It can be frustrating dealing with acne breakouts. The good news is you can put them behind you. David Zweiback, DO, is an acne expert, and he treats all cases of chronic and temporary acne at Dr. David Zweiback in Vorhees, NJ.
Change your skin care routine
If you're dealing with a mild case of acne, over-the-counter treatments might be enough to clear up your skin. Try products that contain salicylic acid or sulfur. These ingredients can dry up oily sebum in your skin. You can also try using retinol, which can keep your follicles unclogged. Furthermore, wash your skin twice a day, and avoid touching or popping pimples when you have an outbreak.
Acne is related to your androgen hormone levels. That's why zits often start to appear during puberty, and why breakouts in women can correlate to their menstrual cycles. Hormone therapy treatments, including hormonal birth control for women, can alleviate acne in many patients.
Dr. Zweiback offers several in-office therapies that can help acne-prone skin.
Facials work to control several of the factors involved in outbreaks. A facial can unclog your follicles, remove surface skin to reveal healthy new skin, and dry up excess oil. The bacteria on your skin — which can contribute to outbreaks and inflammation — can also be reduced with a facial.
Microneedling can help many patients with acne. During your procedure, Dr. Zweiback uses an instrument with tiny needles to give your skin tiny, controlled micro-injuries. Your body then responds to these small wounds by generating collagen to rebuild your skin. In the days following your procedure, your skin will become healthier and less prone to outbreaks.
Laser therapy can reduce the presence of harmful bacteria on your skin. Additionally, laser therapy can smooth the scars left behind by past acne outbreaks.
In cases of stubborn acne, prescription medications are available. Dr. Zweiback may prescribe topical retinoids, such as isotretinoin, to manage and prevent severe acne. The medication can remove dead skin cells and reduce inflammation.
Dr. Zweiback may also prescribe a topical antibiotic, such as erythromycin or clindamycin, to control the growth of bacteria on your skin.
If you have acne and want help clearing it up, book an appointment online or over the phone with Dr. David Zweiback today. Dr. Zweiback and his team will give you a thorough evaluation and put you on the path to clear skin.