The best acne treatment is one that starts early, because the sooner an acne problem is addressed, the better. The longer the common skin problem is allowed to continue, the greater the chance there is for scarring. While there are options for reducing the appearance of acne scars, the best approach for overall clear skin is to minimize or prevent the scars from forming in the first place via acne treatment. Houston skin expert Dr. Christine Cheng and her team are ready to help with remedies that can be taken at home, effective skin procedures that can be administered in the office, and more.
Whether the patient is a teenager or an adult, acne treatment performed in a timely manner can make a big difference wherever acne is visible, from the face and neck to the shoulders, back, and chest.
There is no single best acne treatment that can address every patient's specific needs. Each solution must be tailored to the person, which is why Dr. Cheng spends a significant amount of time during each consultation working to understand the unique characteristics of the problem and explaining potential solutions.
People who have already sought acne treatment elsewhere, but haven't seen the hoped-for results, may be frustrated by treatment plans that were heavy on prescriptions, but light on information. Dr. Cheng emphasizes education, because knowing why you're doing something can be as important to maintaining a skin-clearing regimen as knowing what it is you're supposed to do.
When it comes to starting the acne treatment, Dr. Cheng typically sends patients home with the best acne products for their level of severity, along with detailed instructions on how to use them. It's very important that patients follow the guidelines from start to finish, as the consistency is key to clearing skin of papules, pustules, and more.
This acne treatment phase may also include microdermabrasion sessions, which remove the outermost layers of skin. Microdermabrasion can help to clear mild acne, including blackheads and whiteheads, as well as maintaining your skin to minimize further acne breakouts.
Note that microdermabrasion should only be used as an acne treatment at Dr. Cheng's recommendation based on her evaluation of your condition. With more severe forms of acne, including nodular and cystic acne, treatment should be limited to less-aggravating methods, since aggressive and abrasive options, and even vigorous scrubbing, can actually be harmful to the skin and lead to further breakouts.
Dr. Cheng will assess the results of this combination of products and microdermabrasion after four to six weeks. If that acne treatment regimen doesn't lead to the desired improvements in that time span, the next step may be adding photodynamic therapy, ideally suited for improving moderate to severe acne, including cystic acne that penetrates deep into the skin.
For this newer form of acne treatment, Dr. Cheng uses Levulan® and blue light therapy, which involves spreading a topical solution on the areas to be treated, allowing it to penetrate into the skin, and then exposing the region to a light shining at a specific wavelength.
The blue light activates the Levulan®, which targets the places where acne-causing bacteria congregate and kills the bacteria, also ultimately improving the appearance of a variety of other skin conditions, including sun damage, hyperpigmentation, and even wrinkles.
This acne treatment can be quite effective, but patients who have Levulan® applied to their skin should be careful in the hours and even days following a treatment session, as many types of light, including some artificial lights and sunlight, can continue to activate it, leading to unintended redness and discomfort.
Dr. Christine S. Cheng is a board certified physician who is devoting her full-time practice to aesthetics and wellness medicine.
Even with everyone trying their best, acne treatment may come too late to prevent scarring from nodular or cystic acne that developed before a patient came to see Dr. Cheng. Fortunately, there are many procedures that fade scars or otherwise make them more difficult to see. Ideal options depend on the depth, type, and number of scars, and include laser skin resurfacing to reduce their appearance from the top down, dermal fillers to fill them out, and Ultherapy® to tighten skin by stimulating collagen production, or microdermabrasion.
If you suffer from acne or scarring and live in or around Houston, acne treatment from Dr. Cheng could be the solution you're looking for. She can provide answers to questions on a variety of medical and aesthetic topics, from whiteheads to cystic acne treatment. Although early efforts are best in controlling acne's long-term impacts on the face and elsewhere, it's never too late to seek help from a qualified, experienced, and caring professional.