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Acne services offered in Fort Myers, Cape Coral and Punta Gorda, FL

Acne should be a thing of the past, because you don’t have to live with whiteheads, blackheads, pimples, or acne scarring. At Associates in Dermatology in Fort Myers, Cape Coral, and Punta Gorda, Florida, the team of board-certified dermatologists offers highly effective acne treatments that restore beautiful, clear, healthy skin. Schedule an evaluation at the office nearest you by phone or by using the online booking tool.

Acne Q&A

What is acne?

Acne is a common skin condition among young adults that develops when hair follicles become clogged with dead skin and oils, resulting in inflammation. 

Acne causes bumps and other blemishes that might lead to infection and scarring on the outside and feeling self-conscious on the inside. Associates in Dermatology offers topical and oral treatment options for acne, depending on which treatment is best for your unique situation.

What does acne look like?

Acne is identified by open or closed bumps on the skin that may contain fluid or pus. You might also notice superficial reddening on the surrounding skin. 

Acne can produce:

  • Whiteheads
  • Blackheads
  • Pimples
  • Red bumps
  • Pustules
  • Scarring
  • Tender bumps
  • Pus-filled lumps
  • Nodules

Acne typically appears on your face, chest, shoulders, chest, or back — but it can show up anywhere. 

Scarring is also common after having acne. The Associates in Dermatology team has  treatments for scars as well, offering the clear, vibrant skin you deserve.

What are the risk factors for acne?

The factors that may increase your chance of developing acne include:

  • Being a teenager
  • Pregnancy
  • Family history of acne
  • Hormone fluctuations
  • Inflammation
  • Bacteria
  • Clogged follicles
  • Too much oil production
  • Eating certain foods
  • Some medicines
  • Greasy or oily skin care products
  • Skin friction or pressure

Ongoing or extreme stress might make acne worse. When left untreated, acne can contribute to long-term skin changes, hyperpigmentation, and pitted skin caused by scars.

How does my dermatologist diagnose acne?

Your dermatologist diagnoses acne and its severity after examining your skin and discussing your lifestyle, medical history, and treatment goals. They develop a treatment based on your needs, skin type, preferences, and the severity of your acne. You always have a voice in your treatment plan.

How does a dermatologist treat acne?

Your dermatologist may suggest one or more acne and scarring treatments, including:

  • Proper skin care
  • Keeping your skin clean
  • Oral medicines
  • Topical medications
  • Extraction and drainage
  • Injections

The team at Associates in Dermatology personalizes each acne solution to ensure superior results. Your dermatologist follows up when necessary to ensure a long-lasting outcome. It’s also important to adopt healthy lifestyle habits. Call the office with any questions or if you develop new acne symptoms.

Schedule an evaluation at Associates in Dermatology by phone or online today to eliminate acne and its scarring.