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Acne Skin Analysis and Treatment Plan
You will be given a complete skin assessment and your acne severity will be documented using the Burton scale, other descriptions and/or pretreatment acne photos. These will be used to follow your progress during treatment.
Acne severity may be assessed by the Burton scale, however, acne patients always have variable severity in different areas of the body.
The presence of scars or deep cysts means more aggressive therapy will be required.
An Acne Skin Treatment Plan containing your personalized acne correction program specific to your skin’s needs will be developed. Of course your acne severity and response to therapy will determine the number and types of treatments and therapies.
Common Prescription Medications Used to Control Acne:• Doxycycline or Minocycline Antibiotics - This cuts the bacterial accounts in the reddish pimples. More importantly it cuts inflammation. This is needed only for those with active inflammation such as pink or reddish active pimples. Its effectiveness is only on reddish or inflamed pimples. Areas without inflammation, such as blackheads, will not be affected.
• Accutane (isotretinoin) - This is what I call the nuclear option. Accutane therapy is extremely effective, extremely toxic and extremely expensive. Side effects are many, including severe birth defects if a pregnant woman is on it, high triglycerides, peeling skin, dry skin, depression and suicide. Some people think it may cause chronic bowel problems. At our office, we will occasionally recommend Accutane in patients with obviously severe acne not responding to other therapies. Insurance will usually cover this. There are only 2 therapies that produce long term reduction in acne lasting for months or years after the therapy is stopped, PDT and Accutane.
• Hormonal Therapy in Women - Many hormonal therapies are used in females to help acne. Metformin and spironolactone are useful in many women, but they are often only moderately effective. These are most useful in women with irregular periods and polycystic ovary syndrome. Birth control pills are more potent and useful in almost all women. 50% or more reduction in acne after 2 months of therapy is typical. Most dermatologists are not that skilled in using hormonal therapies. Prescribing birth control pills is usually tied in with regular medical visits which may include breast checks, Pap smear and things dermatologists do not really deal with.
Insurance will generally cover acne medical visits and acne prescription medications. However, they almost never pay for light therapies, laser therapy, over the counter acne products, scar reduction therapy and so forth.
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