Debra Price MD PA Board Certified Dermatologist

Acne and Acne Scars | Miami

Acne and Acne Scars

What is acne?

Acne is a widespread skin condition that occurs most commonly in teenagers but often extends into adulthood. The cause of acne is multi-factorial and is felt to result from the interplay of clogged pores, increased oil production, inflammation and bacteria.

What causes acne?

Genetic predisposition, hormonal factors, dairy and sugary foods, mechanical irritation and exposure to clogging oils play a role in flaring acne.

Does diet matter?

The relationship between diet and acne remains controversial. It has been suggested that dairy products and high glycemic diets may exacerbate acne in predisposed individuals. A trial of a milk free, low glycemic diet may benefit some individuals with persistent acne.

How often should I cleanse my face?

Acne is not caused by dirt and cannot be washed away. Using abrasive cleansers and washing too frequently can actually make acne worse. It is recommended that you remove your makeup completely before going to bed and cleanse twice daily with a cleanser containing pore exfoliating ingredients such as salicylic acid and lipohydroxy acid. Avoid abrasive cleansers and washcloths and gently pat rather than rub your skin dry after cleansing.

Are there any cosmetics that patients with acne should avoid?

Patients with acne should minimize the use of lip gloss and avoid creme eye shadows and blushes, metallic eye shadows, body and face glitter and oil based or creamy foundations.

Are there any over the counter remedies for early acne?

Over the counter acne cleansers containing salicylic and/or lipohydroxy acid or benzoyl peroxide and topical lotions and cremes containing salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide, retinol, sulfur or tea tree oil can be helpful in early acne.

What should I do if my acne does not clear on over the counter treatments?

There is an expanding list of prescription topical and oral medications that are helpful in resolving more advanced acne. Our physicians stay abreast of the latest therapies for the treatment of acne and acne scarring. If your acne does not clear on over the counter treatments you should seek consultation with a dermatologist early to prevent further breakouts and scarring.

Are facials and peels helpful in clearing acne?

Facials and peels containing pore exfoliating ingredients work synergistically with medical treatments to hasten the resolution of acne lesions.

Are there any treatments or procedures that can hasten the resolution of acne and improve acne scarring?

There are a variety of medical and aesthetic procedures to accelerate acne clearing and lessen redness, hyperpigmentation and scarring resulting from acne. Our physicians specialize in the treatment of acne and acne scarring. We offer the latest procedures and technologies for the management of acne and acne scarring including:

  • Therapeutic Facials
  • Beta Hydroxy Peels
  • Silkpeel Dermalinfusion
  • LED Photomodulation
  • Photodynamic Therapy
  • Laser Treatments
  • Medical Skin Care Program