As Benjamin Franklin once said, “Don’t put off tomorrow what you can do today.” This is just as true now as it was during his time. At Dermatology Associates of Atlanta, we make a concerted effort to treat all skin conditions sooner rather than later to help patients achieve the best cosmetic and clinical results possible. This philosophy is especially important with acne. The aesthetic ramifications of untreated acne may only worsen over time, so it’s crucial that people begin treatment as soon as they notice symptoms.
Sometimes it can be difficult to tell if you have the symptoms of acne because they can vary from person to person. If you consistently experience any of the following signs, we recommend that you make an appointment with one of our dermatology providers:
- Tender red bumps
- Lumps with pus beneath skin’s surface
- Large pimples with pus at the end
The Threat of Acne Scarring
The presence of acne doesn’t necessarily mean that you’ll experience scarring. However, immediate prevention is your best defense against this potential threat. Acne scarring typically forms when excess oil, dead skin and bacteria infiltrate a pore, causing damage to the follicle wall. Once this happens, deep lesions can form when the pore blockage-material infects the surrounding tissue. Then, during the natural healing process, scar tissue forms that is noticeably different in appearance from the surrounding skin. Besides medical treatment, the best thing you can do to prevent scarring is to avoid aggressively picking or squeezing acne blemishes.
What to Do if You Already Have Acne Scars
If you waited to treat your acne and you’ve already developed scarring, don’t panic. Dermatology Associates of Atlanta uses many custom surgical and non-surgical procedures to safely improve the appearance of acne scarring. At our skin care facility, we offer:
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- Prescription acne medicines
- Topical solutions
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- Laser Treatments
- Chemical Peels
- Custom prescription compounds
Each patient is paired with a treatment that suits their specific needs. This will be determined during a consultation with one of our experienced providers.
If you’re concerned about your acne, don’t wait to seek professional help. There are more preventative options than you might think and starting them earlier could make a significant difference in your cosmetic appearance. For more information about acne treatment, call our office at (404) 256-4457. Don’t forget to also follow our monthly specials on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter to save money on popular cosmetic procedures and products.