Acne Specialist

Dr. Robert A. Norman Dermatology -  - Dermatologist

Dr. Robert A. Norman Dermatology

Dermatologists located in Tampa, FL & Riverview, FL

Acne is a very common skin condition in the United States. However, you may find a lot of misinformation about the best treatment for your acne. Board-certified dermatologist Robert A. Norman, DO, MPH, MBA, and his team specialize in the management of acne and offer the most effective treatment to improve the look and health of your skin. For an appointment, contact Dr. Robert A. Norman Dermatology, with offices in Riverview and Tampa, Florida, by phone or online today.

Acne Q & A

What is acne?

Acne is a general term used to describe various blemishes that develop on your skin, including whiteheads, blackheads, pimples, minor lumps, and any clogged pores that occur on the face or upper torso. Acne can develop at any age, but it most often forms during the teenage years. While acne affects both males and females, males tend to have severe, longer-lasting types of the condition, and females have frequent flare-ups during hormonal shifts.

Even in minor cases of acne, skin blemishes can affect your self-esteem. And in the more severe forms of the condition, the blemishes may lead to permanent scarring. The team at Dr. Robert A. Norman Dermatology recommends you take care of your acne early to reduce your risk of long-term consequences.

What causes acne?

Acne develops when your skin pores get clogged with dead skin cells and oil. Normally, your skin pushes the dead skin cells to the surface for shedding. However, when your body produces too much sebum, which is the oil that keeps your skin moist, it traps the dead cells in the pore, resulting in the blemish.

In some cases, the bacteria found on your skin also gets trapped in the pore, which causes your blemish to become inflamed and sometimes painful, and may turn into a nodule or cyst.

What are the treatments for acne?

The team at Dr. Robert A. Norman Dermatology develops individualized treatment plans to clear up your acne based on the types of blemishes you have and the severity of your case. What works for one person may not work for another.

Your treatment may include topical medication such as prescription-strength benzoyl peroxide or antibiotic creams. These topical medications don’t work overnight; it can take up to eight weeks for your skin to clear up with regular use.

In some cases, your skin care specialist may also recommend oral medication, such as antibiotics or birth control, to improve the look of your skin. Chemical peels may also be recommended as a treatment option for your acne.

For a skin consultation from a team that wants nothing more than for you to have the beautiful and healthy skin you deserve, contact Dr. Robert A. Norman Dermatology by phone or online today.