Acne Treatment at West Dermatology La Jolla/UTC
Our experienced acne experts work with you to diminish the effects of acne with solutions that meet your needs and aesthetic goals. You don’t have to deal with it alone, and you should not let it just run its course, as it may leave you with dark spots and/or acne scars.
We offer a variety of treatments because some treatments or techniques are effective for milder cases while other medications or methods are better for severe conditions or breakouts. However, no treatment works overnight, even for a mild case. It’s possible you won’t see desired results for a few days and even sometimes for at least two weeks.
Treatment for Mild Acne
Mild to moderate cases are usually described as those consisting of several blemishes, whiteheads, and/or blackheads. These can be reduced or erased with simple over-the-counter topical medications with retinoids, benzoyl peroxide, or salicylic acid.
Treatment for Moderate-Severe Acne
More severe cases – described typically as red, swollen, painful blemishes that include cysts or nodules – will most likely need treatment or medications stronger that what OTC medications provide.
At West Dermatology, we offer prescription-strength oral or topical medications, including antibiotics, that destroy the bacteria causing the acne and reduce inflammation.
However, it is possible that severe cases will require even deeper treatment to rid the skin of painful, red, swollen cysts nodules. Such therapies include:
Lasers and light therapy: Treatments like Photodynamic laser therapy (PDT) not only reduces the bacteria causing the acne, but the can decrease facial redness as well as offering a fast pimple fix that improves active acne while reducing future breakouts.
Chemical peels: Administered by our board-certified dermatologists, chemically exfoliate the top layer of the skin, reducing the appearance of pimples or scarring. This is great option alone or in combination with other acne-fighting treatments because the concentration of the peel can be customized to the patient’s skin type and needs.
Drainage and extraction: When performed by a dermatologist, drainage and extraction is an effective way to remove any fluid or pus from stubborn acne that has not responded to other methods. While patient’s may be tempted to “pop” a pimple on their own, our Dermatologists are trained in different techniques, which uses sterile instruments, to get rid of acne while also minimizing the risk of scarring.
In addition to these treatments, a proper daily cleansing routine (removing make-up and dirt) before bedtime will help keep the skin clean and free of acne breakouts.