What are Your Acne Treatment Options?

There are many ways in which to treat your breakouts.

Are you having trouble getting your acne under control? Not sure why nothing seems to be working? If so, then it might be time to turn to Acne our San Antonio, TX, dermatologists Dr. Rebecca Kelso and Dr. Emily Fridlington for answers. There are many options out there to help you get your acne symptoms under control. Here are some options to consider,

At-Home Options

Whether you are using a commercial acne-fighting cleanser or a topical treatment it’s important to understand that there is no product that will get rid of acne overnight. It can take up to 12 weeks to see the product’s full effects, so give it time before deciding whether or not the product truly works for you. Some of the best over-the-counter products for targeting and eliminating acne will often contain:

  • Salicylic acid
  • Glycolic acid
  • Benzoyl peroxide
  • Sulfur
  • Retinol

Dermatologist-Recommended Acne Treatments

If you are having trouble getting your acne symptoms under control then this might be the time to turn to our San Antonio, TX, skin doctor for an evaluation. We will be able to figure out the most effective methods for reducing the frequency and severity of your breakouts.

Everyone’s skin reacts differently, so what works for one person may not work for another. This is why turning to a dermatologist is the best option if you are having trouble getting your acne under control.

Topical Treatments

If over-the-counter medications aren’t doing the trick then a dermatologist can prescribe stronger creams or ointments to apply to the skin. These topical treatments will often contain a stronger percentage of active acne-fighting ingredients such as retinoids, salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide.

Antibiotics

Taking oral antibiotics such as tetracycline could also be effective for reducing inflammation and killing the bacteria on the skin that are responsible for acne. Of course, oral antibiotics aren’t meant to be a long-term solution since patients can develop antibiotic resistance; therefore, oral antibiotics is often used in conjunction with retinoids or products containing benzoyl peroxide.

A dermatologist may also recommend laser therapy, chemical peels or a simple extraction for treating acne. The treatments we choose will depend on the type and severity of your acne.

Don’t let acne affect your appearance and your self-esteem. Turn to the skin care specialists at Alamo Heights Dermatology in San Antonio, TX, to find out how we can help you.

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