Acne Treatment Tacoma WA

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Lloyd Charles Elmer, MD
(253) 752-7705
1901 S Union Ave Ste B2003
Tacoma, WA
Specialties
Dermatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Tulane Univ Sch Of Med, New Orleans La 70112
Graduation Year: 1964

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Cascade Eye Skin Centers PC
(253) 272-9309
1924 S Cedar St, Ste B
Tacoma, WA
 
Hao Wang, MD
2201 S 19th St Ste 104
Tacoma, WA
Specialties
Dermatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ca, San Francisco, Sch Of Med, San Francisco Ca 94143
Graduation Year: 1998

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Maureen Ann Mooney, MD
(253) 272-9309
1924 S Cedar St 1703 S Meridian
Tacoma, WA
Gender
Female
Languages
Spanish, Russian
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Mn Med Sch-Minneapolis, Minneapolis Mn 55455
Graduation Year: 1992
Hospital
Hospital: Good Samaritan Hospital & Reha, Puyallup, Wa
Group Practice: Cascade Eye & Skin Ctr

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Sidney F Whaley Jr, MD
(253) 383-1529
314 Martin Luther King Jr Way Ste 210
Tacoma, WA
Specialties
Dermatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Pa Sch Of Med, Philadelphia Pa 19104
Graduation Year: 1963

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Dr.TROY DAVIS
(206) 324-7546
209 South K Street
Tacoma, WA
Gender
M
Speciality
Dermatologist
General Information
Accepting New Patients: Yes
RateMD Rating
5.0, out of 5 based on 1, reviews.

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James Michael Komorous, MD
(253) 752-7705
1901 S Union Ave Ste B2003
Tacoma, WA
Specialties
Dermatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Wa Sch Of Med, Seattle Wa 98195
Graduation Year: 1973

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Jill R Rosenthal
(253) 596-3300
209 Martin Luther King Jr Way
Tacoma, WA
Specialty
Dermatology

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Ronald A Johnson, MD
(253) 627-4638
708 Broadway Ste 400
Tacoma, WA
Specialties
Dermatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Wayne State Univ Sch Of Med, Detroit Mi 48201
Graduation Year: 1978

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Charles Gadue Hubbell, MD
(253) 383-3377
1901 S Union Ave Ste A229
Tacoma, WA
Specialties
Dermatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Vt Coll Of Med, Burlington Vt 05405
Graduation Year: 1973

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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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