When nothing you try improves your acne, your dermatologist, Dr. Sanjiva Goyal, can help. With offices in Ponte Vedra Beach and Jacksonville, FL, Dr. Goyal offers several treatments that reduce acne flareups and clear your skin.
- Medication to Keep Your Pores Clear: Your dermatologist may prescribe a topical medication that unblocks pores and prevents new blockages by increasing skin cell turnover. Commonly prescribed medications include tretinoin, tazarotene, and adapalene.
- Antibiotics: An oral or topical antibiotic that kills p. acnes bacteria may also be recommended. In most cases, you'll continue applying your topical prescription medication when taking or using an antibiotic.
- Exfoliation of the Outer Layers of Your Skin: Removing the outer layers of the skin offers a quick, effective way to get rid of acne lesions. Chemical peels and microdermabrasion are often used to reduce lesions and eliminate shallow acne scars.
- Strong Medication for Severe or Cystic Acne: Isotretinoin may be prescribed if you have cystic acne or severe acne that doesn't respond to other treatments. Because the medication can cause serious side effects, you'll have frequent blood tests while you take it and will need to use a reliable form of birth control if you're female.