THE BEST TREATMENT FOR ACNE
We offer the best treatment for acne in Winter Park and the surrounding Orlando areas. We want you to be confident in facing the world. If you have a lot of acne, nodules or cysts that won't heal with over the counter medicine, come see our team at Oasis Dermatology for the best treatment plan for acne so you can go about your life without worrying how your skin looks.
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WHAT CAUSES ACNE?
Acne occurs when a pore gets clogged with oil and dead skin cells. It can affect people of all ages. It is most common in teenagers going through puberty because the main trigger for this skin problem is fluctuating hormones -- specifically, the male hormone testosterone. When teenagers hit puberty, their hormones surge, and often, so does acne.
Other factors also trigger acne including women's hormonal swings, certain medications, and genetics. Whatever the cause is, our team can help you find the best treatment that will work for your acne. Regain your confidence with the best acne treatment from Oasis Dermatology.
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ACNE AND ACNE MEDICATION
Closed comedones—also known as a whitehead—happens when pores are clogged all the way through. The pore length and the pore head are closed, leaving a white bump on top of the skin.
Whiteheads can’t be removed or resolved by squeezing them, so don’t try to pop them on your own, or you may end up with scarring.
Over-the-counter acne medications for treating whiteheads include sulfur, salicylic acid, and benzoyl peroxide. Benzoyl peroxide is the most effective option for treating whiteheads, though it also has the most side effects.
Sulfur is a milder treatment that can be used as an overall acne facial treatment or specifically to treat whiteheads. Salicylic acid may help prevent non-inflammatory acne from returning in the future, though it is less effective than benzoyl peroxide.
Topical retinoids, which are derived from vitamin A, are also effective for treating noninflammatory acne, such as whiteheads. Such medications include retinol (found in many cosmetic products), adapalene (Differin), and tretinoin (Retin-A).
Papules appear as red bumps that develop when oil or excess skin cells block a pore and mix with bacteria on your skin, Cutibacterium acnes or C. acnes.
The contents of this blocked pore may spill out, allowing the bacteria to affect the surrounding skin tissue. Afterward, the bacteria creates an inflamed lesion.
Our dermatologist may prescribe the over-the-counter treatment benzoyl peroxide to treat papules because of its antibacterial capacity. Dr. Ahluwalia may also give you a topical retinoid, antibiotics, or birth control pills (for women whose acne breakouts happen during their menstrual cycle) to help avoid inflammatory acne.
Antibiotics can kill bacteria and may help get rid of acne-causing C. acnes bacteria, and birth control pills can reduce oil production by decreasing androgen levels.
A cystic acne is a severe form of acne, which can lead to an infection deep inside the skin. The cysts caused by this acne type are more prominent, red, inflamed, painful, and pus-filled.
They are softer than nodules because they contain pus and usually burst, infecting the nearby skin.
The most difficult type of acne to treat is cystic acne. You can fight cysts with acne medications, such as isotretinoin, antibiotics, topical retinoids, birth control pills (for women), or spironolactone. Spironolactone acts like birth control. It can help lower androgen levels. The only downside is that it is only used as acne medication in women because it can cause unwanted side effects in men.
Your dermatologist may recommend that you take multiple medications for cystic acne removal. Also, they may recommend injecting stubborn cysts with a steroid in order to treat them directly and eliminate inflammation.
Blackheads look black on the skin’s surface. They are called open comedones because the head of a pore remains open while the rest is clogged.
Blackheads can be easily squeezed out. However, it’s best not to do that to avoid scarring.
The same acne medication options you use for whiteheads are equally effective when you have blackheads. Pore strips are an abrasive and temporary fix that can damage your skin and worsen your acne. It’s best to avoid them and focus on treating blackheads in ways that do not involve harsh chemicals.
Nodular acne, which is made of flesh-colored or red bumps deep under the skin’s surface, is usually caused by the C. acnes bacteria and can cause a painful infection.
Nodular acne is a more complicated form of acne to treat because OTC treatments only work on the surface level of your skin. To get rid of nodular acne, Isotretinoin is popular and known to be a very effective treatment. You may also need prescription-strength benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid, antibiotics, retinoids, or birth control pills if you are a woman.
If medications don’t work, an experienced dermatologist like Dr. Ahluwalia may drain the nodules by hand or use a laser or chemical peel to remove the outer layer of your skin.