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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.

Living with acne is hard at any age, but especially for teenagers. Let’s face it, kids are mean! Pizza face, Zitty McPimpleson, Scar Face, the name calling alone can be hard to handle. As a parent it is important for you take notice in your teen’s appearance and social struggles. Their lives are hard enough as it is without having to worry about being the butt of someone’s acne joke. Take a look below to see what you could be doing to support your teen with acne.  

Tell them they are not alone in this! They are totally normal!   

It is very normal for teenagers to suffer through acne flare-ups. If your teen is suffering, let them know they are not alone in this! In fact, it is estimated that over 80% of people ages 11-30 have acne breakouts at some point. [1] It is important for your teen to know that you understand what they are going through. Many teens have that attitude that no one gets them, and no one could possibly know how they are feeling. It doesn’t have to be this way with their acne! Even if their peers aren’t going through it as bad as they are, everyone has their breakout days!

Try to reduce stress

As an adult it can be hard to relate to the stresses that teens go through on a daily basis. While they may not be working full time jobs or raising kids, teens have a ton of stress on them regularly and stress can be a very powerful acne trigger. If your teen is suffering from acne try to help them relax! Exams, romantic interests, friendships, extracurricular activities can all add up equaling one big ball of teenage angst. Try talking with them. See what is most stressful for them and what you can do to help them. Maybe even suggest a morning yoga routine together so you can both relax, you deserve it! 

Watch for signs of Depression

Physical appearance is very important in a teenager’s life. If they feel like they are different than everyone else, or if they are constantly made fun of, it is likely they will suffer from low self-esteem. The longer your teen is suffering from acne the more likely it is for this to occur. It is important for parents to notice these changes in behavior and be on the lookout for signs that point to depression

Give your teen the option of talking to the doctor alone.

Last, but certainly not least, take your teen to their dermatologist! A lot of times over the counter medications are not enough and medical intervention could work wonders for them. It is important for you to allow your teen the option of discussing their issues with the doctor alone. There may be some things they are not comfortable talking about in front of you, and that is perfectly normal. Giving your teen the freedom they need to talk openly may make all the difference for them. If your teen is suffering from acne schedule their appointment with Alamo Heights Dermatology today!



February 22, 2019
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When we think about our skin, usually things like acne, psoriasis, moles, or the latest anti-aging cream come to mind. We rarely think about our skin in the big picture and the vital role it plays in our health! Here are some fun facts that put the crucial role that our skin plays into perspective!

Did you know that your skin is your largest organ? According to National Geographic, on average, adults carry 8 pounds and 22 feet of skin! It behaves like a waterproof shield that insulates and  guards the body against temperature extremes, damaging sunlight, and things like harmful chemicals.

The thickest skin on your body is on the soles of your feet and the palms of your hands. The thinnest skin is on your eyelids.

On average, skin renews itself every 27 days. In fact, each minute your skin sheds 30,000 dead cells. Certain skincare treatments, like peels, stimulates the skin's natural healing process, forcing the cells to renew themselves quicker.

Your skin is determined by melanin. Everyone has the same amount of melanin in their skin, but skin color depends on the activity of the melanin, not the amount. 7% of your skin cells are melanocytes.

Changes in your skin can sometimes signal changes in your overall health, which is why it is important to always monitor your body for any changes.

It’s important to remember the key role our skin plays in our overall health. If you detect an unusual skin spot or suspect any problem with your skin, call us to schedule an appointment. Don’t forget about the importance of an annual full skin exam! Certain forms of skin cancers can be found in areas that have never been exposed to the sun, and there are also several sun exposed areas that you may not be able to fully examine yourself. Schedule yours today at 210-255-8447.

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