Skin Cysts And What To Do About Them

If you have a skin cyst, you probably dislike how it feels and looks. These hard nobs can be painful and make your skin look less than its best. While cysts are usually nothing serious (medically speaking), you may want to take them seriously if they bother you.

What is a Cyst?

Cysts are bumps filled with fluid (or semi-fluid) keratin which is broken-down skin cells. These round sacs are benign. Some are firm, others are movable. Most cysts form when a hair follicle gets blocked. There are three major types of cysts: sebaceous, pilar and milium.

Sebaceous Cyst

A Sebaceous cyst forms from a clogged hair follicle. This type of cyst is most commonly associated with severe acne. It’s movable. It’s commonly seen on the upper part of the body: the back, neck, ears, face, and scalp. You can sometimes see a pore in the center of this type of cyst.

Pilar Cyst

A pilar cysts usually show up in groups on the scalp. Unlike the sebaceous cyst, the pilar cyst has a thicker wall. This makes it easier to remove in one solid piece.

Milium Cyst

Also known as milia, these cysts usually appear on the face, especially around the eyes. They are firm, white-colored bumps. You might have noticed milia on a newborn, as this is a somewhat common condition in babies and usually resolves on its own. Adults, however, may want (for cosmetic reasons) to have their milia treated.

How to Treat a Cyst at Home

You can use a home remedy for small, painless cysts. Take a warm compress and put it on the cyst for ten minutes. This might encourage it to drain and heal. But sometimes, this isn’t enough, and you need to see a dermatologist. Never try to drain the cyst on its own because you have to remove all of it–which is a challenge–or it will grow back. Plus, it could become infected. So, it’s best to leave cyst removal to a doctor.

When to See a Dermatologist For Your Cyst

It’s best to see a dermatologist if your cyst is large and painful. This is especially true if it looks inflamed and infected. Your dermatologist has three options for treating your cyst, which include:

  • Antibiotics–to treat the infection and reduce swelling.
  • Cortisone–a shot directly into the cyst can bring rapid relief and it’ll start to shrink within a couple of days.
  • Surgery–your dermatologist can cut out and completely remove the cyst, so it doesn’t grow back. This option is effective but could leave a scar. If you’re bothered by the thought of a scar, ask for silicon dioxide (gel or pads) to help the scar heal better than it can on its own.

In Summary

Skin cysts are hard bumps filled with keratin that usually form when a hair follicle gets blocked. There are three main cysts: sebaceous, pilar, and milium. Usually, a cyst is no big deal medically unless it’s large, painful, or infected. In this case, it’s best to have a dermatologist look at it. They’ll treat an infected cyst with an antibiotic to reduce the swelling, or they might inject it with cortisone. Surgery is also an option to completely remove the cyst so nothing is left behind and it doesn’t regrow.

Cysts are usually nothing serious, but you might dislike how they look or feel. If this is the case, or if you have a cyst that’s infected, give us a call at the Skin and Cancer Institute. Our dermatologists are cyst experts and are ready to help you begin your journey to healthier skin.

How Lasers Can Reverse Sun Damage

Are you one of the people who grew up when it was “cool” to bake in the sun? It’s okay. You can admit it. After all, millions of people from your generation are right there with you. They’ve also accumulated sun damage. And with it the consequences, which include aged-looking skin and an increased risk of skin cancer. 

Fortunately, modern science can undo this damage with LASERS. That’s right. Lasers. They send forth magical bursts of light that can make new skin grow. If it sounds high-tech, it’s because it is. Let’s dive right in, shall we? 

What Are Lasers?

A skin laser is a tool used to improve your skin’s tone, texture, and coloration with targeted, controlled light and heat. NASA said Laser means:

L – light

A – amplified

S – stimulated

E – emission

R – radiation

How Do Lasers Work?

Some lasers (non-ablative) penetrate the layers of your skin and injure it in a tiny, controlled way. This stimulates your body’s healing process. Collagen and elastin rush in to build fresh skin cells and collagen. The result is newer-looking skin that is tighter, smoother, and more clear. 

Other lasers (ablative) remove the top layer of skin to reveal fresher skin underneath. 

Now that we know the fountain of youth is in your dermatologist’s office (in the form of a laser) let’s take a look at what different lasers can do for your aged, sun-damaged skin. 

  • Lasers Can Target Spots

Pigment-specific lasers remove brown pigmentation, including freckles, liver spots, and melasma.

