Cincinnati Acne Treatments
Our approach to acne treatment & patient resources.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
Lesions heal slowly and, just as one begins to resolve, others seem to crop up. Although teenagers most commonly develop acne due to changes in hormones, people of all ages can get acne.
The good news is that effective treatments are available, and the earlier treatment is started, the lower your risk of lasting physical and emotional damage.
ACNE FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHO DEVELOPS ACNE & WHY?
Although teenagers most commonly develop Acne due to changes in hormones, people of all ages can get Acne. Some adult women experience Acne due to hormonal changes, their menstrual cycles, stress or starting and stopping birth control pills.
IS ACNE CAUSED BY MY DIET?
Contrary to what some people think, greasy foods and chocolate have little effect on acne. Studies are ongoing to determine whether other dietary factors — including high-starch foods, such as bread, bagels and chips, which increase blood sugar — may play a role in Acne.
HOW CAN I TREAT MY ACNE?
We encourage you to schedule a consultation to review your treatment options. Some of the things we will discuss are:
- Washing your skin with your physician’s recommended cleanser and apply moisturizer.
- Targeting the bacteria component of acne by using either an oral or topical antibiotic and using a topical benzoyl peroxide.
- Decreasing whiteheads and increase cellular turnover by using a physician-prescribed topical retinoid, like Retin-A or Differin.
- Addressing the hormonal component of acne with physician-prescribed birth control bills or spironolactone.
- If you have resistant acne, we may recommend and prescribe Accutane.
- You can control and improve your acne and acne scarring with in-office treatments such as: Chemical Peels, Blue Light, Dermalinfusion, or The Salt Facial.
IS ACNE CAUSED BY DIRT?
Acne isn’t caused by dirt. In fact, scrubbing the skin too hard or cleansing with harsh soaps or chemicals irritates the skin and can make acne worse. Simple cleansing of the skin to remove excess oil and dead skin cells is all that’s required.
WHAT ARE RISK FACTORS FOR ACNE?
- Hormonal changes in teenagers.
- Hormonal changes in women, especially two to seven days before their period or while pregnant.
- People using certain medications, including steroids.
- Direct skin exposure to greasy or oily substances, or to certain cosmetics applied directly to the skin.
- Friction or pressure on your skin caused by various items, such as telephones or cell phones, helmets, shoulder pads and chin straps in football, backpacks.
WHAT CAN I DO ABOUT ACNE SCARRING?
Learn more about acne scarring treatments here.