Acne Treatment Buckeye AZ

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Rita Marian George, MD
(623) 935-0247
555 E Plaza Cir
Litchfield Park, AZ
Specialties
Dermatology, Aerospace Medicine
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Uniformed Services Univ Of The Hlth Sci, Bethesda Md 20814
Graduation Year: 1989

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Anthony John Meyer, MD
(623) 856-6289
7219 N Litchfield Rd
Luke Afb, AZ
Specialties
Dermatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: St Louis Univ Sch Of Med, St Louis Mo 63104
Graduation Year: 1994

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Robert Guyette
(623) 512-4050
12725 W Indian School Road, Ste F-104
Avondale, AZ
 
Anthony Meyer, MD
(623) 856-6289
7219 N Litchfield Rd, Luke Afb Hosp/Sgomd
Glendale Luke Afb, AZ
Education
St Louis Univ Sch Of Med, St Louis Mo 63104Cook County Hosp, Dermatology; St Louis Univ Sch Of Med, Internal Medicine

Richard G Bottiglione, MD
(602) 971-0268
4045 E Bell Rd
Phoenix, AZ
Business
Alliance Dermatology
Specialties
Dermatology

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Lisa Rene Hynes
(623) 889-2516
10750 W Mcdowell Rd
Avondale, AZ
Specialty
Dermatology

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Rita George, MD
(623) 935-0247
555 E Plaza Cir Ste A
Litchfield Park, AZ
Education
Uniformed Services Univ Of The Hlth Sci, Bethesda Md 20814Scott Medical Ctr, Flexible Or Transitional Year

Loriann Wilcox, MD
(623) 584-2127
7219 N Litchfield Rd, 56th Med Grp Sgomd
Glendale Luke Afb, AZ
Education
Oral Roberts Univ Sch Of Med, Tulsa Ok 74137Wilford Hall Med Ctr Aetc, Dermatology; Wilford Hall Med Ctr Aetc, Internal Medicine

www.glowmedicalspaaz.com
(623) 535-0504
14044 W Camelback Rd
Glendale, AZ
 
Ironwood Dermatology
(520) 230-7124
1735 E Skyline Dr
Tucson, AZ
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Hours
Monday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed
Services
Acne Treatment, Age Spot Reduction, Allergic Skin Reaction, Anti-aging Facial Treatments, Birthmarks, Chemical Peels, Cyst Removal , Dermatitis, Dermatology, Dermatopathology, Eczema treatments, Endovenous Laser Therapy, Facial Rejuvenation, Hair Restoration, Laser Hair Removal, Laser Skin Resurfacing, Lip Augmentation, Liposuction, Mole Removal, Non-Surgical Face Lift, Pediatric Dermatology, Psoriasis, Scar Revision, Skin Cancer Surgery, Sun Damage Repair, Vein Therapy, Vitiligo Treatment, Wart

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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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