What Type of Acne Can be Treated by a Dermatologist?

By: Dr. Calvin Williams


Acne is sometimes thought of as a rite of passage — something most of us will deal with during adolescence that usually improves on its own by adulthood. In other cases, however, acne lingers longer than expected and/or is severe enough to cause visible scarring and greatly interfere with a person’s confidence and overall quality of life. When at-home acne products fail to provide the desired level of improvement in breakouts and flare-ups, seeing a dermatologist may be the next step. At Essential Dermatology Group in Bedford, TX, experienced dermatologist Dr. Calvin Williams offers a full suite of professional acne treatments, procedures, and medical-grade products, to help patients get a clearer complexion and restore their self-esteem with reliable, lasting results. Take a look at what acne treatment with a dermatologist can do for you in this blog.

Why should I see a dermatologist for acne?

In very mild cases of acne, or for people who have the occasional blemish, it may be possible to maintain your complexion with at-home products and routines. For those who struggle with recurrent, chronic, severe, or complex cases of acne, however, seeing a dermatologist offers the best opportunity to treat the underlying cause of breakouts and keep your skin clearer for longer. Visiting a dermatologist can also help patients better understand what type of acne they have and, in some cases, understand what unrelated conditions — like perioral dermatitis, for example — may be producing their acne-like symptoms so that appropriate treatment can be undertaken. Furthermore, pursuing acne treatment with a dermatologist offers patients access to professional-grade products and systems that can provide more compelling and longer-lasting results.

When should I see a dermatologist for acne?

There are several different types of acne and acne-related blemishes, including:

  • Blackheads
  • Whiteheads
  • Pimples
  • Cysts
  • Nodules

Regardless of the type of acne you have, if your breakouts and flare-ups do not respond to at-home products, lifestyle changes, and other treatments, a dermatologist may be able to offer more extensive therapies that can provide relief and improve your complexion. Following an initial consultation and thorough skin assessment, Dr. Williams will recommend a fully personalized acne treatment plan designed just for you. Depending on several factors, including the type of blemishes you have, the severity of your acne, the likeliest cause or triggers of your acne, and others, Dr. Williams may recommend one or more of the following professional acne products and treatments:

  • Topical products, like retinoids, benzoyl peroxide, or salicylic acid
  • Laser acne treatment
  • Prescription medications
  • Antibiotics
  • Diet and lifestyle modifications

What at-home routines can I pair with my professional acne treatment?

Adhering to a healthy lifestyle and dedicated at-home skin care regimen can help to boost and maintain the results of your in-office acne treatment plan. To encourage clearer skin between office visits, try the following:

  • Keep the skin clean and moisturized
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Enjoy a healthy, balanced, nutritious diet with limited processed foods and sugars
  • Use recommended skin care products as directed
  • Choose non-comedogenic makeup products
  • Limit stress
  • Get enough sleep
  • Avoid touching and picking at your face and blemishes

Had enough of your stubborn acne? Get the clearer complexion you deserve with professional acne treatment at our Bedford, TX dermatology practice

Controlling acne can be a daunting challenge on your own, but with the help of a dermatologist like Dr. Calvin Williams, you don’t have to do it alone. To learn more about the full range of acne treatments and products we offer to help you get the clear, radiant skin you deserve, call Essential Dermatology Group in Bedford, TX to schedule your private consultation today.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.