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By Boulevard Dermatology
June 27, 2018
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Acne  

Tired of acne? Acne is the most common skin condition in the United States. Blackheads, whiteheads, pimples, cysts, and nodules are all acnetypes of acne. Dermatologists are able to provide customized advice and treatment options for acne sufferers. Dr. Deirdre Wood at Boulevard Dermatology, in Philadelphia, PA, offers several acne treatment options. Here are five acne treatment options that you should know about.

1. Antibiotics 

Oral or topical antibiotics may be prescribed by your dermatologist for the treatment of acne. Antibiotics are an effective treatment for stubborn acne. Antibiotics work by destroying skin bacteria and reducing redness. Topical antibiotics are often combined with benzoyl peroxide to prevent antibiotic resistance.

2. Tretinoin

Tretinoin solution, cream, and gel is a medication prescribed to treat acne. Tretinoin unclogs pores and promotes peeling of affected skin areas. It promotes healing of pimples that develop and prevents new pimples from forming. Tretinoin is usually used daily at bedtime or once every 2 or 3 days. Follow the directions on your prescription label carefully. Use tretinoin exactly as directed.

3. Extraction

Blackheads and whiteheads can be successfully treated with acne extraction. Acne extraction is a procedure that is done in a doctor's office, using sterile tools to get rid of blackheads and whiteheads. The procedure involves extracting whiteheads or blackheads using a blade and an instrument, such as a comedone extractor. This allows the medication to be applied to the opened pores to encourage healing.

4. Salicylic Acid

Topical salicylic acid is used to help clear blemishes and prevent future breakouts. Salicylic acid is also sometimes used to for warts, dandruff, psoriasis, corns, and other skin conditions. Salicylic acid is a keratolytic. It helps to unclog pores and causes shedding of the outer layer of skin. It must be used continuously because its effects stop when you stop using it. Use salicylic acid exactly as directed.

5. Benzoyl Peroxide

Benzoyl peroxide is a medicine that is used to treat mild to moderate acne. Benzoyl peroxide decreases the skin's oil production and destroys the bacteria that cause acne breakouts. Benzoyl peroxide is a powerful ingredient that is effective against all kinds of acne lesions (whiteheads, blackheads, and pimples). Benzoyl peroxide comes in a cleansing bar or liquid, cream, gel, and lotion for use on the skin. You'll work with your Philadelphia, PA, dermatologist to figure out which treatment is best for you.

Zits, pimples, whiteheads, blackheads —you don't have to live with them! Call Boulevard Dermatology in Philadelphia, PA at 267-731-1333 today to schedule an appointment.