Acne

Douglas C. Walker, DO, PC

Family Medicine Physicians & Med Spa located in Garland, UT

At any age, an acne breakout can have some consequences for your self-esteem. Douglas Walker, DO, PC, treats mild to severe cases of acne and acne scars using the latest and most effective technologies and treatments at his private practice in Garland, Utah. No matter the cause of your acne or your age when it develops, Dr. Walker can help clear your skin. To make an appointment, call the office or use the online booking tool today.

Acne Q & A

What causes acne?

The underlying cause of acne is clogged pores or hair follicles. Oils, skin cells, and acne tend to accumulate in the tiny holes in your skin and become breeding grounds for bacteria. A few factors can kickstart or worsen your acne, including:

  • Hormone changes (e.g., puberty, menstruation)
  • A diet with too much sugar
  • Certain medications
  • Stress
  • Grease or oil on your skin

There are many myths surrounding the causes of acne. Despite what you’ve heard, acne isn’t caused or worsened by a lack of hygiene, makeup, or greasy fried foods.

What are the symptoms of acne?

Acne can come in many forms, and you might notice several types of acne on your face and body. It can appear as:

  • Red bumps
  • Whiteheads
  • Blackheads
  • Bumps that ooze pus or liquid
  • Cysts beneath your skin

Acne most commonly appears on your face, chest, back, shoulders, and buttocks. It can appear on and off or consistently for months or years at a time.

What are my treatment options for acne?

Dr. Walker uses several methods to target and reduce your acne. He creates a treatment plan that works for your skin and your schedule. It may include:

Cynosure® Icon™ laser treatment

The Icon laser is a versatile medical device with many uses, including the reduction of acne and acne scars. The laser targets blemishes and scar tissues, breaking them down until your body is able to absorb the fragments. The laser can also target or eliminate spider veins, age spots, and melasma.

Acne medication

There are many medications for acne on the market, and Dr. Walker can prescribe you one that works for your skin type. Prescription medications for acne can reduce oils in your skin, reduce inflammation, and fight bacteria that accumulates in your pores. Some are in pill form, while others are topical skin creams.

Home care

Dr. Walker may recommend that you try home care before jumping into rigorous laser treatments and prescription medications. To fight acne, you can take over-the-counter medications or supplements, wash your face regularly, change your diet, or avoid stress to the best of your ability.

If you’ve tried everything to get clear, acne-free skin, call or schedule an appointment online with Dr. Walker to explore your acne treatment options.