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Birth Control Pills

  Birth control pills may significantly improve acne, and may be used specifically for the treatment of acne. It is also important to know that oral antibiotics may decrease the effectiveness of birth control pills. This is uncommon, but possible, especially if you notice break-through bleeding. As a precautionary measure use a second form of birth control.

Other Treatments

  In cases of unresponsive or severe acne, isotretinoin may be used. Patients using isotretinoin must understand the side effects of this drug. Monitoring with frequent follow-up visits is necessary. Pregnancy must be prevented while taking the medication, since the drug causes birth defects.

  Woman may also use female hormones or medications that decrease the effects of male hormones to help their acne.

  Photodynamic therapy using the blue wavelength of light can be helpful in treating acne as well.

Dr. B will evaluate you and suggest the appropriate treatment regimes considering your age, sex, and the type of acne you have.

Treatment of Acne Scarring
Dr. B can treat acne scars by a variety of methods. Skin resurfacing with laser, dermabrasion, chemical peels, or electrosurgery can flatten depressed scars. Soft tissue evaluation with collagen or fat-filling products can elevate scars. Scar revision with a microexcision and the punch grafting technique can correct pitted scars, and combinations of these dermatologic surgical treatments can make noticeable differences in appearance.

Proper Care is Necessary
No matter what special treatments Dr. B may use, remember that you must continue proper skin care. Acne is not curable, but it is controllable; proper treatment helps you to feel and look better and may prevent scars.​