Acne

Advanced Dermatology offers a wide array of effective treatments and products to clear acne prone skin.  Solutions to treat acne include oral and topical prescription products, laser/light procedures and photodynamic therapy, over the counter acne products from skinfo and hormonal therapies are available to treat mild, moderate, severe and cystic acne for men, women and teens.

Use this chart to help map what kind of acne you may have and what treatments may be best for you.

Topical/Oral Prescriptions
Topical Acne Agents: Topical acne agents are applied on the skin to treat mild acne. They contain medicines, which control acne on the surface but may not treat the actual cause beneath the skin. These topical agents are categorized as either antibacterial or comedolytic (unclogging pores.) They may contain antibiotics that destroy or inhibit the growth of bacteria that form the pustules or they may contain agents that help renew the skin more quickly and therefore reduce acne.

Oral prescriptions: Antibiotics, hormone modulators (hormone therapy), and Isotretinoin (Accutane) are taken everyday and can be effective in treating acne by improving current acne breakouts and preventing reoccurrences.

Light/Laser
Isolaz Laser Treatments: use suction and intense pulsed light to clear acne and clean pores, making them smaller and less noticeable. Approved for both inflammatory and non-inflammatory acne. Similar to other acne procedures, Isolaz treats acne with light energy however, unlike other procedures; it also uses a gentle vacuum to draw up dirt, blackheads, and excessive oil from your pores. Isolaz may be used alone or in combination with medications.

Photodynamic therapy: (Also called “PDT”) is the use of light or laser energy to act against skin disease including acne and inflammatory rosacea. Often used for moderate to severe acne, including cystic. A prescription liquid called Levulan is applied to the skin and a laser activates the medication. The combination of Levulan and light not only treats the diseased skin cells or glands, it also makes the skin healthier, smooth, and clear, possibly even preventing skin cancer.

Light/laser treatment: Omnilux Light Therapy uses blue, red and infrared light to kill bacteria and quiet inflammation. There is no pain or downtime with this treatment.

Hormonal Therapy/Isotretinoin (Accutane)
Hormonal therapy: An oral medication that minimizes hormonal fluctuations and controls acne. Medications include some oral contraceptive pills, spironolactone, and hormone replacement therapy. Typically reserved for treating women when acne develops around or after menopause. This therapy is more likely to be prescribed when the condition is accompanied by mood swings, insomnia, and anxiety, thinning hair, and decreased verbal skills.

Isotretinoin (may also be called Accutane) is often used for severe acne (deep, painful cysts and nodules) is resistant to other types of treatments and can leave permanent scars if not treated. With just one treatment, Isotretinoin can permanently clear the skin. One treatment typically lasts 4 to 5 months. However there is the potential for serious side effects. About 85% of patients see permanent clearing after one treatment.

In-office procedures
Clear pore facial: Also called “Acne Facials.” A non-consultative service (no need to see a physician before seeking this option) that combines the latest skin care ingredients to cleanse, exfoliate and treat acne prone skin conditions. The service also helps to prevent future breakouts and may also make the skin appear younger.

Chemical Peels: The application of a chemical substance (such as glycolic acid (AHA) or salicylic acid (BHA) that exfoliates the surface of the skin. Usually scheduled as a series, the goal of the treatment is to improve the appearance of superficial lines and uneven pigmentation of the skin. This treatment is often used to open pores, improve acne scars and reduce breakouts. Other outcomes include softer and smoother looking skin.