Acne Treatments Based on Type and Severity Of Acne in Dallas and Southlake
Most individuals who have had acne for some time know the following facts:
- Not all acne is the same.
- One type of acne treatment may not work for all even if acne lesions look comparable.
- The same acne treatment which work for you in the past may stop working.
- For most people with acne, any single treatment is not likely to eradicate it for good.
- If acne is not adequately managed in time, it can lead to scarring which may be severe and permanent.
Acne Types and Severity:
Acne is one of the most common skin diseases in the United States. Acne develops most commonly during the teenage years and the early in early 20s for most people. Some people get acne breakouts later in their age, This type of acne is either adult onset acne or hormonal acne. Acne is caused by an excess production of oil in the sebaceous glands that reside within our skin and have the function of keeping our skin moisturized and protected from harsh environmental factors. Acne presents in many degrees of severity from mild to severe. The acne lesions in different types and severity of acne vary from occasional breakouts, blackheads, whiteheads to nodules, painful deep cysts and nodulo-cystic lesions.
Best Acne Treatment Plan:
While no one treatment works for all and the same treatment may stop working for you over a period of time, we have found that the best acne treatment plan includes a comprehensive analysis of your skin, your lifestyle, the factors that make your acne worse or better, your acne type and severity, your prior treatment history and your response to the treatment. A well rounded acne treatment plan should also include scar prevention and scar reduction strategy.
Who Gets Acne?
Acne affects all ages, races and genders. Hereditary predisposition is a factor in acne. Hormonal changes, instability of hormones, stress, diet, physical activity, use of restrictive clothing or headband can all contribute to acne.
60 million Americans have active acne. majority of acne patients are between the ages of 12 to 24. 85% of acne sufferers develop acne scarring to some degree. 25% will have permanent acne scarring which can vary from mild and superficial to deep and severe.
The American Dermatologist Association finds that:
20% of all adults have active acne
60 million Americans have active acne
20 million Americans have acne badly enough to cause scars.
Only 11% of acne sufferers seek help
Acne is considered a social taboo.
What Causes Acne?
The process of acne starts with excess production of (usually) thicker than normal oil by your sebaceous glands. The oil plugs the sebaceous gland leading to formation of a comedone, secondary bacterial growth of p.acnes sets in causing inflammation which is evident as the painful, red, swollen pimple. The different sizes and number of this lesion determine acne severity. Most topical acne medications cause excessive skin dryness and irritation, which leads to inflammation and hence the cycle continues to repeat itself.
Causes of excess oil production and acne include one or more of the following:
- Genetic predisposition
- Hormonal fluctuations
- Mechanical irritation from non breathable clothing, head bands etc.
- Inflammatory Skin Products
- Medication Side Effect
- Environmental factors, humidity, heat, excess sweating etc.
What Treatments Work Best For Acne?
Acne treatments work best when they address the exacerbating factors. Your acne treatment in Dallas and Southlake starts with a Physician consultation to determine the best course of action for your skin needs. Since acne is an inflammatory condition our goal is to reduce inflammation for best long term results. We use one or more of the following modalities for acne management for our patients for treatment of mild to moderate inflammatory acne. We do not offer treatment for nodular and nodulo-cystic acne.
- Lifestyle modification
- Acne Fighting Supplements
- Acne Fighting Medicated Skincare
- Mechanical Exfoliation with Micrrodermabrasion
- Light Chemical Peels
- Oral Medication for Hormonal Acne
- Short Term Oral Antibiotics
For most patients the acne treatment plan includes two phases:
- Acne Treatment Phase
- Acne Free Maintenance Phase
What is The Cost Of Acne Treatments In Dallas And Southlake?
The cost of initial physician consultation is $100.
The cost of your acne treatments varies with the type of your acne and your response to the acne treatment. We can give you an idea of the cost at the time of your consultation. Most people see an improvement in 3-4 months after following the acne treatment plan. We re-evaluate your response frequently and adjust your treatment to meet the goals of your treatment.
If you have suffered form acne and would like a consultation for acne treatment in Dallas or Southlake, please call 888-210-9693 for an appointment.