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Acne Care and Treatments

Acne Care and Treatments

Acne is a skin condition that can affect patients of any age. Blackheads, white heads and painful cysts manifest on the face, back, chest, and/or shoulders. Acne has many causes: inadequate skin care, diet, hormone production, childbirth, menopause, or medications.

Acne care starts with a discussion about diet, lifestyle and skin care routine. Treatment usually begins with a topical antibiotic or retinoid. In more moderate acne, antibiotic pills are often prescribed. For those who suffer from severe acne, or if there are signs of scarring, an oral isotretinoin may be the best course of treatment.

Chelsea Skin & Laser offers extractions or “acne surgery” to carefully remove clogs, cysts, black and whiteheads in conjunction with your topical or oral regimen.

We offer same day acne injections AKA a cortisone shot or a “quick hit” for individual spots. These are intralesional corticosteroid injections to reduce swelling and inflammation. We inject diluted corticosteroid directly into your papule, nodule, cyst, zit. Within a few hours your pimple will start to diminish.

Once we have your acne under control, we may suggest a chemical peel, or IPL laser treatment (Intense Pulse Light) for discoloration or surface roughness or ResurFX Fractionated Laser treatment or filler such as Juvederm or Restylane to help with scarring.