Eagle Dermatology -  - Dermatologist

Eagle Dermatology

Dermatologists located in Eagle, ID

Persistent acne can cause emotional stress and leave you feeling insecure in social situations. Our board-certified dermatologist at Eagle Dermatology in Eagle, Idaho, Dr. Gabriel Guerrero provides effective acne treatments so you can rid yourself of pimples and blackheads and get your life back. When home remedies won’t clear your acne, it’s time to seek the help of a professional. Call or schedule an appointment online today.

Acne Q&A

What causes acne?

Acne develops whenever your hair follicles become clogged with oil and dead skin cells. Normally, your body naturally sheds dead skin cells, but if you produce too much sebum (oil) in your pores, the dead skin cells can stick together and get trapped.

This can happen nearly anywhere on your body but is most common on your:

  • Face
  • Shoulders
  • Chest
  • Upper back

Clogged pores appear as red pimples, blackheads, or whiteheads, and can be painful and persistent, especially when the bacteria on your skin gets into your pores. The bacteria make your pores red and swollen on the surface of your skin. If the bacteria go deeper, you can get an acne cyst.

Hormones also play a role in triggering or aggravating acne symptoms during puberty and pregnancy. Stress, diet, and lifestyle may also contribute to excess oil production in your pores that makes acne worse.

When should I seek medical treatment for acne?

When home care remedies and over-the-counter acne treatments aren’t clearing up your skin, it’s time to see a dermatologist like Dr. Guerrero. Otherwise, your acne can become more severe and cause permanent scarring.

Dr. Guerrero closely examines your skin and creates an individual treatment plan based on your specific skin type and acne symptoms. As a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, he takes a holistic approach to treating your acne, so your treatment plan may include:

  • Oral medications
  • Topical medications
  • Prescription cleansers
  • Diet and lifestyle changes
  • Laser or light therapies
  • Chemical peels
  • Drainage and extraction of large cysts

Your acne treatment depends on the severity of your condition, your symptoms, your age, and your overall health. If your acne breakout is sudden, especially as an adult, it could be a sign of an underlying condition and you should seek medical treatment so Dr. Guerrero can determine the cause.

What can I do to prevent acne breakouts?

Once your acne is under control, you can take an active role in managing future breakouts. Dr. Guerrero advises you on specific changes you can make, and for many, the following tips can help control the severity of your acne:

  • Wash with a gentle facial cleanser (harsh ones can create more aggravation)
  • Avoid scrubs, astringents, and masks that irritate your skin
  • Use products with salicylic acid, alpha hydroxy acid, or benzoyl peroxide
  • Protect your skin from the sun
  • Avoid picking at your pimples or touching them
  • Use a non-comedogenic moisturizer

You don’t have to suffer the emotional stress of acne any longer — Dr. Guerrero can help. Call or schedule an appointment online today.