Help for Your Acne

There seems to be no easy answer for acne. Even mild outbreaks can become stubbornly persistent or recur on the very morning of your most important day. For many individuals, moderate-to-severe acne is often a physically and cosmetically painful experience that can follow you through adolescence and into adulthood.

Dr. Alexander D. Stein, of Stein Dermatology and Skin Surgery in Chula Vista, California, is a board-certified dermatologist and Mohs surgical expert who is committed to providing highly effective medical and cosmetic skin care services for people of all ages. Our team also considers patient education, comfort, and satisfaction a top priority.

Dr. Stein shares his knowledge about acne and the help that’s available for tackling this frustratingly common condition.

Why acne is so hard to treat

Acne is an extremely common skin condition that, according to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), affects about 85% of people between the ages of 12 and 24. However, acne can occur at any age. Many individuals experience their first outbreak in their 30s, 40s, and beyond.

Four causes of acne are:

Effective acne control requires treatment for each underlying issue, which may be difficult to accomplish with home remedies or over-the-counter products.

It’s also important to note that certain factors can initiate or worsen an acne outbreak. These include:

Successful acne treatment requires an understanding of your acne triggers as well as the type(s) of acne you’re experiencing.

The different types of acne

The different forms of acne include:

Note that fungal acne (pityrosporum folliculitis) is often mistaken for bacterial acne. However, it’s caused by a yeast infection in the affected hair follicles.

How a dermatologist can help with acne

Mild acne may respond well to over-the-counter treatments. However, because acne treatments vary according to type, it’s important to identify both the type and underlying trigger for your acne.

If you’re finding it difficult to identify which OTC product to try, Dr. Stein can design a care regimen that suits your skin type and helps control acne outbreaks.

Otherwise, for moderate-to-severe acne, he may recommend treatment with:

Note that for optimal results, Dr. Stein typically designs an acne treatment strategy that includes a combination of these therapies.

For help with your acne or more information about any of the services available at Stein Dermatology, schedule an evaluation today.

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