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
"Absolutely adore Dr. Garcia and her staff. Kim and Cindy are so knowledgeable and professional. Thank you to the entire team for answering all my questions. Hands down the best dermatology practice in the city!!"- L.H. / Google / May 25, 2023
"Today was my first consultation. Everyone is very kind and friendly at Sonterra Dermatology, the girls at the Front Desk, the Nurse, Dr. MALAN and the staff at the end. Dr. MATTHEW MALAN is very professional and took the time to talk about my problem, as well as to check my beauty spot that was getting bigger. Sonterra Dermatology is a happy place where you feel like at home! 😃 Thank you! Gianella Feoli Soto"- G.F. / Google / May 20, 2023
"They got me back before my appointment time, very quick but also thorough! This isn't something I've felt in my past dermatology appointments or most medical appointments. I was very comfortable and believed they listened and followed through on my concerns."- L. / Google / Jun 06, 2023
"I'm the kinda of person who will not go to the doctor's unless I absolutely have to because I'm a relatively healthy person and don't have health insurance. I had an abscess on my tail bone/upper buttocks area that was causing me imense pain and discomfort. On the third day I couldnt bare it anymore and called about 15 doctor's offices and they either had different requirements or prerequisites for an appointment that would meet my healthcare needs like referrals, biopsies, or didn't perform the care I was requesting. Then I called Sonterra Dermatology - Stone Oak and I'm telling you I should have saved myself the time and just called them first because not only we're they willing to meet my health care needs they were also able to get me a next day appointment at their earliest time, which when your in pain makes a world of difference. Dr. James Neiner took excellent care of me and was the right amount of cautious about cutting into me. He actually talked to me and took my choices into great consideration when discussing my care options. We decided on a steroid shot and antibiotics regime incase my abscess was a cyst. The steroid shot practically popped the abscess which resulted in Dr. Neiner and I deciding that a continued popping and draining of the abscess would be the best course of action. After about 10mins of draining literal fluid ounces from my body I instantly felt better than I had in 4 days. Actual night and day difference. Dr. Neiner still prescribed me the antibiotic regime for obvious reasons and sent me on my merry way to schedule a followup. About $500 out of pocket for the whole experience and it was money well spent. Can't thank these guys and Dr. Neiner enough for the amount of pain they relieved me of. I can play with my daughter again and its all thanks to them."- J.F. / Google / Jun 14, 2023
"If you need a dermatologist Erica is fantastic! My son had some acne, she cleared that up and she is helping me with my Rosacea. Office staff is very nice and helpful. The office is impeccably clean and quiet. Appointments are on time but they book up fast so don’t wait to make your appointment."- M.R. / Google / Jun 14, 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.