What is Acne?
Acne is one of the most common skin conditions in the U.S., affecting approximately 60 million people each year. While many cases are mild and can be controlled with medication, and a consistent at-home cleansing regimen, millions have it severe enough where scarring can occur. Acne generally is a combination of pimples, "zits", whiteheads, blackheads, small cysts, and other red, itchy, and inflamed areas on the skin. Caused by a combination of clogged pores, dead skin cells, and bacteria, it is most often seen in teenagers, but can affect adults well into their 40s. Acne most commonly appears on the face, chest, and back. To get the skin back to a healthy, glowing appearance, our team of board-certified dermatologists at Snyder Dermatology can offer numerous treatment options, ranging from custom at-home cleansing systems, to medications and laser treatments.
Acne Treatment Reviews
"I've had nothing but a great experience with Dr. Parker. I came to her almost a year ago with problematic skin and after a month or so of treatment my skin was clear! I am extremely happy with my experience here at Snyder Dermatology and of course with my new clear skin!"- M.G. / Yelp / Dec 02, 2019
"I’ve had nothing but a great experience with Dr. Parker. I came to her almost a year ago with problematic skin and after a month or so of treatment my skin was clear! I am extremely happy with my experience here at Snyder Dermatology and of course with my new clear skin!"- M.G. / Yelp / Dec 02, 2019
"I went with Ned Snyder for a procedure. I was happy with him and his staff. Surgery day and aftercare was well communicated and I was happy with the results! I liked him so much I thought it was a no brainer for my dermatology needs to go to his wife Dr. Snyders dermo practice (in the same office!). Same nice and informative staff. Happy I found two great doctors in one office."- J.E. / Google / Oct 03, 2019
"I can say that I’ve never been more happy to write a review as I type this!This is based on my recent experience with Dr. Foley for a dermatology appointment for skin & hair. Dr. Foley did 3 things well: Solutions-oriented, Education, & Bedside Manner.Solutions-oriented - I went to a previous "specialist" to get my hair and skin issue resolved. She prescribed me a bacterial medicine and said "There’s nothing we can do." I used the medicine for 3 months with no incremental impact. I decided to go with a second opinion and go to Dr. Foley. She assessed me and quickly came up with 4 solutions for my issues (injections, shampoo, gel, and pill) with the narrative "I like to attack the issue aggressively. And guess what? Dr. Foley’s solutions are working!!Education - Dr. Foley walked me through the science of my issues and how each of her 4 solutions would help resolve the issues. I enjoy knowing HOW things work and Dr. Foley’s expertise in dermatology was very clear - not to mention her ability to simplify her education into lay terms so you understand. When I shared my specialist experience, she said "You don’t have a bacterial issue. That diagnosis was wrong and I’m sorry that person led you in the wrong direction." This is the benefit of getting a second opinion of a true subject matter expert like Dr. Foley.Bedside Manner - First off, Dr. Foley is hilarious! If you like jokes/natural humor, it’s an added plus of seeing her. Throughout the injections, she was extremely patient and continued to check-in - which demonstrated an awareness to the patient experience (vs a simple doctoral transaction). Dr. Foley has me scheduled to come back next month to check on the impact of her recommendations. Not only am I going to be happy to show her the progress, I’m excited to laugh with her. Dr. Foley: Thank you for not only being good at what you do and helping to resolve my issues, but giving me hope again :)"- B.S. / Yelp / Jan 28, 2022
"I went in for a consultation for a scar I had from a procedure done last year. First off, the office is gorgeous with beautiful art pieces adorning the walls and a wonderful group of staff members that greet you with a warm welcome. I met with Dr. Foley who was kind and attentive as I told her about my nightmarish experience that I had at a med spa in California where I formerly resided. She listened to my concerns and recommended that I start with micro-needling to diminish the appearance of the scarring. This is when I was introduced to the esthetician Robin who was beyond outstanding and patient as she explained in detail each procedure and went over the cost details. I felt so comfortable that I decided to get my first micro-needling session with her on the very same day. I am so glad that I did because she was so gentle and checked in with me during the whole process to assure that I wasn’t uncomfortable or feeling any pain. Honestly, I felt that the micro-needling experience was quite pleasant and therapeutic in the hands and expertise of Robin. Thank you again Synder dermatology for a wonderful first time experience."- A.C. / Yelp / Apr 06, 2022
What Causes Acne?
A "flare-up" of acne can occur for a number of different reasons, including hormonal fluctuations associated with puberty, pregnancy, and menopause. In addition, certain medications and drugs, such as the birth control pill, can cause acne, as well as stress and a poor diet. Once the exact cause of acne is diagnosed, a proper treatment plan can be established.
Symptoms of Acne
Acne symptoms vary in combination with the type of acne and its severity. Blemishes are a common, most visible symptom of acne and come in many different forms. Types of blemishes include blackheads, whiteheads, cysts, pustules, papules and nodules. Each type of blemish ranges from mild to severe and will need to be treated accordingly. Studies have shown that acne can create emotional symptoms as well, which include low self-esteem and depression. Other symptoms associated with acne are dark spots on the skin and permanent scars.
How to Treat Acne
** COVID Update- If you were placed on spironolactone for acne, this is the information we have received from the American Academy of Dermatology from their website. We still have no data but this is their recommendation:
Guidance on the use of Spironolactone from the American Academy of Dermatology
There are no experimental or clinical data demonstrating beneficial or adverse outcomes among COVID-19 patients on Spironolactone. For patients currently on spironolactone, we recommend continuation of spironolactone for those patients who are currently prescribed such agents for indications for which these agents are known to be beneficial. In the event patients with dermatologic disease are diagnosed with COVID-19, individualized treatment decisions should be made according to each patient's status and clinical presentation. Therefore, be advised not to add or remove. Check www.aad.org for more information.
TREATMENT OF ACNE
Research shows that over-the-counter medications are not proven to effectively treat severe acne. Our dermatology office offers numerous treatment options to control and manage acne and clear its symptoms. For milder cases of acne, prescription medications such as topical solutions and creams that contain sulfur, retinoids, salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide can help. There are also oral antibiotics, such as doxycycline, minocycline or tetracycline that are effective to use. In addition to topical and oral prescriptions, laser treatments have also proven to be effective. Not only can a laser treatment help to deep clean and attack dead skin cells under the dermal layer, it can also help reduce redness and other pigmentation issues associated with acne. Chemical peels and extractions may also help depending on the type of acne the patient is experiencing.
How to Treat Acne Scars
Acne scarring is the result of inflammation in the lower layer of the skin called the dermis, which causes the collagen to become deformed or scarred resulting in depressions in the skin. Snyder Dermatology treats acne scars with a laser technology, including laser skin resurfacing using the state-of-the-art fractional laser, which can result in up to a 50% improvement in scarring. In addition, certain fillers can be used to fill in scar "pits" left from severe acne. Using a combination of laser technology, chemical peels, microneedling, dermabrasion or injectable fillers can help smooth scarring. Overall, a decrease in the appearance of scars results leaving the complexion smooth and clear.
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If you are tired of covering your acne with makeup, enduring the physical pain, embarrassment, and the emotional affliction that can develop from this condition, we encourage you to call our dermatology office to schedule an appointment today. We will provide a thorough skin analysis and create a tailored treatment plan to help clear up your complexion as quickly as possible.