Acne in Chambersburg, PA

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Acne is one of the most common skin conditions affecting millions of teens and adults each year. While some cases are considered mild and may be controlled with a consistent facial cleansing routine and over-the-counter medications, many times, this is not enough to clear acne completely. Uncontrolled acne, even for weeks to months, can leave scarring.

There are many different lesions that can be present in acne. Typically, a mixture of whiteheads, blackheads, pimples, and sometimes even painful cysts are present. A buildup of dead skin cells that clog our pores and allow bacteria to cause inflammation contributes to acne formation. It is most frequently found on the face, chest, shoulders, and back. It is important to identify and treat acne early to avoid permanent scarring.

At OneSkin Dermatology, Dr. Rachel Day and her team offer the Chambersburg area numerous treatment options to tackle active acne, pigment change, scarring, or a mix to get clear, luminous skin!

Acne is a Medical Disease

The factors that contribute to acne are multifactorial and can include hormonal, dietary, environmental, and medication effects. It is important to identify which causes are contributing to an individual’s acne so a targeted treatment plan can control breakouts before scarring occurs. At OneSkin Dermatology, a personalized approach looking at lifestyle habits, dietary considerations, types of acne, and level of scarring will get you on the path to clearer, healthy-looking skin fast!

How do I know it's Acne?

Not all "pimples" are acne. See our experts to make sure you have the right diagnosis. The severity of acne symptoms can range from mild, "annoying breakouts" to tender cysts and even painful nodules with flu-like symptoms. Mood changes, lowered self-esteem, and lack of confidence in social settings can often occur even with mild acne. OneSkin Dermatology recognizes the impact acne can have on an individual’s well-being and approaches the treatment of acne as a medical condition, not a cosmetic inconvenience.

the most comprehensive ACNE treatment in Chambersburg, PA

Figuring out the right treatment regimen alone can be challenging! Often, using only over-the-counter treatments does not get rid of acne completely. At OneSkin Dermatology, Dr. Day offers patients several treatment options to control acne and achieve clearer skin. For mild cases of acne, topical medications containing salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide, sulfur, or retinoids (Vitamin A derivatives) may be sufficient. Occasionally, oral antibiotics, such as minocycline, doxycycline, or azithromycin may be used to expedite clearance. However, Dr. Day uses oral antibiotics sparingly in the treatment of acne to minimize any possible negative effects that could be caused by prolonged use. For recalcitrant or severe acne, she is a local expert in the use of isotretinoin or Accutane and helps patients and families feel comfortable and safe throughout their treatment course. Adjunctive treatment modalities available at OneSkin Dermatology include acne chemical peels, laser treatment, and acne facials. Treatment for pigmentation problems related to resolved acne and scarring are also available using chemical peels, IPL, microneedling, and laser procedures.

What Should I Expect Following Acne Treatment?

OneSkin Dermatology offers various acne treatments for a wide range of acne severities. Your potential side effects and aftercare instructions will also vary depending on the treatment. In all cases, Dr. Day and our Chambersburg, PA team will want to monitor your progress and see if your acne is clearing. In the case of prescription treatments for more severe acne, such as Accutane, we will want to see you for follow-up appointments more often than those who are using milder topical treatments for their acne. Side effects of Accutane, or isotretinoin, may include itching, dry skin, dry eyes, and joint pain. It is not recommended for those who are pregnant or are planning to become pregnant. If you opt to get chemical peels, acne facials, and/or laser treatments, we may recommend multiple sessions as part of your treatment plan, and you may experience some redness for a short period following your session(s).

Acne FAQ

What causes acne?

The primary cause of acne is hormonal fluctuations which can prompt the oil glands in the skin to overproduce sebum (skin oil), which can block pores, leading to acne outbreaks. At OneSkin Dermatology, Dr. Day takes a holistic approach to treating acne that takes into account your diet, hormones, gut biome health, activity level, and more to ensure your acne treatment targets the root causes of your acne, and not just the symptoms.

Can acne be permanently cured?

No, there is currently no permanent cure for acne. While most people only have acne during puberty or early adulthood, many people struggle with acne throughout their life. However, there are effective treatments to reduce acne symptoms and lessen the frequency of flare-ups. At OneSkin Dermatology, we offer a wide range of the latest acne treatments so we can customize treatment plans for each patient's unique skin needs to achieve optimal results.

How do I know which acne treatment is right for me?

Dr. Day will thoroughly examine your skin, listen to your concerns, and review your medical history to determine which acne treatment will best suit your skin. For some people, topical medications may be enough to reduce their acne symptoms. Other patients may need a combination of treatments that can include medications, laser procedures, chemical peels, and more to achieve the clearer and healthier skin they want. Whatever your skin care needs, we will create a treatment plan that addresses the whole-body causes of your acne specifically curated to help you achieve the best results.

Do certain foods cause acne or make it worse?

In general, no, eating certain foods does not cause acne. Much research has gone into the link between certain foods and acne. While the relationship between food and acne is still being studied, there are some foods claimed to make acne worse, including heavily fried foods, dairy products, food high in saturated fats, foods high in processed sugar, and milk chocolate. The triggering factor between acne and these foods is that they may affect hormone levels, which can lead to acne.

Should I pop my pimples?

No, most dermatologists recommend against popping pimples. Popping pimples can lead to infections and scarring, and delay the healing process. It is generally recommended to leave them alone, allowing them to heal on their own, especially if you are using an acne treatment.

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If you’re ready to stop dealing with stubborn, uncontrolled acne, find out how OneSkin Dermatology’s customized treatment plan can get you the clear skin you’ve always wanted. Love your oneskin today!

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