Acne New Jersey

Acne is the most common skin condition in the United States. Although it’s common, accurate information about acne can be hard to find. This can make it difficult to get clearer skin.

Dermatologists know that letting acne runs its course is not always the best advice. Here’s why:

  1. Without treatment, dark spots and permanent scars can appear on the skin as acne clears.
  2. Treating acne often boosts a person’s self-esteem.
  3. Many effective treatments are available.

Most acne treatments are applied to the skin. Dr. Rothfleisch may call this topical treatment. There are many topical acne treatments. Some topicals help kill the bacteria. Others work on reducing the oil. The topical medicine may contain a retinoid, prescription-strength benzoyl peroxide, antibiotic, or even salicylic acid. Your dermatologist will determine what you need.

Medicine that works throughout the body may be necessary when you have red, swollen types of acne. This type of treatment is usually necessary to treat acne cysts and nodules. Dr. Rothfleisch may prescribe one or more of these:

  • Antibiotics (helps to kill bacteria and reduce inflammation).
  • Birth control pills and other medicine that works on hormones (can be helpful for women).

Isotretinoin (the only treatment that works on all that causes acne).