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
"I’ve been going to Sonterra Dermatology Stone Oak for almost a year now and had amazing experiences! Dr. Cervantes is personable, takes her time to review things and listens to concerns. Cindy Pagan has been doing my Lase MD treatments and so fun and sweet, she really cares about the results of her patients! I’ve tried other offices/dermatologists at least three other times in my lifetime to help with cystic acne and always given up due to a lack of noticeable changes. I finally feel like I’m seeing a difference with the help of Sonterra Dermatology, thank you!"- A.R. / Google / Feb 18, 2023
"I arrived early and filled out the paperwork. The waiting room was clean and comfortable. The front staff was friendly, as well as the nurse (or med assistant) who brought me to the exam room. The PA, Kelso, came in promptly and was kind and thorough. She listened and sent out the prescriptions I needed to the pharmacy on the first floor. I would highly recommend this practice for any dermatology needs or concerns. I have a follow up in a few months."- L. / Google / Feb 04, 2023
"(I NEVER HAVE TIME TO WRITE REVIEWS, I’M A SINGLE WORKING MOM WITH A SPECIAL NEEDS SON THAT I ALSO HOMESCHOOL) Thank you so much for such an AMAZING experience! My first time visit and I LOVED the display of courteousness of every office staff member. It started immediately upon arrival and in every interaction from registering as a new patient, to calling me in for my consult and the intake before speaking with the doctor. Dr. Metzinger’s bedside manner was AMAZING and I haven’t had this kind of experience with any doctor in YEARS! The exit staff was also EXTREMELY courteous as well and very attentive. I loved that the staff member acknowledged me while she received a phone call, but as soon as I came to her desk to schedule my follow up, she politely said to the person on the other end of the phone, “I have a patient, let me call you right back.” The level of customer service and courtesy displayed by this office is exemplary and I would recommend this office to anyone who is seeking a dermatologist for their medical and cosmetic needs. Thank you Sonterra Dermatology for the amazing experience and I plan on being a longtime patient for all my dermatology needs."- R.C. / Google / Feb 04, 2023
"I’ve been going to Sonterra Dermatology for over 7 years and must say that Dr. Garcia and her staff have always been wonderful! They are always attentive to my concerns and ensure all questions are answered . I must also compliment Nurse Practitioner - Erika Kelso and her team. She identified a mole that turned out to me Melanoma, and from initial phone call for biopsy results to mole removal procedure, she was always caring and ensured I was comfortable ."- M.S. / Google / Feb 04, 2023
"Dr Metzinger at Sontera Dermatology is extremely nice and knowledgeable. She’s very thorough and makes sure to answer all your questions and concerns."- V.S. / Google / Feb 04, 2023
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.