Acne vulgaris is a disease process that begins around puberty and can last several years. Because there is no cure for acne the goal of the dermatologist is to improve acne to prevent physical and emotional scarring. Acne can be a frustrating disease, but with patience and compliance to therapy, the symptoms can be greatly improved. There are several effective treatments to improve acne, including topical medications, cleansers, moisturizers, and oral medications. Ask our providers which treatment will be best for you.
Many people are under the mistaken impression that Accutane is a cure-all for acne. There is no cure for acne, not even Accutane. Accutane is a very good medication, but it is only effective for the most severe type of scarring cystic acne that has not responded to other types of therapy. It also has several unpleasant side effects. Our providers are likely to try several other treatment regimens before considering Accutane.
Acne Rosacea (“adult acne”)
We often hear the complaint that patients long past puberty are still experiencing facial acne. In reality, this eruption may actually be acne rosacea. This condition results in facial redness, pimples, red veins across the cheeks and nose, flushing of the skin, and in severe cases, swelling of the nose. The severity of the condition can be influenced by several outside factors, including certain foods and beverages, changes in weather or temperature, emotional or physical influences, or certain medications. Although there is no cure for this condition, our providers are well-informed about the latest management options such as oral antibiotics, cleansers, topical medications, and sunblocks.