Acne Treatment Bullhead City AZ

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Michael Ray Proctor
(928) 758-8885
3015 Highway 95
Bullhead City, AZ

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Don A Anderson, MD
(928) 758-8885
3015 Highway 95 Suite 110
Bullhead City, AZ
Awan Tamseela DO
(928) 758-3931
1225 Hancock Road Suite K
Bullhead City, AZ
Adams, Amy
(928) 758-8885
3015 HIGHWAY 95 STE 110
Bullhead City, AZ
Ironwood Dermatology
(520) 230-7124
1735 E Skyline Dr
Tucson, AZ
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Arizona Desert Dermatology & Surgery
(928) 758-8885
3003 Highway 95 Suite 100
Bullhead City, AZ
Michael Proctor, DO
(928) 763-5332
2771 Camino Del Rio
Bullhead City, AZ
Proctor, Michael
(928) 692-8885
3015 HIGHWAY 95 STE 110
Bullhead City, AZ
Richard G Bottiglione, MD
(602) 971-0268
4045 E Bell Rd
Phoenix, AZ
Alliance Dermatology

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David Barry Solomon, MD
(623) 974-3659
11361 N 99th Ave Ste 201
Peoria, AZ
Medical School: Univ Of Il Coll Of Med, Chicago Il 60680
Graduation Year: 1978

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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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