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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.

By Dr. Maloney
July 28, 2015
Category: Scientific Studies
Tags: Acne   research  

Volunteers for Facial Acne Clinical Study:

We are currently enrolling qualified participants in a clinical research
study with a new investigational drug.

To qualify, you must be between the ages of 9 and 45, have acne pimples on your face and be in good general health.

Health insurance is not needed to participate and you may receive compensation for time and travel.

Participants must be willing to make six site visits.

Call 303 388 5629 to speak with our research department or email [email protected]

Cherry Creek Dermatology is currently enrolling patients for a clinical trial using a new acne medication.  Volunteers receive no-cost medication and reimbursement for travel, for more information please call our research department at 303 388 5629 today.

By J Michael Maloney MD
February 16, 2015
Category: Skin News
Tags: Acne   skin care  

Information from the American Medical Association:

Acne is the most common skin disorder in the United States.

Most people with acne are teenagers and young adults, but the condition can persist into adulthood. Adult acne is becoming more common, especially in women, for reasons that are not understood. Acne usually affects the face, chest, and upper back. Untreated acne can cause temporary skin discoloration or permanent scarring. In some people, acne can lead to low self-esteem, avoidance of social situations, and even depression.


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  • Skin cell turnover: Skin is always being renewed, shedding dead cells as new cells emerge. Sometimes this process speeds up, resulting in a buildup of dead skin cells inside hair follicles.

  • Sebum production: Glands associated with hair follicles in the skin secrete sebum, a waxy material that moisturizes the skin. The body makes more sebum when androgens (hormones) increase, which is why acne often occurs during puberty. Sebum traps dead skin cells inside the follicle, resulting in a comedo (small plug).

  • Bacterial colonization: A bacterium that lives on the skin and is usually harmless can multiply inside a comedo. The result is inflammation (redness and swelling), which leads to a rupture of the comedo under the skin. This rupture can result in larger, more painful lesions.


Other factors can contribute to acne. Genetics is believed to play a role, making some people more likely than others to develop acne. Friction (from a helmet, headband, tight clothing, or scrubbing the skin) and picking or squeezing acne lesions can cause or worsen acne. Drugs including steroids and anticonvulsants may contribute to acne. Some cosmetics and hair products make acne worse.


Acne severity depends on the type of lesions present and how much skin is affected. Most cases of acne can be successfully treated. But even with proper medication use, it may take up to 2 months to see improvement. Mild acne can often be treated with topical (applied to the skin) over-the-counter medications. For more severe acne, a doctor may prescribe stronger topical medicines, oral antibiotics, or oral contraceptives (for women). Isotretinoin is used to treat severe acne, but strict monitoring is necessary for patients taking this drug


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