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Choosing the Right Treatment Plan to Fight Acne

Published on August 23, 2011

Depending upon the severity of the acne that a person has, it can be treated with over-the-counter medications, prescription lotions and laser or light therapies at Manhattan Dermatology & Laser Center.

Acne treatments focus on the many factors that can result in the development of acne and work by inhibiting excessive oil production, reducing the amount of acne-causing bacteria and lessening the effects of inflammation. The goal of these treatments is to allow fresh and healthy skin cells to be brought to the surface.

Treating acne with lotions and creams

Lotions and creams treat acne by eliminating bacteria, controlling sebum production and promoting dead skin cells to be sloughed off of the skin. Over-the-counter treatments are effective at treating mild forms of acne blemishes, but prescription strength creams and lotions are far more productive in treating acne that is moderate to severe. Some people may also find that combination therapy is the best option for them.

How do chemical peels treat acne?

While chemical peels are primarily used to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, it can also be used to treat acne. Chemical peels are often very effective when used in conjunction with other acne treatments. Acne that is moderate to severe can be managed with prescription antibiotics, as they eliminate bacteria and inflammation. Antibiotics are often used for longer than a month and they are usually used alongside a prescribed lotion.

The benefits of photodynamic light therapy as an acne treatment method

Photodynamic light therapy or laser therapy are often the ideal way to manage acne and reduce the appearance of scars. Light and laser therapies reach the deepest layers of skin and significantly reduce inflammation. Considering that these treatments improve the skin’s texture and minimizes scarring, they are a productive treatment on eliminating acne and improving the look and feel of skin. The Manhattan Dermatology and Laser Center offers both laser and photodynamic light therapy, and they have a staff of qualified dermatologists who will form an effective treatment plan for acne.

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