Acne

Helena Dermatology | Montana Aesthetics PC

Aesthetics & Dermatology located in Helena, MT

If you’re embarrassed by acne’s bumps, lumps, and redness, you don’t have to hide your face behind thick medications or makeup anymore. Expert dermatologist Latha S. Vellanki, MD, treats acne in teens and adults at Helena Dermatology & Montana Aesthetics PC. By using state-of-the-art therapies — including lasers and microdermabrasion — Dr. Vellanki improves the health of your skin so you can be acne-free again. To book an acne treatment appointment, call the Helena, Montana office or use the online booking tool.

Acne Q & A

What is acne?

Acne is a skin disorder that starts with a surge of testosterone, usually in adolescence. Excess testosterone causes your body to produce too much sebum, which is the waxy oil that your follicles secrete to keep your skin moist. 

When you have too much sebum, your pores clog and attract the bacterium Propionibacterium acnes, which leads to an acne lesion.

Acne affects about 50 million women, men, and teens each year, making it the most common skin condition in the United States. About 15% of women continue to get acne as adults, especially around the time of menopause. 


How do dermatologists treat acne?

Dr. Vellanki bases her treatment options on your individual case. She examines your skin for the type of lesions you have (i.e., blackheads, whiteheads, pimples, cysts, and nodules) and looks for evidence of scarring. 

Depending on her findings, she may recommend lifestyle adjustments, dietary changes, and topical medications such as retinoids. She may also prescribe oral antibiotics to kill P. acnes or oral retinoids to resolve severe cystic or nodular acne in select cases. 

She may also recommend either laser therapy or microdermabrasion to improve your skin and reduce your chances of developing more acne lesions. 


How does laser therapy help acne?

Lasers work by heating the inner layers of your skin, creating microwounds that prompt your skin to initiate a healing process. 

In the months after your laser treatment, your skin undergoes collagen remodeling, in which it rebuilds your skin from the inside out with new strands of the proteins collagen and elastin.

Laser therapy clears your pores of dead skin and clogged sebum. As your skin remodels itself with new proteins, your pores tighten and the overall health of your skin improves. Laser therapy may take a series of treatments to get the results you want.


How does microdermabrasion help acne?

Microdermabrasion is an exfoliating therapy. Dr. Vellanki sprays tiny crystals on your skin, and then uses a hand-held device to “sand away” the top layer, removing dead skin, debris, and shallow acne scars. 

Microdermabrasion improves your skin if you have noninflammatory lesions, such as blackheads and whiteheads, but shouldn’t be used on active, inflammatory acne.

If you’re ready to improve your acne, contact Helena Dermatology & Montana Aesthetics PC today by phone or online form.

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