Acne Treatment Alabaster AL

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Clement P Cotter Jr, MD
(205) 664-4630
1216 1st St N
Alabaster, AL
Specialties
Plastic Surgery, Dermatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Al Sch Of Med, Birmingham Al 35294
Graduation Year: 1982
Hospital
Hospital: Baptist Shelby Med Ctr, Alabaster, Al
Group Practice: Alabama Skin Cancer

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Cotter Clement P Jr MD
(205) 664-4630
1216 1st St N
Alabaster, AL
 
Jason Lee Lockridge, MD
(205) 426-5507
PO Box 632
Helena, AL
Specialties
Dermatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Harvard Med Sch, Boston Ma 02115
Graduation Year: 1995
Hospital
Hospital: Uab Med West, Bessemer, Al; Baptist Montclair Med Ctr, Birmingham, Al
Group Practice: Ginsburg Dermatology Ctr

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Ann E Koppius Gerald, MD
(205) 988-3311
4515 Southlake Pkwy Ste 203
Birmingham, AL
Specialties
Dermatology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Baylor Coll Of Med, Houston Tx 77030
Graduation Year: 1969

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Stacy Jeanene Haynes
(256) 831-8100
3825 Lorna Rd
Birmingham, AL
Specialty
Dermatology

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Henderson Jr, Robert L MD - Shelby Dermatology
(205) 621-9500
1022 1st St N, #201
Alabaster, AL
 
Shelby Dermatology
(205) 621-9500
1022 1st St N
Alabaster, AL
 
Parsons, Renee - Dermatology Plus
(205) 988-3311
4515 Southlake Pky, #203
Birmingham, AL
 
Haynes, Stacy J MD - Anniston Dermatology Center
(205) 988-3733
3825 Lorna Rd, #240
Birmingham, AL
 
Teresa G Soto, MD
985 9th Ave SW Ste 504
Bessemer, AL
Specialties
Dermatology
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2007

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Suggestions for Acne Treatment?

Q. Do you have any suggestions for the treatment of acne? -Karen

Q. Do you have any suggestions for the treatment of acne? I’ve been researching accutane but am looking for a safer solution. Thank you, Karen

Hi Karen,

Acne is a common problem for many which occurs when oil and sebaceous glands that produce sebum to lubricate the skin get clogged by skin cells. The obstructed gland swells with excess sebum and becomes inflamed and sometimes infected. This results in a variety of appearances from whiteheads, blackheads, papules and pustules, to cysts that are large inflamed pus filled lesions that leave scars. 

The cause of this increase in sebum production is not really known but it’s thought that hormones play a role. For women, the week before menses is a common time of occurrence. High testosterone levels, especially in people who abuse exogenous testosterone, is known to correlate with acne. The use of hair and face products such as make-up that contains vegetable or animal oils will certainly contribute to blocking the oil glands. Medications linked to an increased occurrence of acne include: corticosteroids, androgens, birth control pills, lithium, halogens, isoniazid, phenytoin, and phenobarbitol.

Treatment options begin with the basics, which you have likely already addressed such as keeping the skin free of oils, washing with soap to reduce bacterial counts, and over the counter use of benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid.

Your doctor will likely recommend antibiotics such as clindamycin or erythromycin to kill bacteria in an attempt to reduce inflammation. If you choose this approach I would recommend the topical varieties so that you avoid a systemic exposure. Antibiotics will kill bacteria in your bowel that are important for immune system to work effectively. Other options like retinoids (Retin-A) are medications derived from vitamin A and work by unclogging pores and reducing inflammation but can cause significant side effects such as peeling, redness and photosensitivity (sun burn).

Accutane is another well known acne treatment but we are not sure exactly how it works. Has great potential to cause birth defects in women.

Food and acne is always a popular discussion but from a scientific aspect there is no evidence that food effects acne, not even chocolate. The one possible exception would be that if you have a food allergy then this can upset your delicate immune balance and play some role. Many people have IgG food sensitivities and are completely unaware. If you have any symptoms such as joint pain, headache, rash, gas, bloating, congestion, cough after eating a particular food then you may have an allergy to that food and should get further evaluation which can be done through a simple blood test. Look at Alletess or Immuno Lab online for more information.

Natural therapies that offer hope:
Zinc has been shown in studies to reduce the effects of acne. Be careful not to take too much as zinc excess can...

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