Acne, also known as zits or pimples, is an extremely common skin condition among people of all ages and ethnicities. Over 40 million men, women, and children in America are affected by acne at some point in their lives. Some people believe that the best zits treatment is just to let it run its course, but if you do not treat acne in a timely manner, it may leave behind acne scars, which can be even more difficult to treat than active acne. Luckily, nowadays, there are plenty of options available that can safely and effectively treat acne, both teenage and adult.
Dr. Melda Isaac of MI Skin Dermatology in Washington, DC offers a wide variety of treatment options for acne. Among these are photodynamic therapy (PDT), chemical peels, laser resurfacing, and micro-needling, along with oral and topical medical solutions. Which treatment option is best for you will depend on your individual skin condition and lifestyle. Dr. Isaac works closely with all of her patients to make sure that they receive the best and most effective treatment for their acne.
PDT is a popular option for treating acne, especially when other types of solutions have failed to have an effect. PDT involves using blue or red light that interacts with a photosensitive topical solution to kill the bacteria that causes acne and reduce pore size, thus reducing the amount of oil produced as well as reducing the amount of acne. Chemical peels are another effective means of reducing acne, through combinations of acids and other active ingredients that help unclog pores, exfoliate, and eliminate active acne. Micro-needling is a relatively new treatment that has been gaining in popularity and can be used in conjunction with topical solutions, and laser resurfacing can treat both active acne and acne scarring.