Acne Specialist

Skin Dermatology

Dermatologists located in Shrewsbury, MA

Acne is the most common dermatological condition, affecting millions of Americans every year. At Skin Dermatology in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts, Dr. Alissa Lamoureux, DO, FAOCD, FAAD, provides comprehensive, personalized acne care to help you improve your skin’s health. Contact Skin Dermatology today to schedule a medical evaluation or book an appointment online to find the right treatment to manage your acne.

Acne Q & A

What is acne?

Acne occurs when your hair follicles and pores get clogged by oil and dead skin cells. It can appear in many forms, including:

  • Blackheads
  • Pimples
  • Whiteheads
  • Cysts

Many people experience acne on their face, chest, shoulders, and upper back. It can appear as small whiteheads or large, inflamed, cystic pimples.

Though teenagers going through hormone changes are most likely to experience acne, it can occur in anyone at any age. It can be especially troublesome due to overactive androgens (male hormones) or for females undergoing hormonal changes due to their menstrual cycle or pregnancy.

Acne can hurt your self-esteem and be physically painful. Acne can also cause permanent scars if it becomes too irritated or inflamed. The right treatment can help break the cycle of acne, allowing your skin time to heal.

How do you treat acne?

At Skin Dermatology, Dr. Lamoureux performs personalized analysis of acne to help determine what treatment is right for you. You may benefit from her care if over-the-counter acne treatments have not helped you achieve healthier skin.

Your treatment will likely be a combination of prescription and non-prescription skin care products. For instance, you may receive a cleanser, moisturizer, and toning product to use each day to keep skin clean and clear.

Depending on the severity of your acne, you may also receive oral and topical medications. Some medicines, like birth control, antibiotics, or acne medicines can be very effective at clearing up your skin. However, these treatments may have side effects, so you should always bring up any concerns you have with Dr. Lamoureux.

You may also benefit from facial treatments. These spa-like treatments are not only relaxing, but are quite beneficial to your skin. Facials can help achieve instant clarity to the skin and offer quick results, improving healing and reducing the appearance of acne scars.

Dr. Lamoureux will also share tips on how to care for your skin, like avoiding picking at pimples and when to clean your skin. By following her advice, you’ll be more likely to experience successful treatment.

When should I expect results from acne treatment?

Unfortunately, acne treatment can take weeks or months to be fully effective. It takes time for your skin to heal and to stop the cycle of inflammation. Dr. Lamoureux will help you set realistic goals and achieve healthy skin as quickly as possible.

Take the first step toward clear skin. Contact Skin Dermatology today or book an appointment online for your personalized analysis.