Many teenagers and adults alike suffer from acne. Here are some of the most common types of acne and some of the ways we treat these forms of acne:
- Comedonal acne is characterized by small bumps (blackheads or whiteheads), typically on the forehead and chin.
- Treatment includes topical retinoids (tretinoin, adapalene, and tazarotene), topical antibiotics (dapsone, clindamycin), sodium sulfacetamide, and benzoyl peroxide.
- Hormonal acne is characterized by deeper acne cysts around the jawline and mouth.
- This type of acne usually results from hormonal effects on the sebaceous (oil) glands and most often affects teens and women, especially pregnant or menopausal women.
- Treatment includes spironolactone, oral contraceptive, and topical retinoids and/or antibiotics.
- Inflammatory acne is characterized by small red bumps and pustules.
- Treatment includes topical and/or oral antibiotics, topical retinoids, sodium sulfacetamide, or benzoyl peroxide.
Severe, Cystic Scarring Acne
- Severe, cystic scarring acne is characterized by nodules that are formed by the buildup of fluids, oils, and white blood cells beneath the surface of the skin.
- These lesions may result in scarring and are treated with Accutane® (isotretinoin) or photodynamic therapy
As skin quality and type are different from patient to patient, treatment for acne is personalized for each individual. We at Elevation Dermatology will work closely with you to determine the best course of treatment for your unique skin type to eliminate your acne and restore your complexion.