‘Tis the season for looking your best!
However, for some individuals, this time of year can also increase awareness of conditions such as acne vulgaris.
Acne bumps are those pesky eruptions on your face, chest, and back that can definitely raise anxiety levels, causing some people to pick or excoriate the lesions.
Varying types of acne exist, including tiny black and whiteheads called comedones.
Inflammatory acne lesions are increased numbers of painful pustules or bigger bumps.
Hormonal acne can vary with the menstrual cycle and is usually around the chin area.
Lastly, cystic acne lesions are painful lumps underneath the skin.
Some of these acne types can cause scarring, which should cause a patient to seek treatment as soon as possible.
Just as there are different types of acne, treatments are varying and individualized.
Over-the-counter treatments mainly consist of benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid topicals.
Many prescriptions medications can be used, including tretinoin (retinoid creams), topical antibiotics and washes, and even oral antibiotics for inflammatory lesions.
Oral contraceptive pills and spironolactone are hormonal treatments that exist for women.
Lastly, isotretinoin is an oral medication that can be used as a cure for acne in specific cases.
Sometimes, the toughest aspect can be getting the insurance company to approve the medications, or simply finding one at the most cost-effective price.
Many of the acne medications can be drying, especially in the winter. The success of a treatment plan depends on patient compliance as well. Treatments can take up to 12 weeks for results and then can be modified: so it’s a marathon, and not a sprint, to clear skin!
Aestheticians can also help by performing facials and salicylic acid peels.
See your Board-Certified Dermatologist today to start a specific treatment plan for you or your family member this holiday season!