Acne and Cyst Treatment in San Francisco, CA

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About Acne/Cyst Treatment

Seventeen million Americans currently have acne, making it the most common skin disease in the country. Also known as acne vulgaris, acne is a skin condition that most of us have experienced at one time or another. It appears on the surface of the skin in the form of blocked pores (blackheads and whiteheads), pimples, and deeper lumps (cysts and nodules). Three factors contribute to acne formation: overproduction of oil, irregular shedding of dead skin cells within the pore, and buildup of bacteria. Acne occurs when the oil produced by sebaceous glands does not reach the surface of the skin, but becomes trapped in the tiny follicles of the skin. This microscopic plug may close off the pore, causing the follicle wall to bulge, which creates a whitehead. If the pore remains open, the top surface of plug may become darkened, causing a blackhead. In both cases, the bacteria, P. acnes thrive in clogged follicles. When this bacteria leaks out of the follicle into the surrounding tissue, the lesions become inflamed resulting in pimples, pustules, cysts, and larger nodules. At Bay Area Cosmetic Dermatology, our team of board-certified dermatologists and skilled skin care professionals have the knowledge and experience to help you have clear, acne-free skin.

Teenage Acne

No one has more trouble with acne and cysts than teenagers. During this often tumultuous stage of development, blemishes on the face can potentially lead to long-term self-esteem problems. While there are plenty of over-the-counter acne medications and treatments, these do not take into account the many causes of acne (hormones, genetics, certain medications, oil-based makeup, stress). Instead of wasting money on ineffective over-the-counter treatments, teens can get better results with the expertise of one of our board-certified dermatologists or our physician’s assistant. Our medical professionals will assess your skin and develop a customized treatment plan to treat your acne. There are many effective topical and toral medications as well as professional treatments that can be prescribed by a dermatologist or physician’s assistant for fast results. 

Best Candidates

A “flare-up” of acne can occur for a number of different reasons, including hormonal fluctuations associated with puberty, pregnancy, and menopause. In addition, certain medications and drugs, as well as stress and a poor diet can also cause acne. Once the causes, of acne are diagnosed, a proper treatment plan can be established. No matter what is causing your acne, we can help you have clearer skin.

What to Expect

Research shows that over-the-counter ointments are not proven to effectively treat severe acne. Our dermatology office offers many treatment options to control and manage acne and clear its symptoms. For milder cases of acne, prescription topicals that contain salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide, tretinoin, and/or spironolactone can help. We compound prescription strength acne products right here in our office, so there is no need to go to the pharmacy. There are also oral antibiotics, such as doxycycline, minocycline, or tetracycline that may clear up the skin. For more severe cases of cystic acne, our prescribers may recommend a course of Isotretinoin (Accutane). Our team is experienced with the FDA mandated iPledge program and are able to accommodate all of the requirements of the program.

In addition to topical and oral prescriptions, microdermabrasion treatments, such as HydrafacialMD or Silk Peel, can help to treat and prevent acne by deep cleaning the pores and exfoliating the skin. Laser treatments can help reduce redness and other pigmentation issues associated with acne. Chemical peels and microneedling may also help depending on the type of acne. Once the patient’s acne is clear, we have several cosmetic options to diminish acne scarring including the Fraxel re:pair skin resurfacing laser and the Candela Vbeam Perfecta laser. 

Other Considerations

Our patients who have the best results closely follow their recommended skin care regimen and treatment plan. At Bay Area Cosmetic Dermatology, we have found that the key to clear skin is consistent use of recommended prescription and cosmetic products and regular follow up appointments with one of our dermatologists or our physician’s assistant. The great news is that with our help plus your dedication, you can have acne-free skin! 

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We truly believe everyone can have better skin. Stop suffering from painful and embarrassing acne and call our office today to schedule an acne consultation. We will provide a thorough skin analysis and create a tailored treatment plan to help clear up your complexion as quickly as possible. 

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