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Patients of all ages seek out acne treatments in Philadelphia. At Keystone Dermatology Partners, we provide several treatment options, and the right choice for you will depend on factors like skin type and your acne’s degree of severity. Acne is a common issue, especially in cities with high pollution levels and dirt. Acne is not just aesthetically displeasing, it is also a precursor to issues like infection and acne scars. Treating acne correctly is vital.

Chemical Peels

Chemical peels help to remove layers of dead and damaged skin cells, revealing the healthy and unblemished skin underneath. They are quite effective for unclogging pores and treating oily skin, resulting in a reduction in acne. Peels can also soften the appearance of acne scars.

Many variations of peels are available, each of which is specialized to treat certain skin issues. Peels also come in superficial, medium, and deep strengths (referring to the degree of penetration into the skin layers).

When a chemical peel is applied by an experienced medical professional, it is very safe. It is essential to follow pre- and post-treatment care instructions carefully to achieve best results.

Prescription Creams

Prescription creams are a type of topical acne treatment that helps in cleaning out the pores by removing the dirt and bacteria that cause acne. Prescriptions creams are not to be used during pregnancy and must be used as directed.

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Manual Extractions

Manual extraction is a process that removes acne from the skin through the use of specialized sterile medical instruments. These tools include a precise blade and a comedone extractor, which is an instrument that creates pressure to remove solids or fluids from inside the pimple. It is not typically used for inflamed acne.

Cortisone Shots

To help reduce the amount of inflammation, pain and swelling around cystic acne, dermatologists often inject a more diluted form of corticosteroid. This is injected directly into the cyst.

This treatment is reserved for the more tender and swollen types of cysts that are not responding to typical therapies. It is effective in shrinking nodules and cysts.

Topical Retinoids

Topical retinoids are a type of medication used to help control comedonal acne (blackheads and whiteheads). They are also referred to as retinoic acid or vitamin A acid. Topical retinoids are available in the form of a gel, ointment, cream, or foam that is to be applied directly to the skin. They promote exfoliation of skin cells and boost the production of new skin cells.

Antibiotics

Antibiotics for acne treatment are available as prescription drugs. They help reduce oil formation and infection by treating the bacteria responsible for acne formation. Antibiotics take a few weeks to months to remove acne.

Isotretinoin

Isotretinoin capsules are a type of retinoid medication used to treat severe forms of acne. The capsules reduce oil formation in the skin and remove the buildup of bacteria. The capsules start working after a few weeks of regular use.

Spironolactone

Spironolactone is a diuretic medicine that helps reduce the water level in the body. It is recommended as an acne treatment for women; for men, spironolactone is known to cause a reduction in testosterone.

Lightening Creams for Acne Dark Spots

After acne treatment, a common issue is the marks left behind. Using lightening cream to reduce dark spots can be helpful. Lightening creams are made up of strong compounds that essentially clear away dark pigments and spots from the face.

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If you have had trouble addressing acne effectively, contact Keystone Dermatology Partners to learn more about our acne treatments in Philadelphia. Our skin experts can recommend the best treatment option for you.

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