What is Acne?
Acne is one of the most common skin ailments in the U.S., impacting approximately 60 million people each year. While many cases are mild and may be controlled with medication and a good at-home skin care routine, many patients have severe acne that leads to scarring. Acne normally is a blend of pimples, whiteheads, blackheads, and cysts, as well as other red, itchy, and swollen areas of the skin. Caused by a blend of clogged pores, dead skin cells, and bacteria, it is most commonly found in teens but can affect adults well into their 40s. The trained professionals at Lawrence Family Practice Center help patients of all ages achieve clearer, more luminous skin through a variety of innovative treatment methods. Schedule an appointment in Lawrence, KS to learn more.
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"I've always had wonderful experiences with the nurses and providers, they always make me feel safe and welcome. The front desk staff has been dismissive, and has forced some fairly embarrassing interactions - like having me state my health concerns in front of other patients, being unwilling to work with me to explain payment information when I was contacting my insurance, etc. I was late once, and instead of telling me yes or no as to whether the provider would still see me they made it seem like it was a huge deal and seemed very exasperated and borderline rude. I'd rather get a no than be treated like that to be honest. I get that COVID is hard and everyone is stressed but I shouldn't be leaving the front desk getting choked up from stress and embarrassment in most of my visits. I guess I didn't really think it was a big deal and sort of a universal experience until I started working at a hospital and have seen very positive and nonjudgemental interactions between patients and staff there, even when the news wasn't great. The good news is that you can do most of your check-in virtually. Again, the providers have been nothing but kind so it's not enough to make me look for healthcare elsewhere, but I am disappointed."- J.M. / Google / Feb 19, 2022
Diagnosis and Treatment for Acne
While store-bought medications can help acne, sometimes they do not treat severe acne efficiently. Our team offers numerous treatment options to control and manage acne and clear up its standard symptoms. After a skin consultation with one of our doctors, a customized treatment plan will be created to improve the health of your skin. Treatment options include oral antibiotics (such as tetracycline or minocycline), as well as topical solutions and creams containing sulfur, retinoids, or benzoyl peroxide. Our doctors take a preventive approach and often talk with patients about at-home methods to help maintain clear skin, such as using cleansers and moisturizing creams, reducing stress, using UV protection, and eating a healthy diet.
Acne treatment FAQs
What factors increase my risk of acne?
There are a number of factors that increase your risk of developing acne. These include hormone changes, certain medications, diet, and genetics. Our team members at Lawrence Family Practice Center will ask about your medical history and perform an exam to determine the cause of your unwanted outbreaks and recommend the most effective course of treatment.
Which treatment options are available for acne?
Treatment options include over-the-counter and prescription medications, as well as home remedies. The best course of treatment will be determined by the severity of your acne and your individual preferences. We work with each patient to create a personalized treatment plan that meets their needs and goals.
How else can I prevent acne breakouts?
You can prevent acne breakouts by cleansing your skin daily and avoiding products that clog your pores. It is also important to avoid picking or squeezing pimples, as this can lead to scarring. Our team can provide additional tips and resources for preventing acne breakouts during a consultation.
Get clearer skin
If you're tired of feeling embarrassed about acne, we encourage you to get in touch with Lawrence Family Practice Center. Our caring physicians provide thorough skin exams, along with professional-grade acne treatments to fit your needs. If you're ready to achieve clearer skin and feel more confident, schedule an appointment in Lawrence, KS today.