What acne treatments are available for patients in the Thousand Oaks area?
Acne is a common problem experienced by hundreds of adults and teenagers in the Thousand Oaks area. Dr. Daphne Panagotacos of the Skin Care Center sees patients every day who are dealing with blemishes. Acne is not just a condition experienced by teenagers going through puberty. Adult acne is becoming increasingly common, and adults who experience it seek acne treatment through qualified dermatologists.
Several treatments are available for patients in the Thousand Oaks area who are experiencing acne. To recommend the best course of action, a dermatologist must determine the type of acne that is occurring. Whiteheads, blackheads, pustules, deep blemishes, and nodules are all specific types of acne that can occur. While they typically occur on the face, they can also appear on the neck, chest, and back. Treatment is also determined based on the severity of the condition.
For most patients with mild acne, cleansing with over-the-counter soaps and cleansers with benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid can often control the problem. However, patients with moderate to severe acne may need prescription-strength solutions to control their condition and reduce their risk for developing acne scars. Treatments available through a dermatologist include:
- Topical solutions (creams applied directly onto the trouble areas)
- Draining of cysts and nodules
- Antibiotic creams
- Prescription retinoids
- Oral medications (antibiotics or retinoids)
- Chemical peels
- Light therapy
It is important that patients understand that acne will not go away immediately after treatment. Some treatment methods may take up to six months to show significant improvement, with gradual results. Patients must follow their physician’s instructions to see the treatment plan work. Being consistent with acne therapy is necessary for achieving more beautiful, blemish-free skin!
Patients located in the Thousand Oaks area who are considering acne treatment through a quality dermatological practice can contact Dr. Daphne Panagotacos to schedule an initial visit and learn about the ways in which acne can be targeted, controlled, and improved. She can diagnose the type of acne occurring and assist patients in determine the most appropriate acne treatment for their lifestyle, budget, and their condition’s severity.