What is Acne?
Acne is most commonly associated with teenagers, but people of all ages can experience this skin condition, which not only has a physical toll but emotional as well. Since there are various forms of acne caused by clogged pores, such as whiteheads, blackheads, pimples and cysts, there are a variety of acne treatments to get rid of them. San Antonio dermatologist, Dr. Garcia, will examine a person’s skin in order to determine which type of acne he or she is experiencing to customize the best course of treatment. Having clearer skin can greatly boost a patient’s confidence and quality of life.
Acne Treatment Reviews
"We love Dr. Cervantes and her staff. Dr. Cervantes truly was heaven sent for my son and his struggles with acne. She made his light shine again! I’m incredibly thankful!"- C.L. / Facebook / Apr 30, 2022
"I want to thank everyone at Sonterra Dermatology who has helped me get my Taltz injections. It has been a struggle with insurance denying the medication because they don't cover Taltz. Also, getting the run around from multiple pharmacies about who would fill the prescription was a pain. I have been without my medicine for months and started having psoriasis flare-ups. The dedicated staff at Sonterra Dermatology worked on an appeal for me with the insurance company. I am so grateful my medication finally got approved. I have tried multiple biologics, and Taltz was the only medication that would clear up my stubborn patches. Thank you, Sonterra Dermatology, for everything you did to help me. I got my medicine, and I hope to have clear skin again."- K.R. / Facebook / May 03, 2022
"Great dermatology practice! I never have to wait long, the staff and doctors are great!"- A.R. / Google / May 04, 2022
"The staff here has so much empathy and really are invested in helping you look your best. I am so grateful for the top notch care I received at Sonterra Dermatology."- S.C. / Google / May 28, 2022
"Sonterra Dermatology is a wonderful place for skin care. Dr. Garcia is knowledgeable and gracious as is her staff. I highly recommend Sonterra Dermatology."- L.N. / Google / Jun 25, 2022
Symptoms of Acne
Acne symptoms vary in combination with the type of acne and its severity. Blemishes are a common, most visible symptom of acne and come in many different forms. Types of blemishes include blackheads, whiteheads, cysts, pustules, nodules, and papules. Each type of blemish ranges from mild to severe and will need to be treated accordingly. Studies have shown that acne can create emotional symptoms as well, which include low self-esteem and depression. Other symptoms associated with acne are dark spots on the skin and permanent scars.
What Causes Acne?
A “flare-up” of acne can occur for a number of different reasons, including hormonal fluctuations associated with puberty, pregnancy, and menopause. In addition, certain medications and drugs, such as the birth control pill, can cause acne, as well as stress and a poor diet. Once the exact cause of acne is diagnosed, a proper treatment plan can be established.
How to Treat Acne
Research shows that over-the-counter ointments are not proven to effectively treat severe acne. Our dermatology office offers numerous treatment options to control and manage acne and clear its symptoms. For milder cases of acne, prescription ointments such as topical solutions that contain salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide can help. There are also oral antibiotics, such as doxycycline, minocycline or tetracycline that are effective to use. In addition to topical and oral prescriptions, laser treatments have also proven to be effective. Not only can a laser treatment help to deep clean and attack dead skin cells under the dermal layer, it can also help reduce redness and other pigmentation issues associated with acne. Chemical peels, microneedling and dermabrasion may also help depending on the type of acne the patient has.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Procedure Time
- 15 Minutes
Treat Your Acne Today!
If you are tired of covering your acne with makeup, enduring the physical pain, embarrassment, and the emotional affliction that can develop from this condition, we encourage you to call our dermatology office to schedule an appointment today. We will provide a thorough skin analysis and create a tailored treatment plan to help clear up your complexion as quickly as possible.