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Medical Acne Treatment in Santa Barbara

Acne is a very common condition that affects great deal of people. Acne is a form of skin damage that is caused due to plugged hair follicles and oil glands with resultant inflammation. All the oil, dead skin cells, and dirt accumulates over your skin surface and clogs the pores, creating pimples and/or small localized infections. The good news is that there are multiple types of treatments that you can include in your lifestyle and get rid of acne for good.

If you’re looking for effective acne treatments, then you’re in luck because we’ve discussed some of the most effective treatments there are.

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Topical Treatments

Here are four topical treatments that can help with acne:

1. Retinoids

Topical retinoids affect skin growth & skin shedding, clearing up moderate to severe acne. You can combine retinoids with other treatment products such as benzoyl peroxide to eliminate excess oil and bacteria and/or antibiotics to inhibit the growth of bacteria.

2. Benzoyl Peroxide

Benzoyl peroxide treatment is usually recommended for mild acne. It usually takes at least four weeks to start working, and you’d need to continuously apply it to keep the acne away. Just like other treatments, benzoyl peroxide doesn’t influence the production of sebum (oil) or skin cells shedding. However, the acne starts showing up again once you stop applying it. You can find benzoyl peroxide in many forms such as creams, lotions, cleansing pads, gels, etc. Your doctor can recommend the best form for your skin.

3. Sulfur

Sulfur is usually used in combination with other substances such as salicylic acid (or any other prescribed medication). Sulfur can also help to prevent the skin pores from clogging and also limit bacteria growth.

4. Topical antibiotics

There are a range of topical antibiotics in creams, gel, or solution form to help treat the bacteria and inflammation implicated in acne. They are effective in combination with benzoyl peroxide or retinoids.

Oral Medications

Here are three oral medications for acne treatment:

1. Oral antibiotics

These daily antibiotic pills are made to help you fight the bacteria & infection from inside. The options available include minocycline, doxycycline, and tetracycline. Oral antibiotics are effective for controlling flares and allowing time for topical medications to take effect, but ideally are not for long-term use.

2. Spironolactone

This medication works well for women with mild to moderate acne. Many women have a hormonal component to their acne, and this treatment targets hormone receptors to effectively block stimulation of sebaceous glands and decrease sebum (oil) production. Spironolactone can also be combined with oral contraceptive pills.

3. Isotretinoin pills

This treatment is best suited for people with severe cystic acne. Isotretinoin is a strong retinoid medication that helps regulate the amount of oil secreted by sebaceous glands by reducing the size of the glands. Along with the regulation of oil secretion, it helps to regulate the amount of skin cell turnover so the release of bacteria doesn’t get blocked. Isotretinoin pills is the last resort if other acne medications don’t work out.

Other treatments

1. Photodynamic Therapy

PDT utilizes a combination of laser energy that’s directed at the skin after it has been treated with a photosensitizing agent. It’s effective against moderate to severe acne and shrinks oil-producing glands. This form of therapy is becoming more & more popular as an acne treatment, especially for people whose acne damage is severe and does not respond to other forms of treatment.

2. Chemical Peels

Chemical peels can help exfoliate dead skin cells, reduce oil, and rejuvenate the look and feel of the skin. Chemical peels can be customized to fit the needs of each individual and address a myriad of common skin problems.

Contact Our Office

The Center for Dermatology Care in Santa Barbara is dedicated to helping patients see the best their skin has to offer. If you’re interested in learning more about acne treatments in the Santa Barbara area, contact our office to schedule your initial consultation today.



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