acne treatments offer a unique, innovative option that utilizes specific wavelengths of light to help stop the growth of acne-causing bacteria. It typically requires 23-minute treatments twice a week for four weeks, and results appear more quickly than they would with oral acne medications.
Acne surgery. For patients looking for quick results and a smaller risk of scarring, acne surgery is an effective treatment option. It involves the placement of a clay peel or light fruit acid to the affected area, followed by careful extractions with a sterile instrument.
For More Information about Acne Treatments, Contact North Dallas Dermatology Today.
To learn more about acne or any of the other conditions we treat, contact us today to schedule an appointment. Our offices are located in Dallas, and we can be reached at (214) 761-8524. We look forward to hearing from you.
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