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Acne Treatment


In the U.S. Acne is considered to be one of the most predominant skin issues. Often characterized by pimples that appear on the face, back and chest. Most get acne during their teenage years and often going away by the time they are adults.

However, Acne can continue throughout your grownup life as well. Having a huge impact on one’s self-esteem, self-confidence, as well as your anxiety levels.

Many individuals mistakenly think acne is easily handled, but some battle with acne despite a variety of treatments, products, and practices. At times, seeing a board-certified dermatologist can be the best solution to persistent acne.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Acne?

Acne typically appears on the face, neck, back, chest, and shoulder area, although it can appear anywhere. Without care, acne can cause permanent scarring and darkened spots on skin. It can present itself in the following ways:

Blackheads & Whiteheads – known as Comedonal, both come about when pores become congested by dead skin cells and oil. Whiteheads are small white bumps that occur when pores are clogged, and skin is closed over them. Blackheads are little black dots on the skin that appear when the congested pore stays open and is exposed to air, causing it to darken in appearance.

Pimples – Acne cysts or nodules which can cause deep, painful breakouts. Red Pustules or Papules are inflamed pores that fill with pus. These can lead to scarring.

Acne Causes

There are many factors that can cause acne flares. Things like hormones, diet, sleep, exercise, and genetics can have a role in breakouts. Acne will start to appear when a pore becomes clogged with dead skin cells or bacteria, creating an inflammatory response identifiable by what we know as pimples.

The same factors that contribute to acne-prone skin also contribute to how well your skin can shed its skin cells by regulating the oil and bacteria on your skin. Sometimes, patients can see a decrease in breakouts by adjusting these lifestyle factors.

Sometimes, the issue is harder to resolve, especially when the cause may be genetics. This means that professional treatments and products may be necessary, and Dr. Porter can advise the best with both.


To receive a useful diagnosis for acne, it’s vital to consult a dermatologist. This is because various types of acne can be caused by various things, so Dr. Porter can help create a customized treatment plan.

If you have minor acne, utilizing products that contain benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid can help to clear the skin. The more acute the acne, the more there may need to be professional treatment.

It is important for patients not to pick or scratch at individual lesions because it can make them inflamed and can lead to long-term scarring.

There are many types of treatments to address acne problems, and we offer many of the most effective ones at our Melbourne office’s.

Some Treatments Include

Accutane – Most effective oral agent for moderate to severe acne. Our providers are well-experienced in this highly effective treatment.

Extraction – Removal of whiteheads and blackheads using a small metal instrument & Q-Tips that is centered on the comedone and pushed down, extruding the blocked pore.

Detox Peels – Used with the extraction process this helps to clean out any extra dirt and oil allowing the skin to have a clean surface area.

Oral and Topical Antibiotics – Used to treat any infection in the pores.

Hormonal Treatments – Can be used for adult women with hormonally induced acne.

Tretinoin – A derivative of Vitamin A, tretinoin helps unplug the blocked-up material in whiteheads/blackheads. It has become a mainstay in the treatment of acne.

Aviclear – First FDA approved, non-invasive laser treatment for moderate to severe acne. Porter Premiere Dermatology is proud to offer this treatment in our office.