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Acne Dermatologist – Mt. Lebanon, PA

Nearly everyone is affected by acne at some point in life, especially during our teen years. For some, however, acne can become persistent and severe, eventually requiring the help of a dermatologist.

Mt. Lebanon Dermatology Associates have the experience and knowledge to treat all types of acne, including the less common forms that can be difficult to clear up. Our team of dermatologists will help design a personal treatment plan that revolves around what’s right for you.

If you’re ready to help your skin heal, request an appointment with us today!

Treating Severe, Cystic Acne & More - Pittsburgh, PA

Cases of severe acne require expert evaluation and specialized medicine. Our board-certified dermatologists have over 30 years of experience diagnosing and treating cystic acne using antibiotics, hormone regulators, and other treatment methods. Stop suffering with painful, embarrassing acne and contact our office for an appointment today.

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FAQs on Acne:

What are the most common types of acne?

The acne we commonly think of - and refer to as “pimples” or “zits” - is known medically as acne vulgaris. This type of acne includes:

  • Pustules: The most common form of acne, a pus-filled bump on the top of the skin.
  • Whiteheads: Small, white-colored buildups of dead skin cells and sebum (a natural wax produced from your skin) sitting atop the skin, known medically as a “closed comedo.”
  • Blackheads: An “open comedo” filled with buildup and bacteria that has oxidized, resulting in a darker color.
  • Papules: Technically any raised bump on the skin, an acne papule is a red, swollen bump that may be painful to the touch.
  • Cysts: Blocked, infected pores beneath the skin that can become painful and are often caused by hormonal shifts.

All of these lesions can be found throughout the body, but are known to especially affect the face and back.

What is “severe” acne?

The severity of an acne outbreak is often determined by both the type and the number of lesions on the affected area. Generally, cysts and comedones are considered more severe than pustules. Using this scale, your dermatologist can examine your skin; decide whether your acne is mild, moderate or severe; and develop a treatment plan accordingly.

What is cystic acne?

Cystic acne is a severe form of acne that occurs when dead skin cells and natural oils build up beneath the skin within hair follicles. These buildups are vulnerable to rupture, causing infections under the skin that appear like boils and can eventually cause deep scarring. Studies on what causes cystic acne show that hormones play a part in its development, as well as genetics.

What is the best treatment for my acne?

Your dermatologist may recommend topical anti-acne products for mild acne, while moderate acne may require antibiotics or hormone regulators. Cystic pimple treatment and severe acne treatment in general may require more specialized medications. We treat every case individually, and with our patient-first approach, the team at Mt. Lebanon Dermatology Associates can help develop a treatment plan that accounts for your needs.