  • Lasers Can Target Veins

Vascular-specific lasers like Pulse Dye Laser (PDL) target broken blood vessels (a result of sun damage).  

  • Lasers Can Target Wrinkles

Wrinkle-specific lasers go deep and increase collagen production, which produces young-looking skin.  

  • Lasers Can Target Cancer

Some lasers can target lesions, both benign and malignant. 

Get Ready For Laser Treatment

It takes about one month to prepare for your laser treatment. You’ll need to take special care to avoid sun exposure during this time. This means wearing broad-spectrum sunscreen daily. You’ll want to also protect yourself with an umbrella, hat, and sunglasses. 

On Your Procedure Day

Laser resurfacing is an outpatient procedure so expect to go home the same day. You can also expect to be given something to manage the pain. The procedure can vary from about 30 minutes to 2 hours, depending on what type of laser is being used and how much work you’re doing. 

Post-Procedure

Expect to clean and moisturize your face diligently for a few days. Some lasers just make your skin red for a while. But, depending on the type of laser used, you might need to clean your skin regularly and apply an ointment after the procedure to prevent infection and scab formation. Talk to your doctor about which type of laser is best for your skin condition and how long they expect the healing process to take. 

Closing Thoughts

Millions of people like you grew up during a time when baking in the sun was acceptable–and even encouraged. Times have changed, but your skin damage is still there in the form of spots, veins, wrinkles, and maybe even lesions. Lasers can undo some of this damage. Talk to your dermatologist about the best course of treatment for your unique skin. 

Are you ready to begin your journey to healthier skin? Contact the Skin and Cancer Institute at 888-993-3761 today to book an appointment.

Love Your Skin This Valentine’s Day

You want to look your best this Valentine’s day, and that means glowing skin that radiates health from the inside out. You want to look great for YOURSELF (and of course, you want that special someone to notice, too). 

But how do you get your skin to look radiant fast? Especially if Valentine’s day is almost here? Introducing . . . three tips to love your skin this Valentine’s day. 

  • Hydrate–the trick to getting glowing skin fast is to make it look as plump and moisturized as possible. So work from the inside out to hydrate your skin. 
  • Exfoliate–to remove dullness and reveal fresh skin underneath. 
  • Protect–you’ll need to stay away from anything that could make your skin red, like the sun and some cosmetic procedures like chemical peels.  

Tip #1: Hydrate

The trick to loving your skin this Valentine’s day is to tank up on H2O. Drink as much water as you can leading up to the big day. Not just the minimum eight glasses a day, but much more. Think 10+ glasses of water daily. 

Eat Water-Rich Foods

Food that drips with water is just what your skin needs to hydrate quickly. Choose to eat plenty of foods that are approximately 90 percent water, including certain fruits, dairy products, and vegetables.

Fruits

  • Watermelon
  • Strawberries
  • Cantaloupe
  • Peaches
  • Oranges

Dairy Produces

  • Skim milk
  • Plain Yogurt

Vegetables

  • Cucumber
  • Lettuce
  • Zucchini
  • Celery
  • Tomatoes
  • Bell Peppers
  • Cauliflower

Tip #2: Exfoliate 

Exfoliate to reveal new skin that is more vibrant than the old, drab layer that includes dead skin cells. This instantly fresh layer will make you love your skin this Valentine’s day.

At-Home Exfoliation

You can easily exfoliate at home with warm water and an over-the-counter exfoliation product that’s gentle. Just be sure to moisturize your face immediately after exfoliating (to seal in the moisture). 

Get a Professional Facial

A professional facial is an excellent way to get your skin glowing quickly. Mention to your aesthetician that you’re trying to get your skin to look its best fast for Valentine’s day. This will help them focus on exfoliation and hydration. Ask them to skip the extraction process of unclogging your pores by hand, as this can temporarily leave your skin looking red and blotchy.  

Tip #3: Protect

You want to protect your skin from anything that could inflame it. The last thing you need before Valentine’s day is a red or swollen face that’s in the process of healing. For example, it takes about a week to heal from lasers and injections. So, steer clear of the following things:

  • Injections and facial fillers
  • Cosmetic lasers
  • Chemical Peels
  • The sun
  • Harsh wind

In Summary

You want to love your skin this Valentine’s day and this is completely possible, even if you only have one to three days to prepare. 

Start by hydrating with as much water (and water-filled foods) as possible. 

Then, exfoliate your skin either at home or with a professional facial. 

Finally, remember to protect your skin from the sun and wind. And put off any injections, fillers, chemical peels, or other cosmetic procedures until after the big day because it can take up to a week to heal from them. 

