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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.

By Boulevard Dermatology
October 03, 2017
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Acne  

Dr. Deirdre Wood, the dermatologist at Boulevard Dermatology in Northeast Philadelphia, PA, understands what it means to have acne. acneAbout 5 percent of adults and 80 percent of adolescents suffer from acne, which can cripple an individual's confidence.

More About Acne

The secretion of sebum from sebaceous glands is a natural process. This oil gland is meant to provide your skin with the moisture it needs, but this isn't always the case. The sebum moves from the root of the hair follicle to the top, where the surface of the skin is located. When you're suffering from acne, the sebum doesn't reach the surface of the skin and, instead, creates a blockage, which consists of sebum and dead cells.

Whiteheads are formed when the opening of the hair follicle is completely blocked. Blackheads, on the other hand, are formed when the hair follicle's pore is still open. The inflammation of whiteheads and blackheads can produce red pustules that, when inflamed, lead to the scarring of the skin.


Treating acne isn't easy and your Northeast Philadelphia dermatologist knows. So here are a few techniques that may help you out:

  • If your acne is only mild, Benzoyl Peroxide may help in reducing the blockage of the skin pores.
  • Your hair follicles are susceptible to infections, which is why antibiotics, both oral and topical, may be important to consider.
  • Using sources of Vitamin A, such as tretinoin, helps exfoliate your blocked pores.
  • Some people may use a metal instrument which can remove and extract whiteheads and blackheads manually or by force.

Acne Scars

Unfortunately, no matter how much you may try to keep your skin healthy and eliminate acne, scars may develop. This shouldn't worry you though. Modern technology has several techniques to help reduce or eliminate those scars.

Here are some procedures your dermatologist provides:

  • Microneedling
  • Chemical peels
  • Laser Skin Treatment

For more information on acne, acne scars and the various acne treatments, don't hesitate to call your Northeast Philadelphia, PA, dermatologist.

By Boulevard Dermatology
December 10, 2015
Category: Skin Conditions
Tags: Acne  

Whether you're 16 or 61, no one wants to suffer from an embarrassing and unsightly case of acne. Unfortunately, acne can be difficult to treat as it keeps coming back. However, that doesn't mean you have to give up hope altogether. Here are five common treatments Deirdre Wood, MD, PC, your trusted dermatologist at Boulevard Dermatology in Northeast Philadelphia, routinely recommends.Acne

1. At-Home Treatments

If your acne is mild or infrequent, you may be able to clear it up with a few simple at-home treatments or preventative measures. For example, you can wash your face every night before bed to completely remove all make-up, dirt and debris, but be careful not to wash more than twice a day. Keep your hair pulled off of your face and choose make-up that is labeled non-comedogenic. Do not pick at your acne.

2. Over-the-Counter Medications

When choosing an over-the-counter acne treatment, look for products containing benzoyl peroxide, as this has been shown to be the most effective in treating acne. Avoid overuse of products that dry your skin, as this drying effect can cause your skin to produce extra oil to compensate.

3. Prescription Medications

If your acne is moderate to severe and simple over-the-counter treatments haven't helped, talk to your dermatologist in Northeast Philadelphia about trying a prescription acne medication. Common prescription medications include topical retinoids and antibiotics, birth control pills, azelaic acid and isotretinoin tablets.

4. Chemical Peels

Unfortunately, medications--even prescription medications--can take months to show a positive effect. If you would like beautiful skin faster, you may want to consider a chemical peel. With a chemical peel, your Northeast Philadelphia dermatologist will apply a chemical solution to your face, which will cause your skin to peel off, revealing new skin underneath.

5. Light Therapy

While more research still needs to be done on light therapy, many people have used it already with much success. Light therapy attacks the bacteria that live in the pores and cause inflammation. Reduce this bacteria and your acne may clear up on its own.

If you are tired of being embarrassed by your acne-prone skin, take steps today to clear up your acne once and for all. Call Dr. Wood at Boulevard Dermatology in Northeast Philadelphia and find out how a visit to a qualified dermatologist can help you get the beautiful, radiant skin you desire.