Acne is chronic inflammation of the hair follicles and oil glands. It usually starts during adolescence due to hormone fluctuations and increased oil production. Acne consists of plugged pores (comedones), papules, pustules, nodules and cysts. Intense inflammation or picking at acne lesions can lead to scarring. At Rio Grande Dermatology, we have Fraxel laser treatments (Fraxel), which can reduce acne scarring in all skin types.
There are a variety of medications for acne. Early treatment is best to avoid scarring. Mild acne or acne that consists of almost only plugged pores without much inflammation can be treated with prescription creams used once or twice a day. Acne that consists of pustules, papules, nodules or cysts may require an antibiotic pill taken once or twice a day. For the most severe acne with scarring, Accutane is used to clear the skin. A Rio Grande Dermatologist can determine the best treatment plan for your skin.