Ready to begin your journey to glowing skin EVERY day of the year? Contact the Skin and Cancer Institute for an appointment. Our experts will assess your skin and recommend the best procedure for you. 

Everything You Need to Know About Treating Acne Scars

We explored how to avoid getting acne scars in our recent blog post, “Can You Clear Acne on Your Own.” That’s where we learned that two (out of six) types of acne–nodules, and cysts–leave SCARS. We learned how to prevent acne scars by seeing a dermatologist for an oral antibiotic. 

Let us mention at this point that there’s nothing wrong with acne scars if you have them. They’re a natural part of your body’s healing process. With that said, we’ve never met anyone who likes their acne scars, and most people want to know how to get rid of them.

If you’re one of these people, read on because we have all the information on the latest tech to fade your acne scars into oblivion. 

How To Fade Acne Scars

The first step to getting rid of acne scars is to understand what type of scars those deep under-the-skin nodules and cysts left you. 

Acne scars come in five basic shapes called boxcar, icepick, rolling, hypertrophic, and keloid. We’ll tell you what each scar looks like and then how to treat it. 

Types of Acne Scars and How to Treat Them

Atrophic scars look like indentations on the skin. They include boxcar, icepick, and rolling scars.

Boxcar Scar

Looking at the shape of this scar is a bit like looking into a tiny empty box–it’s broad with sharply-defined edges.

Icepick Scars

These scars are narrow and small and go deep into the skin’s surface. They are often found on the checks. They’re tough to fade and require persistence with treatment. 

Rolling Scars

This type of scar has wavy edges that make it look rolling and uneven.  

There’s an arsenal of treatments for the scars mentioned above, including chemical peels, dermabrasion, dermal fillers, laser therapy, and microneedling. And there are a few treatments you probably haven’t heard of like:

  • Punch excision–a cookie-cutter-like tool cuts out the scar, and the wound is stitched closed. 
  • Punch grafting–is like punch excision, except that it gets a plug of new skin before it’s closed.
  • Subcision–uses a needle to release the tissue under the acne scar and let it rise. 
  • CROSS (chemical reconstruction of skin scars)–a tiny amount of acid is placed on top of the scar, which causes the formation of fresh new collagen fibers. 

Hypertrophic and Keloid Scars

Hypertrophic scars look like raised bumps of scar tissue the same size as the original acne that caused them. Keloid scars, on the other hand, grow bigger than the acne that caused them. They’re also raised. Your dermatologist can reduce their appearance with techniques that include:

  • Steroid injections to soften the scar and make it flatter. 
  • Silicone sheeting to soften the scar and reduce its height.
  • Surgical removal
  • Laser therapy

The Bottom Line

Deep acne nodules and cysts leave five basic shapes of acne scars. While they all are treatable, some, like icepick scars, require more persistence than others to fade. 

Most atrophic acne scars (indentation) respond to treatments like chemical peels, dermabrasion, dermal fillers, laser therapy, and microneedling. They might also respond to punch excision, punch grafting, and subcision. 

Hypertrophic and keloid scars are raised lumps that can respond to steroid injections, silicone sheeting, surgical removal, and laser therapy. 

If you don’t like your acne scars, rest assured that our dermatologists have the expertise and technology to help make them less visible. Ready to begin your journey to smoother skin? Contact the Skin and Cancer Institute today at 888-993-3761 for an appointment.

Skin-Healthy Foods to Look Radiant And Prevent Cancer

You want your skin to radiate health, AND you don’t want to get skin cancer. Well, you can get both healthy skin and avoid skin cancer too. How? Eat. Healthy. Foods. 

Studies show their antioxidants, immune boosters, and anti-inflammatory properties in food will improve the look of your skin and could reduce your risk of skin cancer. 

Beta Carotene 

This nutrient converts to vitamin A to boost your immune system’s ability to fight disease, which may include skin cancer. You can find it in fruits and vegetables that are orange-colored, including:

  • Carrots
  • Apricots 
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Squash
  • Mango
  • Cantaloupe

Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Skin cancer has been linked to inflammation, and omega-3 fatty acids are anti-inflammatory. You can find this beneficial nutrient in walnuts and flaxseeds. Also, look for it in the following types of fish:

  • Albacore tuna
  • Sardines
  • Salmon
  • Mackerel
  • Herring

Zinc

Zinc helps fight cancer by keeping the immune system functioning well. A 2017 study found it replenishes antioxidants. It also helps boost proteins that help with DNA repair. Look for zinc in foods like:

  • Black beans
  • Lentils
  • Chickpeas
  • Shellfish
  • Beef 
  • Lamb

Lycopene

Reports have linked lycopene to a lower risk of some cancers. Plus, lycopene’s red pigment may help prevent sunburn. Foods that contain lycopene include papaya, apricots, blood oranges, pink grapefruit, guava, tomato, watermelon.

