Approximately 80% of teens and 5% of adults have acne, so it’s a common skin problem for men, women, and children, including those in Edmond and Enid, Oklahoma. When pimples appear on the face, chest, and back, there is hope. Dr. David L. Graham at Silver Leaf Dermatology can help because he has more than 30 years of experience in treating acne and other skin conditions.

Acne Q & A

What are the two types of acne?

The two main types of acne are comedones and pustules. Comedones are whiteheads and blackheads. If you don’t pick at them and they don’t become infected, these pimples usually don’t cause scarring. Pustules are inflamed pores that fill up with pus and can lead to acne scars).

Why does acne happen?

The sebaceous glands — the oil glands beneath your skin — create an oil known as sebum. Sebum moves upwards from the hair follicles’ root to its end. Next, this oil seeps out onto the skin and takes some of your dead skin cells with it.

When you have acne, the sebum and dead skin remain on the skin to create either a whitehead or a blackhead. If those pimples get inflamed, they can change from comedones into pustules.

How can you prevent acne inflammation?

To prevent inflammation, you must avoid picking, scratching, or popping your pimples. When you agitate pimples in any way, the resulting inflammation can cause unsightly scarring.

Dr. Graham may recommend specific products that keep inflammation and breakouts at bay. Expect him to suggest using a gentle skin cleanser and high-quality, hypoallergenic skin care products.

How does the doctor treat acne?

At Silver Leaf Dermatology, Dr. Graham treats acne individually, that is, according to your specific needs. Before getting started, it’s crucial to understand that acne treatment is a gradual process — there’s no overnight cure. However, with the appropriate approach, you can beat acne and enjoy clear skin.

Dr. Graham offers a variety of acne treatment options, including:

  • Limited phototherapy
  • Oral antibiotics
  • Topical antibiotic solutions
  • Hormonal treatments for hormone-related acne
  • Topical benzoyl peroxide cream or gel
  • Tretinoin, derived from vitamin A
  • Extractions
  • Herbal antibiotic options, like turmeric

When you’re struggling with acne and just want clear skin that lasts? Dr. Graham and the Silver Leaf Dermatology team want to help. Contact the office to arrange a visit.