Acne Treatment

Acne treatment cannot always be accomplished through topical treatments alone. Because acne can be a genetic disease triggered by hormones, skin care products are sometimes not sufficient for long-lasting results since they do not eliminate the underlying causes of acne. The Derm Group’s physicians are highly experienced in treating even the most severe, stubborn cases of acne and will create a customized treatment plan for your specific condition and lifestyle.

For accurate diagnosis and treatment of acne, a thorough consultation with one of our physicians is essential. If you have additional questions or would like to speak with one of our board-certified dermatologists, call (973) 571-2121.

Understanding Your Treatment

To help reduce acne and improve the skin’s quality, many of our patients benefit from a combination of prescription and non-prescription topical products that reduce oil production and acne-causing bacteria, while also exfoliating the skin to reduce active acne eruptions and improve overall skin tone. For moderate to severe acne, oral antibiotics and hormone regulating medications can be prescribed. Additionally, chemical peels, photodynamic therapy with Blu-U, laser treatments, or Intense Pulsed Light can help reduce active acne eruptions as well as reduce marks and blemishes left from prior eruptions. For the most severe and recalcitrant cases of acne we will often prescibe oral isotretinoin.

The Derm Group often conducts new clinical research trials for acne. Learn more about our previous studies or how you can participate.

What is Isotretinoin?

Isotretinoin (trade name: Accutane or Roaccutane) is a specific medication for the treatment of acne. Isotretinoin was approved by the FDA in 1978, and over its 35-year history, has proven to be an effective, safe acne cure. The medication is a purified form of vitamin A, which is related to retinol. It works by finding the vitamin A receptors in the skin, decreasing the size of oil glands, and stopping production of the abnormal sticky cells that plug follicles. The Derm Group has treated more than 10,000 patients with isotretinoin; 60% of those were cured for a lifetime with just one 6-month course of medication.

Are there any side effects?

Isotretinoin can have minor side effects, which will be discussed at the time of your appointment. The most common include dry eyes and headache. These effects are treatable and generally improve as you keep taking the medication. Very rarely, isotretinoin may cause a change in mood. All side effects subside with discontinued use of the medication. Isotretinoin is not appropriate for pregnant women, as it may cause serious birth defects.

What are the advantages and disadvantages?

Many people may have false beliefs about isotretinoin. During your appointment, one of our physicians will sit down with you to explain the advantages and drawbacks of this medication. The Derm Group’s medical staff is very experienced in administering and monitoring isotretinoin treatment. Our patients benefit from regular check-ups with their physician in order to monitor their progress. Your medication may be adjusted as necessary to produce the intended results.

How effective is Isotretinoin?

Isotretinoin has provided remarkable results for thousands of our patients. This is one treatment that’s more than a treatment: it’s the only treatment that could potentially cure your acne.

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