Acne is commonly found in teenagers but occurs in children and adults as well. This skin condition is marked by blackheads, whiteheads, pimples, and other bumps and lumps and skin defects. They come about because the hair follicle is stopped up by dead skin cells mixed with body oils. Dermatologists offer various treatments for this skin condition.
There are many over-the-counter treatments that can help pimples and other cases. Nonetheless, a dermatologist can diagnose the type and severity of each acne case and recommend the best course of action to combat it. Also, a dermatologist can help when the over-the-counter treatments don't work or a patient has a severe case that needs professional guidance.
The type of medication used as treatment will depend on each case. A dermatologist may rely on topical treatments to apply to the skin. Different types perform actions such as cutting down on body oils or fighting bacteria on the skin. An over-the-counter treatment might help or the doctor might suggest a prescription option. The skin doctor may instead recommend oral medications, such as birth control or antibiotics, to control the zits when they are red and inflamed.
A dermatologist can also perform certain procedures to get pustules under control on the face and body. The doctor could do a drainage and extraction procedure to take care of a prominent acne cyst. Other options include light therapy, such as lasers, to cut down on bacteria or chemical peels for papules or blackheads. The doctor would determine whether topical medications or procedures would be best for each case of acne. The dermatologist could also perform procedures to reduce acne scars.
At Dermatology Surgical and Medical, we accept most major medical insurance plans. Here is a short-list of just some of the most popular plans we accept. Please contact our office if you do not see your insurance provider listed below. Please note that we currently DO NOT accept any HMO insurance plans or Medi-Cal.