Acne is an extremely common skin condition which varies in severity, form and residual effects. We have likely all experienced this in varying forms; in fact, nearly 50 million Americans suffer from this skin condition and 95% of people will experience this at some point in their lives.
These skin irregularities occur when your hair follicles become plugged with oil and dead skin cells. The resulting imperfections usually appear on your face, neck, chest, back and shoulders. Depending on its severity and the habits of the individual affected, acne can even cause long-term scarring.
Fortunately, there are a wide range of treatments available to help reduce and prevent or reduce scarring, such as:
- Topical Retinoids
- Topical Antibiotics
- Oral Antibiotics
- Oral Contraceptions
- Anti-Androgen Drugs
- Chemical Peels
- Esterson Dermatology Acne Products
Many of these skincare medications have side effects, such as burning, redness, and irritation. With some medicines, such as topical retinoids, these side effects usually decrease or go away after the medicine is used for a period of time. If side effects are severe or don’t go away, tell your doctor.
For persistent acne lesions that are inflamed or unresponsive to medications, some doctors recommend additional methods, including extraction, photodynamic therapy, or corticosteroid injections.
Additionally, for instances of acne scarring, laser skin resurfacing treatments or chemical peel treatments are available to even out the skin’s surface and improve any discolouration. These treatments work by providing controlled skin injury which result in the production of new collagen for refreshed, renewed skin appearance.