Acne. You think of it as a teenage problem, and while actually, it is, this red, painful, and unsightly condition can develop throughout adulthood, too. To avoid the scarring, soreness and emotional upset acne causes, take control with acne treatment options from Connecticut Coastline Dermatology in Milford, CT. Dr. Marco Petrazzuoli understands the distress acne causes, and he works diligently with patients to control it.
The details on acne
Acne lesions affect the skin of the face, neck, shoulder, back, upper arms and legs. When sebum, or skin oil, clogs the pores, whiteheads and blackheads, the most common kind of acne comedones, form. Taken to the extreme, acne lesions may become infected and inflamed, forming pustules or even cystic acne.
Along with the soreness and unsightliness of acne, this skin problem causes patients of all ages to feel embarrassed about their appearance. Anxiety and depression often accompany acne, maintains the American Academy of Dermatology. While millions of individuals in their teens experience persistent acne outbreaks, increasing numbers of women in their midyears also seem to be suffering--hence the theory that hormonal surges of adolescence, child-bearing years and menopause precipitate flare-ups.
Acne treatment in Milford
Acne cannot be cured. However, it can be controlled, mostly with a consistent skin care regimen at home. Treatment typically is conservative and may include:
- Over-the-counter ointments, creams and cleansers (benzoyl peroxide is a common active ingredient) to open up clogged pores
- Twice daily gentle washing of the face and other affected areas
- Allowing the lesions to dry naturally (don't squeeze them or scrub vigorously)
- Using prescription medications
- Topical antibiotics when skin is infected
- In-office extraction of comedones
- Eating a diet low in fat and high in fibrous foods and protein
Patience and persistence are key to successful acne treatment in Milford. Your skin doctor will tell you what interventions should work best for your acne (graded 1 through 4, with 4 being the worst). Also, Dr. Petrazzuoli will help you track your symptoms and the factors which seem to precede outbreaks.
Together, you and the friendly and knowledgeable staff at Connecticut Coastline Dermatology can prevent your acne from impacting your daily function and self-image. Call today for a consultation: (203) 301-5860.