Polyphenols in Tea

Studies show green tea helps prevent skin cancer because it has antioxidants plus tumor-inhibiting and anti-inflammatory properties. This can help repair cell damage from sun exposure. 

Surprisingly, green tea absorbs UV damage and scavenges for free radicals. You’ll need four to six cups of green tea each day to reap these skin benefits. 

Selenium

Studies show that a high selenium intake could lower your risk of cancer by about 30 percent. But where do you find this mineral? Look for Brazil nuts plus meats like chicken and grass-fed beef. 

Vitamin C

When we say vitamin C, you say…oranges? Yes? We’re not surprised! For most people, this is their go-to vitamin-C-rich food. 

But Vitamin C can be found in so many other foods…they’re worth exploring. In addition to citrus fruits like oranges, lemons, and limes, look for vitamin C in the following three vegetables:

  • Broccoli
  • Bell Peppers
  • Leafy greens 

Vitamin D

Vitamin D has proven immune-boosting properties and the most beneficial form is vitamin D3. But where, besides milk products, can it be found? Look for vitamin D in the following three foods:

  • Beef liver
  • Fatty fish
  • Egg yolks

Vitamin E

This proven antioxidant prevents free radical damage to your skin. It also absorbs UV-light energy and helps skin and veins act as protective barriers to the sun. You can find vitamin E in the following three foods: 

  • Soybeans
  • Wheat germ 
  • Sunflower seeds

The Last Word

Your skin can look radiant, AND you can prevent skin cancer by eating nutritious foods. Studies show that foods with antioxidants, immune boosters, and anti-inflammatories all promote skin health and could reduce your risk of cancer. 

So, look for the following nutrients: beta carotene, omega-3 fatty acids, zinc, lycopene, polyphenols in tea, selenium, and vitamins C, D, and E. 

Wondering if your food choices are doing enough to give you radiant skin and reduce your risk of cancer? Ask your dermatologist during your annual skin check-up. 

Ready to schedule your appointment? Call the Skin and Cancer Institute today at 888-993-3761 and we’ll get you all set up. 

Can You Clear Acne on Your Own?

So you have acne, and you want it gone. But how? Is it even possible to clear acne on your own? Some people say it is; others say you need to see a dermatologist. What’s the truth? The Skin and Cancer institute put together this guide to answer all these questions and more.  

Acne, by Any Other Name

Zit…acne…pimple–whatever you call it, it’s no fun when it’s on your face, staring back at you in the mirror. And you’ve probably dealt with it at least one point in your life. Eighty-five percent of teens get acne, and it doesn’t always go away in adulthood. In fact, 30% of adults get acne (sometimes as late as age 60). 

What is Acne?

Acne is a skin condition that develops when a hair follicle gets blocked. Your body naturally produces oil, which travels through the hair follicle to the surface of the skin. But when the pore gets blocked (by dead skin cells, makeup, etc.), bacteria starts to grow inside. 

What Type of Acne Can You Clear On Your Own?

There are several types of acne that you might have success clearing up on your own with over-the-counter products. These acne types include:

  • Whiteheads
  • Blackheads
  • Papules – little red bumps.
  • Pimples – pus-filled bumps.

How To Treat Acne On Your Own

Now that you know it’s likely you can clear four types of acne yourself let’s talk about how to do it. Small pimples, papules, blackheads, and whiteheads all respond to over-the-counter products like:

  • Benzoyl Peroxide – kill bacteria
  • Salicylic Acid – unclog pores, reduce inflammation
  • Retinoids – unclog pores and reduce oil 

All three of these are great options for clearing your own acne when it’s whiteheads, blackheads, papules and pimples. Use them daily in your skincare regime for continuous acne control. 

Remember, Clear Pores = Clear Skin

It’s essential to keep your pores clear to prevent acne because prevention is, as they say, key. So use skincare products and makeup that are non-comedogenic, which means they won’t clog your pores and cause acne flare-ups. A comedo, by the way, is a basic acne lesion (which you don’t want). 

