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Jupiter, FL dermatologist discusses the symptoms of acne and what are some medications that can help

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Medication for Acne in FL
A cne is a common concern among many of our patients in Jupiter, FL, the good news is that it no longer has to be. At A Center for Dermatology, Cosmetic & Laser Surgery, our team has a variety of medications and treatment options that can help patients achieve healthy, clear, and blemish free skin. The effects of acne can be distressing both physically and emotionally. By offering successful treatment options, we ensure that our patients can reduce some of the anxiety, embarrassment, and depression that often accompanies acne.

What is acne?

Acne is a collection of blemishes (pimples, blackheads, whiteheads, cysts, pustules, papules) that develop because of clogged pores. When the hair follicles become clogged with oil or dead skin cells it causes inflammation in the sebaceous glands. This inflammation is what leads to acne blemishes.
The cause of acne is hard to pinpoint, because it can vary by individual. Some probable causes and triggers include:
  • Genetic predisposition
  • Diet/Nutrition
  • Environment
  • Stress
  • Hormone fluctuations
  • Cosmetics
  • Birth control
  • Humidity

Who gets acne?

Acne has long been associated with adolescence and the teenage years, but adults can still have problems with acne well into their 40s. In most cases, individuals will experience their first acne breakouts in the teen years. For young women it may be around the time of their menstrual cycle. Young men tend to develop acne more frequently and are also more impacted by scarring.
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What treatment is best for acne?

Treating acne is a highly individualized process, as it depends heavily on the individual, the cause of the acne, and how the skin responds. One of the first things we do is offer patients some suggestions for lifestyle changes that can minimize breakouts. These include:
  • Wash your face. Eliminating excess oil and dead skin cells can minimize clogged pores. Limit washing your face to twice a day and use a mild soap.
  • Moisturize. Acne medications can often dry out the skin leading to peeling. Find a noncomedogenic lotion to keep skin hydrated.
  • Over the counter medications. Certain acne products that are available over the counter can help with breakouts. Make sure they have benzoyl peroxide, glycolic acid, salicylic acid, or lactic acid.
  • Wear noncomedogenic makeup. Also make sure you keep your brushes clean and change them out regularly.
  • Avoid touching your face too much. This can spread bacteria and irritate skin that is already inflamed.
  • Eat a healthy diet. Try to consume a diet that is rich in whole grains, foods and vegetables and minimize consumption highly processed sugars and dairy which can trigger acne.

Successful Treatment Options For Acne
If these steps don’t reduce acne breakouts, medical intervention may be necessary. During a consultation, Dr. Vitulli will evaluate your acne to determine its cause and then and make treatment recommendations. Many patients benefit from a combination of treatments. They may include:
  • Oral and Topical antibiotics – These may be necessary if any infections have developed.
  • Microdermabrasion – This gentle exfoliation treatment eliminates dead cells, dirt, oil, and debris from clogged pores, which can minimize outbreaks.
  • Extraction – In some cases, extraction can be useful for hard to eliminate blemishes. The physician uses a small instrument to unclog the blocked pores.
  • Chemical Peels – Chemical peels remove the upper, damaged layer of skin to reveal clearer, smoother skin. While chemical peels don’t treat acne, they can improve the skin’s appearance after acne.
  • Laser light therapy – Laser therapy can be an effective way to improve the appearance of the skin after acne. The laser targets acne scars to reduce redness and increase collagen production to improve the scar. Laser therapy is gentle and effective on all different skin types.

If you are tired of trying to hide your acne with make-up and have had enough of the anxiety, embarrassment, and pain that comes along with acne, we would like for you to call the Jupiter, FL office of A Center for Dermatology, Cosmetic & Laser Surgery to schedule an acne evaluation. Our team has years of experience helping patients enjoy clearer skin with safe and effective medications, topical creams, cosmetic treatment, and at home care. Let us perform a thorough analysis so we can come up with an individualized treatment plan that will work for you as quickly as possible.

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I started seeing Dr. Vitulli a few years ago because of my fair skin and frequent cases of skin cancer. He and his staff have always made me feel very comfortable, they are very informative and spend time with me to ensure I understand everything. Dr. Vitulli is a very kind and caring physician and educates patients in preventive care. His bedside manner is fabulous!"

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