Acne, the most common condition in the United States, can become an embarrassing problem that negatively affects your self-confidence at any age. At Nassau Bay Dermatology in Webster, Texas, Jeanne Paz, MD, is a skilled dermatologist with more than 27 years of experience successfully treating acne for patients of all ages. If home remedies aren’t giving you the results you desire, and you need medical care to get rid of pimples and blackheads, call the office to schedule a consultation or book online today.
Acne is the result of clogged pores on your face, neck, back, or chest — the most common areas of breakouts. When your pores become clogged, they trap oil and bacteria from your skin and become inflamed. Acne bumps appear as red, white, or black swollen nodules, or cysts, if they’re severe, and often can leave a scar.
At times in your life when your skin produces sebum (excess oil), and bacteria are present, your hair follicles become clogged with dead skin cells, trapping the bacteria and oil inside. Hormones also play a role in acne, including androgens, which increase during puberty. Hormonal changes during pregnancy, a diet high in carbohydrates, and certain medications can also make your acne worse.
Dr. Jeanne Paz treats acne based on the underlying factors that are causing your breakouts or making symptoms worse. She expertly diagnoses the type of acne you have and customizes an individualized treatment plan for your specific condition. When over-the-counter products and self-care doesn’t relieve symptoms or reduce the frequency of breakouts, Dr. Paz and her team provide expert solutions.
For moderate or severe acne that potentially leaves scars behind, Dr. Paz often prescribes Accutane, a brand of isotretinoin. Accutane is a powerful medication that usually clears acne in 4-5 months of treatment and is effective for nearly all types of acne breakouts. While most acne medications contain antibacterial agents, Accutane is a derivative of vitamin A.
Accutane is one of the most powerful acne treatments, but because of its high concentration of vitamin A, you shouldn’t take it if you’re pregnant, as there is a risk of your baby developing birth defects.
Once you have your acne under control, it’s possible to prevent future breakouts by taking an active role in your skincare routine. Dr. Paz recommends the best method of caring for acne-prone skin, which may include any of the following:
When over-the-counter remedies are ineffective and acne is causing emotional distress to you or your teenager, call the office to schedule a consultation or book online to take the first step toward clear skin and emotional well-being.