Other Ways to Keep Your Pores Clear

In addition to using skincare products and makeup that’s non-pore clogging, it’s also a good idea to wash your face, morning and night. Exfoliants, whether they’re chemical or physical, can also help keep your pores clean by sloughing off dead skin cells. 

When to See A Dermatologist 

You can usually see some success treating the simple types of acne on your own. However, two types (nodules and cysts) require medical attention–usually an oral antibiotic for acne. Sometimes this is combined with a topical treatment. You need to see a dermatologist if you have acne that is deep and painful. The following types of acne (which leave scars) usually don’t clear on their own or with over-the-counter products:

  • Nodules–painful bumps under the skin that are large and solid. 
  • Cysts–painful bumps under the skin that are large and pus-filled. 

Antibiotics For Acne

Deep bacterial acne like nodules and cysts require a prescription for oral antibiotics. Your dermatologist is an acne expert and will most likely prescribe one of the following antibiotics: 

  • Doxycycline
  • Erythromycin
  • Tetracycline
  • Minocycline
  • Trimethoprim
  • Sulfamethoxazole/trimethoprim
  • Dapsone

What’s The Bottom Line?

It’s possible to clear acne on your own with over-the-counter products like benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, and retinoids. But this is generally only true when the acne is minor. Black and whiteheads and small red and pus-filled bumps are usually fine to treat on your own. But, deep, painful bumps require medical attention and probably won’t go away with over-the-counter products. For these, your dermatologist will prescribe an oral antibiotic. Sometimes this is also combined with a topical treatment. 

The Skin and Cancer Institute doctors are standing by to diagnose your acne. They’ll give you all the best recommendations for treating it, including a prescription if you need oral antibiotics. Ready to begin your journey to clear, pain-free skin. Give us a call today to schedule an appointment.

Fall for Healthy Skin

Let’s celebrate national healthy skin month this November with some ideas to keep your skin looking and feeling its best. Most of them center around avoiding the sun, which is responsible for 90 percent of visible signs of aging, like wrinkles. We’ll also talk about tips and tricks to help you maximize your moisture during these dry months. Plus, we’ll talk about some delicious foods you can eat to improve your skin health.

Protect Your Skin Outdoors

Your skin needs protection from the sun this month as much as it did last month and the month before. Sunscreen is a year-long necessity, no matter how cloudy the day. That’s because the sun can still damage your skin with harmful rays even when it’s overcast outside. And in the Fall, the sun is lower in the sky, so it hits you with plenty of direct sunlight, especially later in the day.

Say Yes to Healthy Skin

Skin cancer affects one in five adults. It’s the most common form of cancer. And the lips are the most common place on the face for skin cancer to develop. Do your best to protect your skin this Fall whether you’re outside, or indoors.  

Protect Your Skin Indoors

Your skin needs protection indoors because the Fall sun can come in through windows at a sharp angle and cause skin damage. Also, you need sunscreen indoors because your skin needs protection from the blue light your computer and phone emit.

Spray Tan Instead

Our sunless spray tanning system is perfect for those of you who want to avoid the sun’s ultraviolet radiation but still get a tanned look. We use the same spray tanning system used by many red-carpet celebrities, the Infinity Sun Spray tanning system. It mixes treatment lotions into a fine mist sprayed onto your skin for an instant tan look. The process only takes 20 minutes. Your spray tan can last up to several weeks if you avoid exfoliation and frequently moisturize with oil-free lotion.

Take Your Moisture Up a Notch

November is the perfect month to switch from a light summer moisturizer to something creamier and more hydrating for the dry winter days ahead. Remember that your lips need moisture, too and can benefit from chapstick or lip balm, preferably with SPF. Running a humidifier by your desk during the day or while you sleep at night can also help add back some much needed moisture into the air.

Protect Against Free-Radicals

A free radical is a molecule with an unpaired electron. It scavenges around looking to bind with an electron. The damage comes when it pairs with an electron and oxidizes. This causes skin damage like wrinkles and age spots.

What’s an Antioxidant?

An antioxidant can (amazingly) bind with a free radical’s unpaired electron to neutralize it. It’s vital to have plenty of antioxidants in our body to neutralize free radicals.

