Scarring can be prevented with early appropriate therapy. Acne cysts can be injected with very low dose triamcinolone and if they are of recent onset, they will stop hurting within about four hours and subside by the next day. We offer same day service for cyst injections to our acne patients without a charge for regular office visits.
There are a broad range of treatments available to acne patients including topical antibacterial and antibiotic creams and gels, topical retinoids such as Differin® or Retin A, birth control pills, spironolactone, oral antibiotics and various laser treatments such as Smoothbeam™, Excel V™, Laser Genesis V™, VariLight™, and the BLU-U™( PhotoDynamic Therapy).
Severe acne may be treated with oral isotretinoin. Isotretinoin is a derivative of Vitamin A, formally known as Accutane. Brand names include Zenatane™, Claravis™, Amnesteem®, Absorica®, and Myorisan™. Isotretinoin was first approved in the United States in 1982 and has been used widely since that time. It is usually taken for 20 weeks and is the only real “cure” for acne. All other treatments help to control the problem until the patient outgrows his/her acne.
Because isotretinoin may cause severe birth defects in women who take it while pregnant, it is highly regulated. It does not affect eggs or sperm, only the developing fetus. We participate in the federally mandated iPledge program which oversees the prescribing and dispensing of oral isotretinoin. We can evaluate your skin and recommend an individual treatment plan tailored to your needs.