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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.


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.

July 31, 2018
Category: Dermatology
Tags: Acne  

Acne is a common problem that affects people of all ages. Although it tends to be most common during the teenage years, many adults acnefind 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.

January 18, 2017
Category: Dermatology
Tags: Acne  

Is acne getting you down? We can help!

There is nothing worse than getting breakouts, and pimples always seem to rear their red, ugly heads during the most important acneoccasions: school pictures, the prom, your wedding or a big job interview. Covering it up can only go so far but finding the right acne treatment can be tough. That’s when it’s time to turn to our San Antonio, TX dermatologists, Dr. Rebecca Kelso and Dr. Emily Fridlington, who can offer a wide variety of ways to combat your acne symptoms once and for all.

At-Home Skincare

An important component to having healthy skin is how you care for your skin. Many people think that people get acne because they don’t clean their skin enough. This simply isn’t true. In fact, washing too aggressively or too much can irritate or even make your breakouts worse.

Choose a mild cleanser or opt for an acne cleanser (just be aware these products can dry out the skin) and wash your face twice a day with warm water. You will also want to exfoliate about once or twice a week to remove the dead skin from the surface and to prevent clogged pores.

Also look at the other skincare products you use: your moisturizers, sunscreens and makeup. They should all say “non-comedogenic”, which means that they won’t clog pores. They should state that they are oil-free. If you notice acne around the scalp and hairline you may want to take a look at what hair products you are using and whether they contain oils.


Sometimes no matter what products you use it still isn’t enough to target your acne. In this case our San Antonio skin doctors can help determine which medication will be able to get rid of your acne problems. Common prescription medications include:

  • Retin-A
  • Benzyl peroxide
  • Antibiotics
  • Hormone therapy (e.g. birth control pills)
  • Accutane

We can also perform extractions right here in our office to remove blackheads and whiteheads. You should never try to pop pimples yourself, as you could cause scarring. If you really want to it removed leave it to the professionals to do it.

You can take on the fight against acne and win when you have Alamo Heights Dermatology in San Antonio, TX on your side. We will work with you and your needs to help find the perfect treatment options for you. Schedule an appointment today!

August 29, 2016
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Acne  

How your dermatologist in San Antonio can help with acne

When you think of acne, it’s easy to think it only happens to teenagers. The truth is acne can affect the skin of adults too. No matter what acneyour age, acne is a troublesome skin condition that isn’t always easy to hide. Now, thanks to effective acne treatments, you don’t have to suffer with acne. Your dermatologists at Alamo Heights Dermatology in San Antonio, TX want to help you clear up your skin and look your best.

Recent estimates from the American Academy of Dermatology state that acne is the most common skin condition in the United States, with 80% of teenagers and 5% of adults suffering from acne each year. You don’t need to be an acne statistic when help from your dermatologists in San Antonio is just a phone call away.

There are different types of acne including whiteheads and blackheads, which are more commonly found on your face and shoulders. Another form of acne is large red bumps which are inflamed pores. Whiteheads and blackheads normally don’t scar, however, the large red bumps can lead to acne scars.

You can try over-the-counter products containing salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide if you have a mild case of acne. If you have a moderate to severe case of acne, your dermatologists have several effective treatments to clear your skin. They may recommend:

  • Oral or topical antibiotics to help clear up infected pores
  • Professional strength benzoyl peroxide to reduce blocked hair follicles
  • Tretinoin to help clear clogged pores
  • Extraction treatment to gently remove blackheads and whiteheads
  • Acne treatments for hormone-related breakouts

Your dermatologists in San Antonio want to remind you to never scratch or pick acne because you can be left with acne scars. Don’t make your skin condition worse; get some help for your acne. Call your dermatologists at Alamo Heights Dermatology in San Antonio, TX. You deserve to have acne-free, great looking skin so call today and find relief from your troublesome acne!

By Alamo Heights Dermatology
February 01, 2016
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Acne  

Teenage AcneAcne is by far the most common skin complaint among teenagers, affecting nearly all of those between the ages of 12 and 17 at least occasionally, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. In most cases, hormones released during puberty are responsible for the appearance of blemishes during the teen years. These hormones stimulate the skin's sebaceous (oil) glands, producing oily skin that is more prone to breakouts. Because teens are extremely conscious of their image and appearance, an acne outbreak can be emotionally devastating.

While hormonal changes during puberty cause many types of acne to be unavoidable, with a diligent skincare regimen, many teens can help control breakouts from becoming severe, minimize the appearance of blemishes and prevent scarring.

  • Keep skin clean. Teens produce more oil, so it's important to wash your face every day with warm water and a mild cleanser to remove excess surface oils and dead skin cells. Always remove makeup before going to bed to avoid clogging pores.
  • Avoid over washing. Harsh scrubbing can lead to dry, irritated skin, which can actually increase inflammation and trigger glands to produce more oil.
  • Don't pick. Squeezing and picking at acne can make breakouts worse. Picking at blemishes can also lead to greater inflammation and infection, increasing the risk for scarring.
  • Keep hands off. Avoid touching your face throughout the day, as your hands carry bacteria.
  • Use oil-free products. Avoid oil-based makeup. Instead, look for products that are noncomedogenic or non-acnegenic.
  • Shower after sports or physical activities. Sweat and oil can settle on the skin's surface, trapping dirt and bacteria in the pores.
  • Visit your dermatologist. Most cases of mild acne can be controlled and improved with a good skincare routine at home. If your skin problems persist, visit your dermatologist for professional treatment.

Being a teenager is tough enough without having to worry about breakouts. The good news is that effective treatments are available for acne - and the earlier treatment is started, the lower a teen's risk of lasting physical and emotional damage. When home care is not helping, talk to a dermatologist about treatment options. Your dermatologist can help tailor a treatment plan that is best for a teen's unique skin type and needs.