What is Acne?
Acne is one of the most widespread skin ailments in the U.S., impacting about 60 million people each year. While many cases are considered mild and may be controlled with medication and a consistent at-home cleansing program, many people have bad enough acne that scarring occurs. Acne includes whiteheads, pimples, blackheads, and small cysts. In addition, patients can also suffer from redness, itchiness, or swelling on or around the affected skin. Caused by a combination of dead skin cells, bacteria, and clogged pores, acne is most frequently seen in teens but can also affect adults as old as 40 years of age. Acne most commonly shows up on the face, neck, chest, and back. To regain a healthier, more luminous look, seasoned dermatologist Dr. Mary Pentel at Southside Dermatology & Laser Cosmetic Center in Jacksonville, FL can provide numerous treatment options, which range from personalized at-home cleaning methods to chemical peels and laser therapy.
Acne Treatment Reviews
"I have had acne my entire life. Dr Pentel and her team at Southside dermatology helped me completely clear up my acne. They make an effort to always remember your name and take care of you like family. They truly do what is best for you. I wouldn’t go to any other dermatologist in Jacksonville."- E.G. / Google / May 18, 2019
"I met with the PA, Katie. I had a great experience and she was willing to inform me about all my options to treat my acne. Would recommend"- D.M. / Google / Jun 26, 2020
"GO HERE if you are looking to fix any acne issue!!!! I have been dealing with cystic acne for YEARS, seeing multiple dermatologist with no results. I was new to the Jacksonville area and researched dermatologists in the area and decided to go here. On my first appointment I looked at Katie Bernhardt and asked her to “please make me beautiful again” needless to say, she delivered! I am now acne free in less than 6 months. I highly recommend Southside dermatology!!! Do not think twice about this place!"- E.W. / Google / Aug 31, 2020
"This is a great place, and they always get me in and out fast. Appointments are quick and easy, and the system is super organized. In 2016, they treated my adult onset acne with great success. I've also recently gone back to work on other concerns. The medical staff is very knowledgable and patient, and they will work with you to ensure you get the results you are looking for. They are always ready to answer your questions, and they will promptly follow up with you for follow up appointments. I absolutely recommend this place to anyone looking for a new dermatologist or laser procedure. Fixing a wrong review. Accidentally cross posted about another non related business."- D.A. / Google / Feb 03, 2020
"My skin and skincare regime have improved so much since I started coming here. I have oily acne prone stressed skin. I started with Arlene and along with my facials, she picked out products that are suited for my skin type. When Arlene left, I got assigned to May and she has really pushed it further with helping me get results! She is so sweet and knowledgeable!! I highly recommend the hydra facial and derma-planning, it’s less time and faster results. Things don’t improve overnight but trust the process and trust them and you will see a difference in your skin. You have to do your part too with being consistent with your skincare regime or you are just waiting your money. Everyone is so nice in the office and they let you know of specials they have coming up."- D.P. / Google / Nov 20, 2020
What Causes acne?
Acne flare-ups occur for a number of different reasons, such as hormonal changes related to puberty, pregnancy, childbirth, or menopause. Also, certain drugs and medications (such as the birth control pill) can lead to acne, as can anxiety or an unhealthy diet. Once we identify the specific cause of acne, we can establish a proper treatment program.
Symptoms of acne
Acne symptoms vary depending on the kind of acne you have and how severe it is. Blemishes are a common, obvious symptom of acne and come in many forms, such as whiteheads, cysts, pustules, papules, nodules, and blackheads. Every type of blemish ranges from moderate to severe and must be treated accordingly. Studies have shown that acne can also create psychological symptoms like lowered self-esteem. Other symptoms related to acne are dark areas on the skin and permanent scars.
treatment options for acne
For milder cases of acne, we may recommend prescription creams or cleansers that contain sulfur, retinoids, salicylic acid, and benzoyl peroxide. Additionally, there are effective oral antibiotics, such as minocycline, doxycycline, and tetracycline.
Research indicates that store-bought drugs do not treat acne efficiently. Southside Dermatology & Laser Cosmetic Center offers many therapy options to control and maintain acne and clear up its symptoms. Many of these treatments can not only aid in easing acne but can also reduce the appearance of acne scars. Options include:
- Photodynamic Therapy (PDT)
- Forever Clear BBL™
- Chemical peels
- Laser Genesis
- Laser skin resurfacing
clearer, healthier skin
If you're tired of masking your acne with cosmetics or enduring the physical pain, embarrassment, and emotional affliction that can come from this condition, we encourage you to call Southside Dermatology & Laser Cosmetic Center in Jacksonville, FL to schedule a consultation today. We can conduct a comprehensive skin analysis and create a customized treatment plan to clear your complexion as soon as possible.