What is Acne?
Acne is a common and often chronic skin disorder that affects teenagers and adults, males and females alike. Unfortunately, acne is often underrecognized and undertreated in our society. Lack of treatment or inadequate treatment of acne can lead to increased morbidity and despair for the patient. In addition to causing frustration, acne may cause a decrease in self-esteem and confidence.
If acne goes untreated or is inadequately treated, it is likely that scarring will develop. Scarring can be quite significant and may become permanent. It may contribute to social isolation, a decreased sense of self-esteem, frustration, and depression in the patient.
Our Experience Treating Acne
Dr. Lubitz is well trained in the assessment and treatment of acne. As a Board Certified Dermatologist, Dr. Lubitz is well versed in the appropriate treatment of acne affecting men and women of all ages and prescribes the most appropriate prescription medications for all types of acne cases, whether they are mild or severe.
In fact, Dr. Lubitz has a special interest in acne and acne scarring. He has more than 20 years of experience in treating the full spectrum of acne situations; from early onset acne, to acne through the teenage years, and finally, adult acne. He is thoroughly trained and knowledgeable in the most advanced treatment options available for this condition.
Dr. Lubitz’s wealth of experience allows him to tailor a successful treatment regimen that pays careful attention to the concerns, desires and lifestyle of the patient. He is very cognisant that some patients do not want to take medications for their acne if at all possible. Fortunately, there are non-medical treatment options available that are both safe and effective and that can be used either alone or in combination.
Acne Treatment Options
A number of treatment options are available for acne, including oral and topical medications, in addition to multiple non-medication treatment options.
Many acne cases may respond very effectively and safely to prescription medication. However, it can be difficult to decide which cases those are, and to know the appropriate medication to use that will be safe and effective for the particular patient. A dermatologist is specially trained to be able to help with these situations.
In many cases, your acne may require a combined treatment which uses a medication and a non-medication treatment approach in order to obtain long-term results. Different treatments may be used in conjunction with each other for best results.
At Art of SKIN Dermatology, Laser and Cosmetic Surgery, we can often treat acne effectively with and without prescription medication by using a combination of the latest technology in light-based aesthetics—we have a variety of lasers, chemical peeling agents and appropriate cosmeceutical skin care that can be used to treat acne.
We understand how frustrating acne can be. Our goal is to create a customized plan for each patient based on his or her individual needs. At Art of SKIN Dermatology, Laser and Cosmetic Surgery, your particular acne situation will be carefully discussed and a tailored treatment plan will be presented.
Cosmeceutical Skin Care
Skin care, in general and particularly in the harsh Alberta or Rocky Mountain environment, can either improve or contribute to acne. In many cases, relatively simple changes in skin care can result in dramatic improvements in acne without any other treatments at all! What is difficult for patients is knowing which products are helpful and which ones are not.
As part of your initial consultation regarding your acne condition, we will discuss your current skincare routine and make appropriate suggestions as to what can be modified or improved.
Following any acne treatment, or in combination with any on-going treatment (prescription or not), our skin care specialists will recommend appropriate skincare products to speed recovery and to ensure optimal care for your skin during the treatment and healing phase. Each product recommendation is based on your own individual needs. At Art of SKIN Dermatology, Laser and Cosmetic Surgery, we develop a personalized treatment protocol for every client.