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Acne Specialist

Angel Allen, MD -  - Dermatologist

Angel Allen Dermatology

Angel Allen, MD

Dermatologist located in Jefferson City, MO & Lake Ozark, MO

By conservative estimates, acne affects roughly 50 million Americans each year. Because acne is the most common skin issue with which both teens and adults struggle, and it can lead to embarrassing scarring, dermatologist Angel Allen, MD, provides innovative treatment solutions at Angel Allen Dermatology in Jefferson City and Lake Ozark, Missouri. If you’re ready to get started on a customized acne treatment plan and restore your healthier skin, book an exam online or over the phone today.

Acne Q & A

What are the different forms of acne?

Acne typically happens when old skin cells and oils build up in hair follicles, or when you have hormone changes. Acne can take many different forms, including:

  • Closed comedones, also called whiteheads
  • Open comedones, also called blackheads
  • Papules, big red bumps that can become pustules
  • Pustules, big pus-filled bumps
  • Nodules, hard bumps in the lower layers of your skin
  • Cysts, the biggest acne bumps

Acne often causes acne scars, particularly if you don't get treatment to get it under control.

What is the treatment for acne?

Acne treatment varies considerably from individual to individual, and Dr. Allen customizes your treatment for your specific acne issues. Some of the many possible treatments include the following:

Topical treatments

Topical treatments can include creams, gels, lotions, or liquid solutions. These types of treatments can kill acne bacteria, reduce oil, or peel off the uppermost layer of skin. Topical treatments often contain active ingredients like benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, and sulfur.

Oral medications

Antibiotics are one of several oral medication options to treat acne. Antibiotics like doxycycline or minocycline can kill the acne bacteria.

Drugs like Accutane® (isotretinoin), which are made specifically for acne, can be very effective for severe acne. Although you can't take Accutane® for an extended period, its benefits can last for long after you've stopped taking the medication.

For women, oral contraceptives may help prevent acne breakouts.

Injections 

If you have large painful acne cysts that don't respond to other treatments, Dr. Allen may do injections. Dr. Allen  often injects medication to speed the healing process.

Dr. Allen may also recommend other treatment options such as Accutane, based on your specific acne issues.

How can I prevent acne in the future?

Dr. Allen makes personalized recommendations to help each patient avoid acne breakouts in the future. She may make suggestions such as:

  • Use a gentle cleanser 1-2 times daily
  • Don't scrub or pick at your skin
  • Don't pop pimples or drain cysts on your own
  • Keep your hair clean and off your face
  • Use oil-free products on your face
  • Avoid alcohol astringents
  • Avoid touching your face

With Dr. Allen's help, you can finally enjoy clear skin. Book your appointment at Angel Allen Dermatology through the online appointment maker or by phone now.