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Denver, CO 80209
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Posts for: November, 2017

By Cherry Creek Dermatology
November 14, 2017
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Acne  

If you have acne, you know how difficult and distressing it can be. Outbreaks on the face, neck, shoulders, and chest are unsightly, acneuncomfortable and stubborn. Your Denver, CO, dermatologist, Dr. James Maloney, sees a large number of acne sufferers at Cherry Creek Dermatology. Most acne patients are teens, but many are adults, too, says the American Academy of Dermatology. All patients no matter the age have a common goal: control this all too common skin condition called acne.

Just what is acne?

Acne Vulgaris consists of oil- and/or pus-filled pimples on the exposed areas of the body--most notably, the face and neck. The infected pustules, red papules, whiteheads or blackheads stem from blocked sebaceous glands and hair follicles in the outermost layer of skin called the epidermis. Some acne is so severe that the lesions are actually cysts and can leave substantial scarring if not treated.

While poor skin hygiene may worsen acne, it does not really cause it. The real culprits are:

  • An overabundance of skin cells
  • Excessive oil (sebum) production
  • Hormonal surges (hence, the characteristic teen break-outs)
  • Presence of bacteria on the skin (we have germs all over our bodies)
  • Heredity (acne runs in families)

Controlling acne

While popular advice and drugstore products (and gimmicks) for controlling acne abound, the best way to stay on top of it is good treatment planning from your Denver, CO, dermatologist. Dr. Maloney is board-certified, has 40 years of clinical experience and is a great listener. He'll examine your acne and show you ways to bring it in hand.

Common acne treatments

There are many acne treatments and your care plan at Cherry Creek Dermatology will be suited to your unique needs. Commonly used treatments include:

  • Benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, and Vitamin A-based topical preparations
  • Antibiotics (topical or oral) for infected acne lesions
  • Extraction procedures performed in the office
  • Prescription isotretinoin for cystic acne

Also, Dr. Maloney advises gentle washing of the face and other areas which are affected by acne. He emphasizes the word "gentle" because vigorous and frequent scrubbing of acne lesions only irritates the skin and does nothing to lessen outbreaks.

Take control

At Cherry Creek Dermatology in Denver, CO, Dr. Maloney and his team are dedicated to healthy, attractive skin for all their patients. If you'd like a personal consultation with Dr. Maloney, contact the office for a convenient appointment. Reach us at (303) 388-5629.




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