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By JUDITH SILVERSTEIN, MD
February 20, 2020
Category: Skin Conditions
Tags: Common Skin Issues  

A dermatologist can offer answers, insight and treatment options to help you tackle any and all skin problems.

While a minor breakout or rash usually isn’t a big enough deal to warrant a trip to visit our team of dermatologists in Sandy Springs, Roswell, Alpharetta, and Cumming, GA, it is important to understand what skin problems will require medical attention and professional treatment. Here are some of the most common skin problems and the ways in which our dermatological team can treat them:
 

Acne

Acne is a very common skin problem that our Sandy Springs, GA, skin doctors diagnose and treat. While most people associate acne with those challenging teen years, the truth is that anyone can develop acne including infants and older adults.

If you are dealing with acne on your face or body and over-the-counter methods aren’t alleviating your breakouts, then our dermatologists can determine the root cause of your acne to create a customized and effective treatment plan.

Common ways to treat acne include:

  • Extractions
  • Topical cleansers and creams that contain salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide
  • Oral contraceptives
  • Chemical peels
  • Tretinoin (a strong prescription medication used to treat severe, cystic acne)
  • Oral antibiotics
  • Isotretinoin

 
Rosacea

Does your face sometimes look like you’re severely blushing? If so, you could be dealing with rosacea, a chronic condition that causes intensely red skin and small pimple-like bumps to form on the face (usually around the nose and cheeks). Sunlight, heat, alcohol, and stress are some elements that can trigger a flare-up and leaving rosacea untreated could lead to scarring.

While there is no cure for rosacea, our dermatological team has worked with many patients to help control flare-ups through lifestyle modifications, topical medications, and oral antibiotics.


Eczema

Eczema is a group of skin conditions that cause red, cracked, itchy, and inflamed skin. While the cause is unknown, people with asthma or allergies are often more likely to develop eczema. Again, this is another chronic condition; however our Sandy Springs, GA, skin doctors can help you get your eczema under control with lifestyle changes, proper skin care, and self-care measures, as well as topical medications including corticosteroids, oral medications , as well as injectable biologics.

 
Need Skin Care? Give Us a Call

Is acne causing you embarrassment? Do you think you might be dealing with eczema? If you are concerned about the health of your skin, our team of dermatologists and skin care professionals have offices in Sandy Springs, Roswell, Alpharetta, and Cumming, GA, to help. Call one of Atlanta Center for Dermatological Diseases's offices today:

  • (404) 252-4333 - Sandy Springs
  • (770) 751-1133 - Roswell
  • (770) 664-5225 - Alpharetta
  • (770) 844-1902 - Cumming

By JUDITH SILVERSTEIN, MD
February 11, 2020
Category: Dermatology
Tags: Acne   Acne Treatment  

Anyone who has ever walked through the skincare aisle of their local drugstore knows that there are tons of acne-fighting products on the market. So, which one is right for you? Should you opt for an acne cleanser or spot treatment, or both? Choosing the right acne treatment can be challenging, to say the least.

While acne is a common problem among teenagers, many people don’t just leave acne behind the minute they toss out those graduation caps. In fact, many adults well into their 20s, 30s and beyond still deal with regular acne outbreaks. So, how do you properly treat acne? There is no singular way to treat acne and the best treatment option for you and your skin will depend on the cause. While you might not know what’s to blame for your acne symptoms a dermatologist certainly can help.

Treating Acne on Your Own

If you are dealing with mild to moderate acne, look for products that contain these powerful acne-fighting ingredients:

  • Salicylic acid
  • Benzoyl peroxide
  • Glycolic acid
  • Sulfur
  • Retinol

How a Dermatologist Treats Acne

If you’ve tried over-the-counter acne products for more than 12 weeks and aren’t seeing results, or if you are experiencing severe, deep or cystic acne then it’s time to turn to a skin care professional for help. The first thing your dermatologist will do is determine the cause of your acne. From there, one or more of these treatments may be recommended:

Prescription topical medications: Certain topical medications act as an anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory, which reduces redness and inflammation associated with acne while also removing acne-causing bacteria from the surface of the skin.

A simple extraction: You should never pick at your acne or try to pop a pimple on your own, as you could end up causes further irritation or scarring; however, a dermatologist knows the safest and most effective techniques for extracting blackheads and whiteheads safely.

Birth control pills: For women who notice breakouts that correspond to their menstrual cycle, certain birth control pills may be able to reduce the amount of androgen hormones, which in turn can reduce breakouts. Talk to your dermatologist about the birth control pills that are FDA approved to treat acne.

Isotretinoin: This is an extremely intense oral retinoid that is used for treating severe, cystic acne that isn’t responsive to other treatment options. Isotretinoin is better known as Accutane, and this treatment can take up to nine months to see full results. Some patients will require multiple courses of treatment. Due to the nature of this strong medication, there are some possible side effects. It is important to discuss these side effects with your dermatologist before beginning Isotretinoin.

If you are having trouble getting your acne under control it’s important that you have a dermatologist that you can turn to for customized care. Take control of your acne once and for all.