For people who have persistent acne, it is a struggle to find the right skincare regimen.
There are varying degrees of severity of a person’s acne, from an occasional pimple to cystic acne with large pimples. These can be painful, embarrassing, and cause scarring.
Depending on the type and severity of acne, Vanguard’s dermatologists will recommend treatments. The most common product recommendations are listed here.
A 5-10% benzoyl peroxide wash is an over-the-counter product that is most commonly recommended by Vanguard’s dermatologists. Benzoyl peroxide is commonly found in acne products from cleansers to creams, because it can help reduce acne-causing bacteria. Thus, a benzoyl peroxide wash is a common recommendation for any acne regimen.
Benzoyl peroxide can be drying, however, so it does require a moisturizer to rehydrate the skin.
Many patients with acne do not want to use a moisturizer, for fear it will exacerbate acne. However, it’s important to hydrate the skin, especially since many acne treatments can cause dryness. A non-comedogenic, oil-free moisturizer is important, even for patients with acne.
Clara HydraGel is an excellent option for patients who would prefer not to use a lotion. This hyaluronic gel absorbs quickly into the skin, providing moisture but without any weight or residue. It is a favorite for acne patients.
It is important for acne patients to wear sunscreen daily, since acne can make one prone to hyperpigmentation. A light-weight, oil-free sunscreen can provide the necessary protection without exacerbating acne. EltaMD UV Clear and VanguardMD Sheer are the two sunscreens most recommended to acne patients.
For patients who require more than over-the-counter treatments, Vanguard’s dermatologists and advanced practice providers will prescribe medications – typically beginning with topical medications. For those who require more aggressive treatments, oral prescription medications may be necessary. The good news is that it is possible to manage acne and to see significant improvement with the right treatment.
Skin Peels and Laser Treatments
Once acne has been managed successfully, patients may still have remnants of acne due to dyspigmentation (post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation) – also called simply marks – from old acne scars. Vanguard Aesthetics provides peels and laser treatments to address acne scarring and hyperpigmentation, making your skin look younger, smoother, and clearer.
Acne Doctors in Colorado Springs
If you or your child is struggling with acne, you don’t have to fight it alone. Partner with an experienced dermatologist and see how much better your skin and your complexion can be.
The dermatology providers who specialize in the treatment of acne at Vanguard Skin Specialists in Colorado Springs, Pueblo, and Woodland Park include the following:
- Michael Leslie
- Maria Sheron
- Rachel Frederickson, PA-C
- Shea Kersh, PA-C
- Emily Reynolds, FNP-BC
- Megan Stimpson, PA-C
We also provide a full-service dermatology clinic, including full-body skin exams, skin cancer treatments, aesthetic and laser skin treatments, and plastic and reconstructive surgery. We even perform breast reconstruction surgery to make you feel great about yourself even after a single or double mastectomy.
Contact our team today by calling (719) 355-1585 or request an appointment online, and trust your skin to the best dermatologists in Colorado!