Acne is the term used to describe blackheads, whiteheads, pimples or any clogged pores that occur on the face or body. Most acne problems occur during the adolescent years, but it can sometimes occur before or even after the teenage years.
There are a number of oral and topical medications available to treat mild to moderate acne. Topical treatments consist of creams, lotions and gels. Topical antibiotics include erythromycin, clindamycin, and sulfa drugs. Topical methods are very effective because the medicine is applied directly to the skin. Oral Medicines can be beneficial when acne is affecting multiple areas of the body.
Acne is an aggravating and sometimes embarrassing skin condition that affects people of every age, gender, and race. Very few skin conditions are as troublesome and disturbing. The scientific name for acne is acne vulgaris. Acne typically develops on plainly visible areas of the body, such as the face, neck, chest and back.
Patients with moderately severe acne can benefit from a new approach called photodynamic therapy. These treatments can be used alongside conventional treatments, independently or combined together to achieve the optimum results. One option is the BLU-U® Blue Light Photodynamic Therapy Illuminator with Levulan®. We can combine the Harmony® Advanced Fluorescence Technology System and the BLU-U® Blue Light Photodynamic Therapy Illuminator with Levulan® to enhance the results of both systems.
Depending on the patient’s condition, Dr. Stiefler may recommend a single treatment or a combination of treatments.