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By Linda Banta, MD
February 11, 2020
Category: Dermatology
Tags: Acne   acne treatment  

Anyone who has ever walked through the skincare aisle of their local drugstore knows that there are tons of acne-fighting products on the market. So, which one is right for you? Should you opt for an acne cleanser or spot treatment, or both? Choosing the right acne treatment can be challenging, to say the least.

While acne is a common problem among teenagers, many people don’t just leave acne behind the minute they toss out those graduation caps. In fact, many adults well into their 20s, 30s and beyond still deal with regular acne outbreaks. So, how do you properly treat acne? There is no singular way to treat acne and the best treatment option for you and your skin will depend on the cause. While you might not know what’s to blame for your acne symptoms a dermatologist certainly can help.

Treating Acne on Your Own

If you are dealing with mild to moderate acne, look for products that contain these powerful acne-fighting ingredients:

  • Salicylic acid
  • Benzoyl peroxide
  • Glycolic acid
  • Sulfur
  • Retinol

How a Dermatologist Treats Acne

If you’ve tried over-the-counter acne products for more than 12 weeks and aren’t seeing results, or if you are experiencing severe, deep or cystic acne then it’s time to turn to a skin care professional for help. The first thing your dermatologist will do is determine the cause of your acne. From there, one or more of these treatments may be recommended:

Prescription topical medications: Certain topical medications act as an anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory, which reduces redness and inflammation associated with acne while also removing acne-causing bacteria from the surface of the skin.

A simple extraction: You should never pick at your acne or try to pop a pimple on your own, as you could end up causes further irritation or scarring; however, a dermatologist knows the safest and most effective techniques for extracting blackheads and whiteheads safely.

Birth control pills: For women who notice breakouts that correspond to their menstrual cycle, certain birth control pills may be able to reduce the amount of androgen hormones, which in turn can reduce breakouts. Talk to your dermatologist about the birth control pills that are FDA approved to treat acne.

Isotretinoin: This is an extremely intense oral retinoid that is used for treating severe, cystic acne that isn’t responsive to other treatment options. Isotretinoin is better known as Accutane, and this treatment can take up to nine months to see full results. Some patients will require multiple courses of treatment. Due to the nature of this strong medication, there are some possible side effects. It is important to discuss these side effects with your dermatologist before beginning Isotretinoin.

If you are having trouble getting your acne under control it’s important that you have a dermatologist that you can turn to for customized care. Take control of your acne once and for all.

By Stone Oak Dermatology
September 20, 2018
Category: Dermatology
Tags: acne treatment  

Acne. It bothered you as a teen, and as an adult, you're experiencing those pimples again on your back, face and chest. Act on the acnebreakout soon, says the American Academy of Dermatology, or your acne could worsen. Why not visit your dermatologist in San Antonio, TX Dr. Linda Banta? At Stone Oak Dermatology, she sees patients of all ages and skin types, helping them control their acne.

What is acne?

It's an unsightly and embarrassing skin condition affecting literally millions of Americans. The blackheads, whiteheads, papules and cysts characteristic of acne develop in the oily sebaceous glands of the skin. When these become plugged with sebum or oil, and dead skin cells, acne breaks out. Besides how bad it looks, acne can become infected and even leave scars.

How can acne be treated?

As with any medical condition, prevention helps. So, if you're prone to acne, be sure to:

  • Wash your face and other affected areas with an over the counter acne scrub twice a day.
  • Be gentle as you wash, using your fingertips to gently exfoliate. Never scrub hard as this only further irritates the skin.
  • Avoid picking and squeezing lesions as this worsens how they look and feel and also can cause infection.
  • See your dermatologist in San Antonio right away when your at-home regimen is ineffective.

At Stone Oak Dermatology, Dr. Banta will examine your skin closely to determine what course of in-office and prescription treatments may help you best. Common options include:

  • Benzoyl peroxide available in various concentrations and ways of application (face clothes, creams, scrubs)
  • Tretinoin, a cream, gel or topical solution which limits the growth of skin cells affected by acne symptoms
  • Surgical extraction in the office (for deep cysts)
  • Topical antibiotic cream and oral antibiotics

Get clear and stay clear

Call Stone Oak Dermatology for a consultation with Dr. Linda Banta. Love your skin again. Phone us at (210) 494-0504.

Laser Hair RemovalExcess facial or body hair can be troublesome for both men and women. Although common, removal methods such as shaving and waxing are temporary, time consuming, painful and often yield poor results. It’s no wonder more and more people are opting for long-lasting, convenient hair reduction via laser hair removal.

With the use of advanced laser technology, your dermatologist can treat most areas of unwanted hair successfully, conveniently and with fewer complications than other methods. Professional laser treatment is a non-invasive approach to permanent reduction of hair, which can easily treat large areas of hair growth in a short period of time.

In-Office Laser Hair Removal

Performed by an expert dermatologist, laser hair removal works by penetrating the skin with controlled pulses of light that are absorbed by the hair follicles.  Without damaging the skin and with minimal patient discomfort, the laser energy destroys the hair follicles and significantly impedes their ability to re-grow. Following treatment, patients enjoy smooth, soft skin and a long-lasting reduction in unwanted hair.

Since hair grows in cycles, the total number of required treatment sessions varies by patient skin type, hair color and hair coarseness. Common areas treated with laser hair removal include the legs, arms, back, shoulders, underarms, upper lip and the bikini area. Darker-colored hair is typically more responsive to laser treatment than light colored hair.

It’s important that you always choose an experienced dermatologist for hair removal to ensure the highest level of safety and efficiency. Your dermatologist will discuss the best laser hair removal options for your specific skin type, needs and expectations.   

Visit our practice for a successful diagnosis and treatment for excess hair and experience the long-lasting results available with laser hair removal.