Acne

Jeffrey Alter, MD -  - Medical Dermatologist

Integrated Dermatology of Waterbury

Jeffrey Alter, MD

Medical Dermatologist located in Waterbury, CT & Southbury, CT

Acne isn’t really a medical concern, but if you don’t seek professional medical attention, severe acne breakouts can lead to permanent scarring. You can get the effective acne treatment you deserve with the help of board-certified dermatologist Jeffrey Alter, MD, of Integrated Dermatology of Waterbury. Dr. Alter treats teens and adults in Waterbury, Connecticut, who are struggling with acne breakouts. Get started on your acne treatment right away by booking an exam online or over the phone.

Acne Q & A

What causes acne?

Acne is a chronic skin condition that leads to clogged pores, pimples, blackheads, and even painful nodules. These issues occur when your pores become clogged with debris and dead skin cells. Under normal circumstances, debris just rises to the surface and sloughs away.

However, when your body starts producing too much sebum, or skin oil, debris and dead skin cells get trapped inside the pore. This is why acne problems persist. In most cases, excessive oil production is a result of hormonal fluctuations, especially during your teen years. Acne can also be caused or triggered by:

  • Poor diet
  • Bacterial infections
  • Family history of acne

You may even be prone to developing acne because of the use of skin-clogging makeup or skin care products.

Do I need to see a dermatologist for acne?

Yes! Acne isn’t something you should let run its course. You can get treatment for current acne breakouts and even learn to prevent acne with the help of Dr. Alter at Integrated Dermatology of Waterbury. It’s important to schedule an acne evaluation right away if your acne is:

  • Not improving with over-the-counter remedies
  • Making you feel self-conscious
  • Causing pain or discomfort
  • Continuing to worsen
  • Leading to scars

During your acne exam at Integrated Dermatology of Waterbury, Dr. Alter evaluates your skin, talks with you about your symptoms, and learns about what you currently do at home to treat your acne. He talks with you about all of the different acne treatment solutions, so you can work together to treat your acne.

How is acne treated?

Your acne treatment plan is entirely tailored to you and the severity of your acne symptoms. Depending on your needs, your acne treatment plan may include:

  • Prescription-strength benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid creams
  • Topical or oral retinoid medications
  • Laser or light therapy
  • Antibiotic medications
  • Chemical peels

For women, if your acne is linked to hormonal fluctuations, Dr. Alter could recommend birth control pills to prevent future acne flare-ups. With so many personalized acne treatments available at Integrated Dermatology of Waterbury, you can restore your healthy skin and get rid of unsightly acne.

Before your acne gets any worse, schedule an exam at Integrated Dermatology of Waterbury. Use the online booking tool, or call to request an acne evaluation.