Acne

Integrated Dermatology of Clinton

Dermatologists located in Clinton, CT

On a given year, acne affects as many as 50 million Americans, making it the most common type of skin condition. Whether you have an occasional breakout or suffer from chronic acne issues, the dedicated team of board-certified dermatologists at Integrated Dermatology of Clinton can help. They offer personalized acne management plans in Clinton, Connecticut. To book your acne evaluation, simply click on the online scheduler, or call the office directly.

Acne Q & A

What causes acne?

Acne is a chronic skin issue that occurs when hair follicles become clogged with dirt, debris, oil, or dead skin cells. Teens most commonly struggle with acne because of the surge in oil production and high sebaceous gland activity that occur during puberty. But in reality, men and women of all ages can struggle with acne due to:

  • Hormonal fluctuations
  • Certain medications
  • Bacterial buildup on your skin
  • Family history of acne

It’s true that following a poor diet can lead to acne, too. Regularly consuming carbohydrate-rich foods, for instance, can lead to acne breakouts. Usually, dietary factors only trigger an acne breakout if you already have acne.

When should I see a doctor for acne?

Even though acne isn’t a medical concern, it’s still a condition that often requires medical treatment. After all, your skin is your body’s largest organ, and the constant inflammation from acne can lead to ongoing issues, including painful nodules and even scarring. The dedicated dermatology team at Integrated Dermatology of Clinton urge you to schedule an acne evaluation if:

  • You’re female and have acne that’s associated with your monthly cycles
  • You’re an older adult and have a sudden onset of severe acne
  • Over-the-counter acne remedies aren’t providing relief
  • You feel embarrassed about your acne

Trying to treat acne on your own — or ignoring it entirely — can worsen your acne and increase your risk of scars. At Integrated Dermatology of Clinton, you can meet with a dedicated dermatologist who works with you to find just the right treatment plan.

How is acne treated?

Treating acne involves a multifaceted approach in which your dermatologist works to treat your current breakout, while also helping you prevent future acne flare-ups. Your acne treatment plan may include:

  • Hormone pills, like birth control (for women)
  • Oral acne drugs, like retinoid or isotretinoin
  • Prescription-strength topical creams
  • Oral antibiotic medication

You may also benefit from clinical-grade treatments to improve the health of your skin and minimize the appearance of scarring. The skin care experts at Integrated Dermatology of Clinton often suggest chemical peels, light-based therapy, or even specialized steroid injections as part of your acne treatment plan.

Before living another day with acne, schedule an evaluation at Integrated Dermatology of Clinton. Book your appointment either online or over the phone.