Acne Specialist

Boulder Dermatology

Dermatology Clinic & Aesthetic Specialists located in Boulder, CO & Louisville, CO

Acne is the most common skin condition in the United States, but you don’t have to just live with it. Acne symptoms can be reduced, and even eliminated, with treatment strategies offered by Dr. Lise Morrison and the team at Boulder Dermatology. If you live in Boulder or Louisville, Colorado, call or use the online booking agent to make an appointment and take control of acne.

Acne Q & A

What is acne?

Acne symptoms can vary from mild to severe. Chronic outbreaks of pimples, plus blackheads, whiteheads, cysts, and nodules, may also occur. Many people experience acne outbreaks on the face, but acne can also appear on the back, neck, chest, shoulders, upper arms, and buttocks. As the breakouts heal, they can leave dark spots on the skin that take weeks or months to fade. Nodules and cysts sometimes lead to scarring and pitting, even after acne has subsided.

Acne can also cause psychological distress, such as low self-esteem and depression.


What causes acne?

Acne often occurs in adolescence or your teenage years, but it can occur in babies and in people of middle age, especially women.

Acne occurs when dead skin cells and sebum, a natural oil your skin produces, clog your pores. These clogged pores become infected with bacteria, which leads to inflammation. The inflammation shows up as pimples, cysts, and nodules.

Acne can range in degree from mild (rated as Grade 1) to severe (rated as Grade 4).

Why should I seek treatment for acne?

Acne can be managed to minimize its long-term effects. Many effective treatments exist. When gone untreated, you’re more likely to develop dark spots and permanent scars as a result of acne outbreaks. Treating and reducing acne can also improve your self-esteem.

How is acne treated?

At Boulder Dermatology, acne treatment is tailored to you. Not every case of acne responds to therapies in the same way.

Mild acne usually responds well to topical products containing benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid. The doctors at Boulder Dermatology may also recommend a prescription topical treatment that kills bacteria or reduces the oil.

Prescription creams often contain a retinoid, prescription-strength benzoyl peroxide, antibiotics, or salicylic acid. Topical treatments for acne can take a few weeks to make a notable improvement in your skin.

In serious cases of acne that involve lots of swelling, redness, and nodules, the providers at Boulder Dermatology may recommend Accutane, an oral medication. Accutane addresses widespread inflammation to reduce the symptoms of acne.

You don’t have to wait for acne to run its course. Contact Boulder Dermatology for effective management today.