Adult acne can be an embarrassing and painful problem. Frequent or prolonged acne outbreaks increase your risk of developing acne scars, and may significantly affect your self-esteem. Here are some signs that you should visit a clinical dermatologist near you for acne laser treatments or acne scar management.
At-Home and Over-the-Counter Treatments Aren't Working
Mild to moderate acne can often be treated with over-the-counter cleansers, lotions, and creams. If you have tried using acne treatments and your acne has not cleared up after four to six weeks, you need to visit a dermatologist. A dermatologist can provide prescription medication like antibiotics, birth control pills, isotretinoin, or topical gels or creams. He may also recommend acne laser treatments for stubborn or persistent acne.
Your Acne is Affecting Your Self-Esteem
Persistent acne can quickly begin affecting your self-esteem and impacting your social and professional relationships. If you're unable to treat your acne successfully at home, you may develop anxiety, depression, and social withdrawal. If you begin skipping work, missing social events, or avoiding having your picture taken because you are so self-conscious about your acne, you should visit a medical dermatologist for treatment. A combination of acne laser treatments and prescription medication can clear up your acne in as few as eight weeks.
Your Acne is Painful or Causing Acne Scars
Cystic acne can cause painful, hard, swollen blemishes across your face. You can't treat cystic acne using at-home or over-the-counter treatments, and even when the blemishes heal, they will leave behind significant acne scars. A dermatologist can treat cystic acne and use laser treatments for acne scar management and elimination.
If you're in need of acne laser treatments or acne scar management, come see us at Advanced Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgery. Our clinical dermatologists have extensive experience in acne treatment and can find the perfect combination of medication and laser treatments to clear up your acne and eliminate or reduce acne scars. To learn more about our skin care treatments, call us today at (866) 400-3376.