Dermatologists for Acne Treatment in Florida
What is acne?
Acne is a problem that affects almost everyone at some point in their lives. It is a skin condition that happens when a hair follicle is clogged with oil and/or dead skin cells. While it often affects people during their teenage years, acne can affect people at any age – even older adults. Not only is acne annoying and embarrassing for many, it can also cause damage to the skin over time. The most common areas people experience acne include the face, chest, back, and shoulders, although breakouts can occur anywhere on the body.
What causes acne?
The most common causes of acne are:
- Oil buildup
- Bacteria buildup
- Dead skin cell buildup
- Hormonal changes
Some other factors that can influence a person’s skin and may encourage acne include:
- Some medications
- Hormonal contraceptives
What are the symptoms of acne?
Acne can range in severity – from minor and occasional breakouts to severe and chronic cases. Whenever acne is severe and/or not able to be well-managed with home-care remedies, it may be a good idea to speak with an acne doctor about your treatment options. The most common acne symptoms that may warrant a visit to Pruett Dermatology for acne treatment include the following:
- Pimples (pus-filled bumps on the surface of the skin that are usually tender)
- Cystic pimples (painful bumps beneath the skin’s surface)
How is acne diagnosed?
Dr. Pruett has diagnosed and treated acne for patients in the Florida area for more than 25 years. The diagnosis of acne can be done during a simple office visit at one of our locations in Key West, FL or Islamorada, FL. During your consultation, Dr. Pruett will ask you questions about your acne symptoms, past medical conditions, and current skin concerns. Your skin will be evaluated thoroughly and we’ll discuss your treatment options with you, which are based on your individual needs and skin concerns.
Can acne lead to complications if left untreated?
When acne is left untreated, it not only affects the way you look and feel about your skin, it can also leave your skin feeling uncomfortable, painful, or irritated. Leaving acne untreated over time can actually lead to permanent damage to your skin as well. Acne scarring occurs when severe acne leaves physical markings on the skin that can last a lifetime. Proper care and treatment for acne at its earliest signs is one way to prevent skin irritation and acne scarring. Dr. Pruett of Pruett Dermatology can evaluate your skin no matter how mild or severe your acne is, and make a treatment recommendation that fits your needs and helps to avoid future complications for your skin.
What are the best acne treatments?
The team at Pruett Dermatology has the training and experience to help patients overcome every kind of skin condition, including severe acne. We understand that everyone’s skin is different and can recommend a treatment plan that is tailored to fit you and your personal needs.
Some of the common acne treatment options we may recommend at Pruett Dermatology include:
- Prescription acne medications
- Prescription acne creams
- Chemical peels
- Blackhead and whitehead extraction
- Steroid injections
- Laser therapy
If you are experiencing acne, visit Pruett Dermatology. Dr. Pruett is an experienced, board-certified acne dermatologist who has been serving the Florida Keys community for over 25 years. At Pruett Dermatology, we treat a wide variety of skin problems and care for every individual patient with a personal touch. Visit our warm and welcoming office today or schedule an appointment by calling 305.664.8828 or fill out the form on this page.