With hundreds of items in the acne aisle, where do you start? Here. We’ll work with you to come up with a scientifically proven, physician overseen, cost-effective treatment regimen that works. We traditionally think of acne as occurring during our teenage years, and if that’s you, we’re here to help. But frequently acne affects adults well beyond our pubescent years. Multiple factors lead to the development of acne – dead skin cells clog our pores, excessive oil production accumulates, bacteria thrive, and inflammation occurs. Hormones play a strong role in oil development as well. Luckily there are many tools in our armamentarium to combat these changes, from prescription strength creams, lotions or washes, oral antibiotics, medications aimed at the hormonal component of acne, isotretinoin (a vitamin-A derivative that can be effective for more severe acne), light treatments and chemical peels. Our goal is to find the level of treatment that is most appropriate for your acne, keeping in mind your personal preferences and lifestyle, and ultimately to get your skin clear. We’ll then work together to keep your skin clear and address any scarring that may have resulted from prior acne.
Rosacea may mimic acne, but it is a different condition that typically affects us after the age of 30. Symptoms include redness and flushing on the cheeks, chin and forehead, as well as acne-like red bumps. Some people may develop enlargement and textural changes on the nose, called rhinophyma. Rosacea can also involve the eyes, leading to redness or a gritty sensation. Newer medications and procedures are constantly being developed to address the many components of rosacea. Our treatment regimen may include changes in how you’re caring for your skin, prescription creams, or oral pills to combat the symptoms that bother you most. We can address rhinophyma changes to your nose with oral pills as well as surgical treatments. Laser treatments and creams are available to diminish the redness.