Drugstore products aren't the only options if you have acne. Your Bethlehem, PA, dermatologists at Zaladonis Dermatology Associates, Dr. Joseph Zaladonis, Dr. Mary Hutchins and Dr. Veronica Rutt, offer a variety of treatments that will help clear your skin.
Acne treatment options
Your skin doctors at the Bethlehem dermatology office may recommend one or more of these acne treatments:
- Topical Medications: Prescription-strength topical medications, like adapalene, tretinoin and tazarotene, speed skin cell turnover, which unblocks clogged pores. The medication is applied to your skin nightly and can help you avoid acne flare-ups.
- Antibiotics: Your dermatologist may recommend antibiotics in addition to topical medication. Topical or oral antibiotics kill p. acnes bacteria on your skin that cause redness and inflammation.
- Isotretinoin: If you have stubborn or severe acne that hasn't responded to other treatments, isotretinoin may be an option. Since the medication can cause liver damage and birth defects, you'll need frequent blood tests during your treatment. If you're female, you'll need to use a reliable method of birth control.
- Chemical Peels: Chemical peels remove the outer layers of the skin that contain pimples and can also improve the appearance of shallow acne scars.
- Microdermabrasion: During this treatment, your skin doctor uses a handheld device to remove the outer layers of the skin. The device produces a fine spray of crystals that exfoliate your skin.
- Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) Therapy: IPL is a type of laser therapy that targets the glands that produce skin oils. The therapy shrinks the glands and makes acne scars less noticeable.
Do you have stubborn acne? Call your dermatologists in Bethlehem, PA, Dr. Zaladonis, Dr. Hutchins and Dr. Rutt of Zaladonis Dermatology Associates, at (610) 868-3150 to schedule your appointment.