Find out when it’s time to turn to a dermatologist to treat your acne symptoms.
Most people will deal with acne at some point. Luckily, minor breakouts can often be addressed with simple at-home care. Of course, not all acne is the same and it’s important to know when you may need to turn to our Knoxville, TN, dermatologists Dr. Robert C. Griffith and Robert D. Griffith for more aggressive acne treatment. Here are some signs that it’s time to turn to us,
Acne treatments aren’t working
There are so many acne products on the market that it can be difficult to figure out which one is going to give you the best results. There is a lot of trial and error when it comes to finding the right products, even over-the-counter ones. It can also take up to 12 weeks to see full results. Of course, if after the 12 weeks you still aren’t seeing any changes then it’s time to consult with your skin doctor in Knoxville, TN.
Your acne is painful
It’s common for certain types of acne such as cystic or hormonal acne to also be painful to the touch. This is because there is inflammation under the skin, making it difficult for the acne to heal. If the inflammation isn’t treated this can cause scarring. While you won’t be able to treat the inflammation on your own your dermatologist has ways to treat this type of acne. One option is by administering a steroid injection, which will target and eliminate inflammation.
Your acne is persistent
If you feel like you don’t remember life without acne then you’ve been dealing with this issue for far too long. While certain types of acne may only last a couple of days and can be treated by simply keeping skin healthy and clean, if you find that your acne isn’t going away after weeks then you may need a more aggressive treatment that can target deeper into the skin where inflammation and bacteria may be present.
Your acne is leaving marks
We aren’t just talking about scars. Acne can also leave behind unsightly dark marks, even if you don’t pick at or disturb your acne. If you notice hyperpigmentation as a result of acne then it’s time to see a dermatologist who can help get rid of these embarrassing spots and prevent new ones from forming.
Ways Dermatologists Treat Acne
There are many ways in which a dermatologist can help get your acne under control, depending on the type of acne you are dealing with. Once we determine the cause of your acne we can recommend different treatment options such as:
- Lifestyle modifications
- Prescription-strength topical medications
- Oral or topical antibiotics
- Oral contraceptives (for hormonal acne)
- Isotretinoin, aka: “Accutane” (used to treat severe cystic acne)
- Chemical peels or microdermabrasion
- A simple extraction
Don’t lose the battle against your acne symptoms. Turn to the experts at Griffith Dermatology in Knoxville, TN, today and let us help you get clearer skin.