Acne occurs when the sebum (oil) glands are clogged due to the overproduction of sebum. Hormonal but also genetic factors trigger this. When more testosterone is produced during puberty, the sebum glands also produce more sebum, and the skin becomes oilier. But diet, diseases, cosmetics, or psychological reactions such as stress can also make acne worse.
Blackheads (comedones), small thickened skin (papules), pus-filled blisters (pustules), inflamed nodules, and oily skin can then develop. Acne typically occurs in regions where there are many sebum glands such as your forehead, cheeks, chin, and nose (T-zone). But the neck, back, shoulders, upper arms, and chest are also repeatedly affected by pimples.
Dr. Forsha and his team West Jordan, Utah, understand how important clear skin is to your overall well being. Pimples and scars can make you feel self-conscious or less confident.
Now is a great time to seek acne treatment with the holidays just around the corner. Don’t avoid special events because of blemishes. We offer innovative dermatological skincare to treat active acne and persistent acne scars to boost your self-esteem.
Because acne treatment is highly personalized, Dr. Forsha and the team may prescribe cosmetic treatments, laser therapy, physical extraction, or something else. Here are a few of our acne solutions:
To fight acne, our providers may prescribe oral or topical antibiotics. Antibiotics work by eliminating the bacteria on your skin that cause acne. You’ll notice reduced redness, fewer pimples, and ultimately you’ll avoid acne scarring. Although it can take many months to see improvement, you could see a difference within four to eight weeks.
Retinoids (RetinA Tretinoin)
Isotretinoin (brand name Accutane), is a vitamin A derivative that treats severe acne. It reduces the production of sebum and inhibits the inflammatory response. Due to the reduced sebum formation, there are fewer new infections with the acne bacterium.
Retinoids, chemically related to vitamin A, are often used for short-term and long-term therapy in capsule and gel form. Isotretinoin is one of the most effective retinoids. It can be used internally for severe acne and externally for milder forms and to support healing with less scarring.
Microneedling improves acne scars. This option is excellent for the regeneration and renewal of tissue once inflamed and damaged by acne. Microneedling also restores a youthful appearance, prompting the production of new, healthy collagen. Plus, microneedling does no damage to the surface of your skin (epidermis), so you can repeat treatments as necessary.
Well-being also plays a vital role in acne treatments. A healthy, vitamin-rich diet, adequate hydration, and regular exercise are essential for overall health and reducing future breakouts.
You don’t have to live with painful and embarrassing acne or scars. Call Jordan Valley Dermatology today for a consultation. Reach us at 801-335-6824, or book an appointment with Dr. Forsha online.