Close-up of a person's cheek showing a complexion with redness and several acne blemishes. The detailed view highlights the texture of the skin and the inflamed spots, indicative of a skin condition such as acne.

Acne

What is Acne?

Though the most common skin condition in the USA, reliable information about acne can be hard to find. Dermatology of Seattle can help you understand acne and its available treatments.

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Without treatment, spots and scars can appear on the skin. Acne can appear not only on the face but the body as well. It is also sometimes called Acne Vulgaris

How do you treat it?

There are many acne treatments, and not every acne treatment works for everyone, but these treatments can keep acne under control. Patients may have whiteheads, blackheads, papules, and pustules (pimples). A product containing benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid usually clears the skin. Continuous treatment is required to prevent breakouts. Most acne treatments are topical and applied to the skin. Some kill bacteria and other reduce oil on the skin. Topical medicine may contain a retinoid or antibiotic.

Additional treatments include laser and light therapies, chemical peels which are used for blackheads and papules, a drainage and extraction for large cysts, which can help prevent scarring. Sometimes birth control pills can be helpful for women. Isotretinoin is another treatment. Your dermatologist at Dermatology of Seattle can tell you when an acne treatment is no longer necessary to prevent breakouts.

 

Check out some of our aweosome Reviews:

Scott Carey
Scott Carey
September 15, 2022.
Dr Levy is great, first day I saw him he took care of my light skin and told me how to take care of it. Without him I wonder what may have developed. Edit: 9/15/2020- Thanks Dr. Levy for 25 years today! Happy anniversary!
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stevi mcbrian
August 4, 2022.
Peggy Blair
Peggy Blair
April 12, 2022.
Nice office, spotless, and staff is very helpful love my Botox 😁
Ophelia Rose
Ophelia Rose
January 28, 2022.
Shelena Helvey
Shelena Helvey
January 8, 2022.
I have been to theor Burien location several times now for various procedures from a full body check to mole removal. Every staff person has been kind, helpful, courteous, and professional. Their office is clean and they enacted COVID precautions quickly in response to the up tick in cases to help ensure decreased contact with others while still keeping scheduled appointments. This is my new home for all of my dermatology needs!