Minneapolis Acne Treatment:
Acne is a very common condition, which affects more than 70% of people at some point in their lives. At Tareen Dermatology, we specialize in the treatment of both acne and acne scars. We are fortunate to have Lauren Sundick, PA-C as a member of our team; Lauren specializes in the treatment of difficult-to-treat acne and removal of permanent acne scars.
What causes acne?
There are 4 main factors that contribute to the development of acne. Acne treatments must address one or more of these causative factors, in order to be effective at treating acne.
These contributing factors include:
- Plugged follicles and overactive sebaceous (oil) glands
- Bacteria that live on the skin (Propionobacteria acnes)
- Hormonal imbalances
- Generalized skin inflammation
How is acne treated?
Acne is treated in a variety of ways. It is important to visit an acne specialist promptly when acne presents, in order to get rid of acne quickly and prevent permanent acne scars from forming. The most effective acne treatment are topical and oral prescription medications, chemical peels for acne, medical extractions, and laser treatments for acne.
What are the best prescription acne treatments?
The most effective prescription acne treatments are the following:
- Topical retinoids (ex. Retin-A, tretinoin, Differin, and Tazorac): Topical retinoids regulate skin cell turnover and prevent abnormal follicular plugging, which can otherwise lead to the formation of acne.
- Topical antibacterial medications (ex. clindamycin, Benzaclin, Acanya, benzoyl peroxide): These medications decrease the acne-causing p. acnes bacteria on the skin.
- Oral antibiotics (ex. Solodyn, doxycycline): Oral antibiotics kill the acne-causing p. acnes bacteria on the skin and can be particularly helpful when used to treat deeper cysts or moderate to severe acne.
- Hormonal treatments (ex. oral contraceptive pills, spironolactone): Many women experience acne on their lower face, jawline, chin, and back that correlates with their menstrual cycle. It is very common for women in their 20’s, 30’s and even 40’s to have a hormonal component to their acne. By suppressing the androgenic influence (the influence of the ‘male’ hormone) on the skin, we can prevent these monthly flares. More and more women are experiencing hormonal breakouts, particularly of cystic acne, which can be addressed with a combination of hormonal treatments and other acne treatments.
- Isotretinoin (more commonly known as Accutane): Isotretinoin addresses all of the causes of acne, though it is reserved for use in patients with severe acne that does not respond to other treatments.
How do chemical peels help acne?
Chemical peels for acne, such as salicylic acid peels, clean out plugged follicles that attract acne-causing bacteria. We find that chemical peels for acne help to clear acne more quickly than prescription treatments alone and also help to diminish the appearance of reddish mark and dark spots from old acne.
What can I do at home for acne treatment?
In addition to the treatments that we recommend, many patients find that adding the Clarisonic brush to their cleaning routine helps to clear acne more quickly than medications alone. Studies have shown that the Clarisonic brush cleans out the pores six times more effectively than traditional cleansing! Tareen Dermatology offers the Clarisonic Pro and Clarisonic Mia cleansing brushes for our patients.
How can you get rid of acne scars?
Atrophic (or ‘pitted’) acne scars result from improper healing of the skin after inflammatory acne resolves. These scars can be improved subtly using topical prescription retinoids, which stimulate collagen production in the skin. The best way to achieve dramatic improvement of acne scars is with fractional CO2 laser resurfacing treatment. This treatment ablates the scarred surface of the skin, and stimulates collagen production to smooth out the acne scars. Most patients see 50-75% improvement in their acne scars after only one treatment.
How can you get rid of a pimple quickly?
Cortisone injections are the secret of models and movie stars! Dr. Tareen and Lauren Sundick both used cortisone injections to prepare many of their celebrity patients in New York City for big red carpet events. A tiny amount of dilute triamcinolone (a cortisone-like medication) can be injected directly into the unwanted cyst. The medication immediately decreases the inflammation of the pimple and flattens out pimples and cysts within 24-48 hours.
What are the best treatments for adult acne?
Adult acne is not uncommon!
Patients with adult acne can benefit from many acne treatments, depending on the type of acne that they are experiencing. Prescription strength retinoids not only treat acne, but they have anti-aging effects as well. Many of our female patients benefit from addressing the hormonal influences that lead to the development of acne during the adult years. Prescription medications, such as spironolactone and oral contraceptive pills, decrease the androgenic hormone influence that causes hormonal acne. Many of our adult patients prefer to use treatments that improve the appearance of marks from acne, so that they do not have to wear makeup during their daily routine. These treatments include chemical peels and the KTP laser treatment. Click here to read an interview with Dr. Tareen about adult acne. Tareen Dermatology proudly offers acne treatment to Minneapolis and the surrounding areas.
Hormonal acne in women appears to be on the rise. There are great treatments including topical and hormonal based treatments. This is not a problem that needs to be lived with, we here at Tareen Dermatology are happy to help clear your skin!
Is acne in adult women common?
The incidence of acne in adult women is on the rise. It is estimated that 51% of women ages 20- 29 experience acne. Even women in their 50s and 60s experience acne with the incidence reported to be approximately 15.3% for women through their 50s.
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