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Acne Treatment

The treatment of acne depends on the degree and severity of the disorder. In general, the available acne treatments work by decreasing the production of sebum, increasing the skin cell turnover, killing the bacteria associated with redness or opening up the pores. The currently available acne treatments include the following:


Acne treatment in Phoenix, AZ, at the Millennium Laser and Aesthetic Center (located in Peoria), depends on the severity of your acne, and may require either topical ointments or retinoids:

Topical ointments have been used to remove the oil, kill the bacteria and remove the dead skin cells. This helps to open up the pores and decrease the acne pimples. The available topical over the counter treatments include:

  • Benzyl peroxide
  • Sulfur
  • Resorcinol
  • Salicylic acid

These products are only useful for early and very mild form of acne.

Topical Retinoids: For those who have failed to show any response to over- the- counter medications, one may want to try Retinoids. These vitamin A derived products are available both as a topical ointment and a pill. Retinoids are very effective in the treatment of acne and work immediately. The oral retinoid, Accutane, is an excellent drug for the treatment of acne but it does have a few side effects, especially in the female.

Other medications that are frequently used to treat acne include topical and oral antibiotics (e.g. tetracycline, erythromycin, benzamycin). Antibiotics are quite useful when the individual has red papules with redden skin.

In some women with resistant acne, a short course of oral contraceptive may be quite effective.

When medical therapy has failed, the other options for the treatment of acne include chemical peels, dermabrasion, comedo extraction and laser.

For persistent acne, a visit to the Dermatologist is highly recommended.


Acne treatment in Peoria, AZ, at the Millennium Laser and Aesthetic Center, all starts with a skin evaluation and consultation. During your consultation, one of our doctors will properly gauge the severity of your acne, and create a personalized plan that is tailored to help treat your specific needs. For more information, give us a call today and set up your appointment to come visit us in Peoria.

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