Acne is a common problem that affects people of all ages. Although it tends to be most common during the teenage years, many adults find themselves dealing with skin problems again decades after they graduated from high school, or even for the first time. Because everyone's skin is different and changes over time, an acne treatment that works for someone else, or that worked for you in the past may no longer work, or even irritate your skin further in some cases. The dermatologists at Alamo Heights Dermatology in San Antonio, TX, Dr. Rebecca Kelso and Dr. Emily Fridlington, offer a range of treatment options for all skin types and issues.
Acne Treatment in San Antonio, TX
When it comes to acne, there is a lot of misinformation about what causes it, and how to clear it up. In mild cases or with temporary outbreaks, you may not have to do anything as it clears up on its own. But if you suffer from chronic or severe acne, seeing a dermatologist for treatment is important in order to avoid the risk of scarring.
Depending on the type and severity of your acne, a dermatologist might prescribe one or more of the following treatment options:
- Benzoyl peroxide (common in over the counter acne treatments)
- Antibiotics (if an infection develops from a clogged pore)
- Vitamin A (Tretinoin)
- Hormones/oral contraceptives
- Manual extractions
Self Care Tips for Managing Acne
Seeing a dermatologist for acne treatment is important, but there are also a few lifestyle modifications and self-care steps that you can take to help protect your skin and reduce the risk of breakouts. Here are a few tips from the American Academy of Dermatology:
- Keep your skin clean, especially after sweating
- Use gentle cleaning products
- Wear sunscreen to protect your skin from sun damage
- Keep your hair clean to avoid oil and dirt from getting onto your skin
- Avoid picking at or "popping" pimples
Find a Dermatologist in San Antonio, TX
For more information about acne treatment and to find the skincare routine that is right for you, contact Alamo Heights Dermatology by calling 210-255-8447 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Kelso or Dr. Fridlington today.