Acne Treatment Enfield CT

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Sharon Marie Christie, MD
(860) 763-7647
146 Hazard Ave Ste 104
Enfield, CT
Specialties
Dermatology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: New York Med Coll, Valhalla Ny 10595
Graduation Year: 1992
Hospital
Hospital: Johnson Mem Hosp, Stafford Spgs, Ct
Group Practice: Enfield Dermatology

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Christie, Sharon MD - Enfield Dermatology LLC
(860) 749-7437
146 Hazard Ave, Ste 101
Enfield, CT
 
Robert Sproule Letteney, MD
(413) 734-7767
130 Maple St
Springfield, MA
Specialties
Dermatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Tufts Univ Sch Of Med, Boston Ma 02111
Graduation Year: 1960

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Wayne Henry Duke, MD
(413) 794-0898
759 Chestnut St
Springfield, MA
Specialties
Dermatology, Dermatopathology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Tufts Univ Sch Of Med, Boston Ma 02111
Graduation Year: 1988

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Ronald Stanley Nadel, MD
(413) 733-9600
3455 Main St Ste 5
Springfield, MA
Specialties
Dermatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Vt Coll Of Med, Burlington Vt 05405
Graduation Year: 1963
Hospital
Hospital: Baystate Med Ctr, Springfield, Ma
Group Practice: New England Dermatology

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Sharon Marie Christie
(860) 749-7437
146 Hazard Ave
Enfield, CT
Specialty
Dermatology

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Edward Harris Benjamin
(860) 741-2531
115 Elm St
Enfield, CT
Specialty
Dermatology

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Peter Theodore Demos, MD
(413) 739-6611
125 Liberty St Ste 202
Springfield, MA
Specialties
Dermatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ct Sch Of Med, Farmington Ct 06032
Graduation Year: 1980

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Jean Marie Henneberry, MD
(413) 794-4500
759 Chestnut St
Springfield, MA
Specialties
Dermatology, Dermatopathology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Tx Southwestern Med Ctr At Dallas, Med Sch, Dallas Tx 75235
Graduation Year: 1991

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Paul F Curtis, MD
(413) 732-6097
300 Stafford St Ste 310
Springfield, MA
Specialties
Dermatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Jefferson Med Coll-Thos Jefferson Univ, Philadelphia Pa 19107
Graduation Year: 1980
Hospital
Hospital: Mercy Hospital, Springfield, Ma; Baystate Med Ctr, Springfield, Ma
Group Practice: Dermatology & Laser Ctr

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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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