Treating Acne No Matter Your Age
University of Utah Dermatology offers an evening acne clinic for both adults and teenagers. Offering our clinic during evening hours allows patients to schedule their appointments after work or school when it's most convenient for them.
To make an appointment, please call 801-581-2955 or request an appointment online.
When to See a Doctor For Acne
Anyone who’s concerned about their complexion should make an appointment with a dermatologist. We offer appointments for all types of acne, from mild to severe. We also offer many different types of treatment.
While acne doesn’t improve overnight, the sooner you start treatment the sooner you will see changes. To determine the best treatment for you, your healthcare provider will consider your:
- overall health,
- how severe your acne is, and
- other factors.
Treating acne focuses on minimizing scarring and improving the appearance of your skin. Treatments may include medicines you apply to your skin or medicine you take in pill form.
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Acne: Myths vs. Facts
Myth #1: Acne only happens to teenagers.
Almost 80 percent of all people between the ages of 11 and 30 have acne outbreaks at some point. Some people in their forties and fifties still get acne.
Myth #2: Popping pimples is an effective way to get rid of acne.
People who squeeze, pinch, or pick at their pimples are more likely to get scars or dark spots on their skin. Acne is a skin disease that should be treated by a dermatologist.
Myth #3: Washing skin vigorously clears up acne.
Gentle washing is a more effective way to clear acne. Hard scrubbing can irritate your skin and make acne worse.
Myth #4: You just have to learn acne run its course—there’s no treatment!
There’s no reason anyone should live with severe acne. Most acne can be treated over time and boosts a patient’s self-esteem.
Myth #5: Acne scars are forever.
The best way to prevent acne scarring is by treating acne early. But some scarring can be made less visible with certain laser procedures, dermabrasion, chemical peels, and skin fillers.
Myth #6: Topical treatments are the only way to treat acne.
Some topical treatments may help clear up your skin. But for more severe cases of acne, you should talk to your doctor about oral prescriptions.
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