Acne

Holland Dermatology

Dermatologists located in Holland, MI

Acne, the most common skin condition in the United States, isn’t just a prepubescent problem. You can get it at any stage of life. At Holland Dermatology, board-certified dermatologist Barbara Drozdowski, MD, FAAD, customizes acne treatment plans for patients of all ages in Holland, Michigan, and the surrounding communities. If you need help managing acne breakouts and keeping your skin healthy, call to schedule a consultation today or book online anytime.

Acne Q & A

Holland Dermatology

What causes acne?

When oil, dead skin cells, and bacteria clog your pores, you get acne in the form of a single pimple or an entire breakout. When your body produces too much of the natural oil, or sebum, in your pores, dead skin cells can collect and become trapped within the pores. As a result, clogged pores become red pimples, whiteheads, or blackheads.

These acne pimples also trap bacteria along with the dead skin cells and oil, making them painful and persistent at times. They can turn into cysts when pimples form below the surface of your skin. You can get acne anywhere on your body, but it usually occurs on your face, shoulders, chest, and upper back.

Hormones also trigger acne breakouts during puberty, pregnancy, and even menopause. Stress, diet, and lifestyle can also make acne symptoms worse, although it’s a myth that eating greasy foods or chocolate cause acne.

When should I visit a dermatologist for acne treatment?

When home remedies or over-the-counter acne medications don’t clear up your skin and keep it healthy long-term, it’s time to visit a board-certified dermatologist who can help you get your symptoms under control. Dr. Drozdowski examines your skin and creates a customized acne treatment plan based on your skin type, symptoms, and frequency of breakouts. The sooner you can find an effective treatment for your acne, the more likely you can prevent permanent scarring.

Your acne treatment plan may include any combination of the following:

  • Topical medications and ointments
  • Oral medications or antibiotics
  • Light therapies
  • Prescription cleansers
  • Lifestyle changes
  • Drainage and extraction of acne cysts
  • Icon™ Aesthetic System laser treatments for acne scars

The goal of treatment is to see an improvement in your skin in about 4-6 weeks, and to effectively manage acne breakouts long term. Dr. Drozdowski works with you to improve your skin’s overall health through a customized combination of products, therapies, and medications that work best for you.

How does the Icon Aesthetic System treat acne scars?

Dr. Drozdowski offers state-of-the-art, FDA-cleared laser treatments to diminish the appearance of acne scars with the Icon Aesthetic System. The Icon uses a fractional laser to treat the discoloration of acne scars below the surface of your skin. After a few treatments, and no downtime, acne scars fade into the background and new, healthy skin cells emerge.

The Icon system works well on stretch marks and to remove tattoos, as well.

How can I prevent acne breakouts?

Once your acne is under control, you can actively participate in preventing it from recurring or becoming more severe. In addition to any prescriptions and changes to your skin care routine, Dr. Drozdowski may also recommend preventing acne by:

  • Protecting your skin from the sun, especially during treatment
  • Using skin care products with alpha hydroxy acid, salicylic acid, or benzoyl peroxide
  • Avoiding harsh scrubs that could further irritate your skin

If the emotional stress of acne breakouts is interfering with your life, call to schedule a consultation or book an appointment online to get the expert dermatology care you need.

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