Eat Skin-Healthy Foods

Healthy foods are filled with antioxidants that can protect our skin. These foods include fruits and vegetables. The following foods are especially high in antioxidants:

  • Avocados
  • Grapes
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Cinnamon
  • Almonds
  • Dark Chocolate

Schedule a Skin Check Up

Our skin still sustains sun damage even when we are careful to eat healthy foods. Plus,  there is only so much sunscreen can do to protect us and sometimes we’re caught in the burning sun, despite our best efforts to find shade. This is why it’s vital to schedule an annual skin check this Fall. Your dermatologist will assess the damage summer caused and make a plan to reverse it—either through products, lasers, lights, or chemical peels. These can all do wonders to erase fine lines, brighten your skin tone and get rid of dark spots.

The Best Treatments for Face Pigmentation

How does pigmentation begin? Pigmentation or hyperpigmentation occurs when the skin darkens in patches or on a widespread basis. Pigmentation and hyperpigmentation can be the result of a combination of factors including hormones, sun exposure, inflammation, damage to the skin, and certain medications. When melanin or pigment is in overdrive and produced in excess from melanocytes, individuals begin to see these patches of pigment or dark spots on the skin.

Types of Pigmentation

Pigmentation can take various forms. Discoloration can be the result of:

  • Sun spots and freckles can be seen after chronic sun exposure. This is usually seen on the hands and face.
  • Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation is basically inflammation caused by acne or picking at pimples, creating trauma on the skin. There is an increase in pigmentation as a result.
  • Widespread Pigmentation can be the result of medical conditions such as Addison disease or dermatological ones such as Lichen Planus.
  • Melasma is brown discoloration that forms in patches in the cheeks, upper lip/moustache area and forehead. It can be caused by hormones, birth control pills, and related to pregnancy as well.

Cosmetic Treatments for Pigmentation Available

Chemical peels that are gentle or low level in nature along with laser therapy can resolve hyperpigmentation issues.

Prescribed topical and oral medications may also be of benefit. This should be customized for you by your board-certified dermatologist.

Laser Treatments and Light Therapy

With multiple sessions of laser and light treatments, you can significantly minimize the appearance of unwanted pigmentation of the skin, especially on your face. Certain types of light treatments are more appropriate for sun freckles and skin rejuvenation, while others target sun damage and specific discoloration.

For example, photofacial therapy is a mild form of light therapy and is extremely popular for resolving pigmentation concerns. The procedure works in short, intense blasts of light to refine the skin’s tone while creating firmer and younger looking skin.

Other laser treatments are also available including the Fractional C02 laser which is more intense and effective for skin resurfacing. Photodynamic therapy (PDT) is a laser treatment that treats acne scars, rosacea, rashes and hyperpigmentation. PDT therapy treats melasma, age spots and sun damage specifically.

How Does Acne Start?

Acne is a very common skin condition that affects individuals of all skin types, and often leads to scarring and hyperpigmentation if not treated properly.

What Causes Acne?

When the dead skin collects on the surface of your face or body, hormones stimulate the production of sebum. This leads to the formation of white heads and black heads called comedone. What happens next? Acne bacteria eat at the sebum causing inflammation. Inflammatory papules can turn into cystic acne and pustular acne. The end result is
of acne is scarring, hyperpigmentation and damaged skin.

Many people think that acne can be the result of not cleaning or cleansing your skin enough. While oil, makeup, and dirt can contribute to acne, hormones and genetics play a bigger role in the etiology of acne.

Different Types of Acne

  • Comedonal Acne
  • Inflammatory Acne
  • Hormonal Acne
  • Nodulocystic Acne

For the above types of acne, topical medication may be recommended such as Benzoyl Peroxide (BPO) or topical retinoid. Prescription antibiotics may be prescribed if one has inflammatory acne. For more severe and prolonged acne, an oral medication may be needed in addition to a topical one.

Contact our practice to be seen by a board-certified dermatologist and treat your minor or severe acne symptoms.

How Scars are Treated for Proper & Effective Removal

Several types of scars can result from trauma, injury, a burn, acne, or a skin condition. For example, a burn injury can lead to a contracture scar. A keloid scar could result from from a cut, wound or other injury. A surgical scar, piercing or tattoo could also cause a keloid to form. When the skin is injured, thick tissue forms around it causing the scar to be larger than the injury.

Skin and Cancer Institute offers scar removal procedures including cortisone injections, silicone dioxide gel, cryotherapy liquid nitrogen, microdermabrasion, microneedling, facial peel and laser treatments.

We utilize lasers such as PDT photodynamic therapy, Fractional C02 laser, and a pulse dye laser called VBeam Perfecta.

If you are interested in having your scar removed efficiently, call us to schedule your consultation and see which treatment method is the best fit for your skin.