Acne — Why You Should Visit your Primary Care Physician for Treatment

\"AcneAcne is an inflammatory and potentially an infectious problem that teens and adults struggle with worldwide.

While over–the–counter soaps and creams may provide temporary symptom relief for some patients, often times they are not nearly as effective in treating and preventing acne as prescription medication.

If you are experiencing facial breakouts that you think might be acne or a skin lesion, an evaluation by your primary care physician is highly advised. At Colorado Primary Health Care, there are a lot of things we can do in a stepwise fashion to treat skin lesions and acne.

In treating recurring acne, Dr. Andy Fine recommends the use of prescription lotions, creams, gels, or a combination of all 3, including topical and antibiotic treatments. If desired results are not achieved with this regimen, oral antibiotics may be prescribed in cases of severe skin issues. If worst comes to worst and none of these treatments are taking effect, prescribing high–potency medication may be advised, especially for patients experiencing serious, retractable scarring.

It is important to remember that immediate results are not the goal. It is very common for patients to continue use of prescription topical and oral medications for up to three months before seeing results. However, if months pass and change does not occur, Dr. Andy Fine reassures that there are a plethora of treatment options that can be explored, whether it be more potent topical or oral treatments.

Over–the–counter treatments, whether for acne, skin lesions, facial rejuvenation, or wrinkle removal, can have a variety of side-effects due to the ingredients, and it is highly recommended that patients consult with their primary care physician before implementing a new skin care regimen. Remember, everything you apply to your skin is absorbed by the body and filtered through the liver, which can be harmful, depending on what products are used. It is necessary to remember that just because it is sold over the counter, it does not mean that it is safe or effective.

If you are struggling with acne and skin lesions, contact Colorado Primary Health Care today to establish a treatment plan.

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