Finding an effective acne treatment isn't always as easy as the pimple cream ads and commercials imply. Although over-the-counter treatments may be helpful, they may not be the best choice for you, particularly if you have severe or stubborn acne. Your Belleville, NJ, dermatologist Dr. Joseph Eastern of The Belleville Dermatology Center offers several treatments that can help improve your complexion and boost your self-confidence.
Prescription-strength topical medication may be the answer
If pimples keep appearing despite your use of drugstore products, your Belleville dermatologist may recommend a prescription-strength topical medicine, like adapalene, tazarotene or tretinoin. Acne occurs when your pores become blocked with dead skin cells, debris and skin oil. These medications unblock pores, promote healing and trigger rapid skin cell turnover, which helps your pores remain unblocked. Creams, gels and ointments are applied at night and be used every night or several times a week, depending on your skin doctor's recommendation.
Antibiotics offer additional help
Adding a topical or oral antibiotic to your skin care regimen may be a good idea if topical medications alone aren't helpful. Antibiotics kill p. acnes bacteria, the germs responsible for the red, inflamed appearance of pimples.
Medications aren't the only option
Your dermatologist may recommend a few other treatment options, such as:
- Blue Light Therapy: Blue light therapy shrinks the glands that produce skin oils and kills bacteria in the oil glands.
- Chemical Peel: Chemical peels remove the top layers of skin, eliminating acne in the process. Just a few days after the chemical solution is applied, the outer layers of your skin will peel away, revealing smoother, acne-free skin underneath.
- Microdermabrasion: Microdermabrasion is also used to remove the top layers of the skin. Your dermatologist uses a handheld device that exfoliates the layers with a fine spray of crystals. Unlike chemical peels, you won't have to wait a few days to notice results.
Clearer skin is possible, thanks to the acne treatments your Belleville, NJ, dermatologist offers. Call Dr. Joseph Eastern of The Belleville Dermatology Center at (973) 751-1200 to schedule your appointment.