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Acne services offered in San Antonio, TX

Around 50 million Americans suffer acne flare-ups each year, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. As the expert dermatologists at Limmer Dermatology in San Antonio, Texas, know, acne doesn’t always resolve on its own once you reach adulthood. That’s why the team offers the most effective solutions for acne and acne scars, including prescription medications, medical-grade skincare, blue light therapy, and various laser procedures. Call the dermatology center today or request an appointment online to learn more.

Acne Q & A

What is acne?

Acne is a common medical condition that causes inflamed bumps to appear on the skin. While common during adolescence, acne flare-ups can persist well into adulthood. Many people in their 20s, 30s, and 40s continue to struggle with acne and acne scars.

Understanding the type of acne can help your dermatologist create a personalized treatment that addresses your needs.

Are there different types of acne?

There are many types of acne, such as:

  • Blackheads
  • Whiteheads
  • Papules
  • Pustules
  • Nodules
  • Cysts

Some types of mild acne may be helped by over-the-counter (OTC) treatments such as salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide, while others demand professional care. Nodules and cysts, for example, can be difficult to treat and often require prescription medications.

What causes acne?

Acne develops when the skin’s sebaceous glands clog with sebum (an oily substance), bacteria, and dead skin cells. While most people develop acne at some point, certain factors can increase your risk of repeated flare-ups, such as:

  • Hormonal changes
  • Oil-based cosmetic products
  • Infrequent skin care
  • Genetics/family history
  • Certain medications

How is acne treated?

Treating acne requires a comprehensive skin evaluation. After a comprehensive skin exam, your dermatologist may recommend a combination of treatments and products, including:

  • Topical medications
  • Oral antibiotics
  • Isotretinoin (Accutane)
  • Extractions
  • Blue light therapy
  • Laser Genesis
  • Microneedling

How do acne scars form?

Acne scars are the body’s inflammatory response to healed acne. When acne forms, it damages the tissues deep within the skin. Your body sends a protein called collagen to repair the damage. If it produces too little, depressed lesions, such as ice-pick scars, can form. Too much collagen can lead to raised scars, like keloids.

Limmer Dermatology offers multiple treatments to minimize the appearance of acne scars, including microdermabrasion, microneedling, and Laser Genesis. After a comprehensive consultation, the team can recommend the appropriate treatment for your type of scarring. They may take a combination approach if you have multiple types of scars.

Call Limmer Dermatology today or request an appointment online to find lasting relief from acne and acne scars.