acne myths

When to Schedule a Visit for Acne Treatment

It’s sometimes hard to know when to get out of the drugstore aisle and into the Dermatology office.  If you’ve been treating acne with over-the-counter treatments (such as benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid) for over six weeks, or if you’re developing scarring at any point, we recommend coming in for an appointment with one of our providers.  We will gently examine your skin to determine the type of acne you are dealing with and work with you to find the best regimen for your skin.

Every person is different and so are the needs of their skin, but some of the most common acne treatments we prescribe are topical antibiotics and topical retinoids.  These ingredients kill the acne-causing bacteria and make sure your pores stay clear to avoid the development of acne in the first place.  Some patients may get the optimal results with a combination of a course of oral medication and topical medicines.  During your visit, we’ll explain all of your treatment options and help to clear your skin in a safe and effective way.

Lauren Sundick, PA-C, is a board-certified dermatology physician assistant. She is accepting new patients in our Plymouth and Edina locations.