Sonoma Skin Works
Dermatologists & Medical Spa located in Frisco, TX
Most people experience acne at some point in their lives. Dr. Terrill and the team at Sonoma Skin Works in Frisco, TX, provide treatments for acne to help patients of all ages feel happy and confident in their skin.
Acne Q & A
What causes acne?
Acne lesions are clogged and inflamed pores. Once a plug of sebum has formed in a pore, bacteria infects it and causes inflammation, which results in a pimple. Acne can appear as whiteheads, blackheads, small bumps, nodules, or cysts. While it is most often a normal physiologic occurrence, acne can be aggravated. Fluctuating hormone levels, certain medications, or stress can trigger acne or aggravate an existing condition. Picking at acne can also spread the bacteria and increase inflammation.
How is acne treated?
There are a variety of treatments available for acne and many patients require a combination of treatments to fully address the condition. Benzoyl peroxide is available in over the counter and prescription strength; it targets the surface bacteria which can aggravate acne. Retinoids are used to treat whiteheads and blackheads. In some cases, antibiotics are either applied to the skin or taken orally to control bacteria and reduce inflammation. Antibiotics are more effective when combined with a topical treatment such as benzoyl peroxide or retinoids. Patients who suffer from severe cystic acne may benefit from an oral retinoid called isotretinoin, which shrinks the size of oil glands. Isotretinoin is only available under medical supervision and can have serious side effects. In other cases, the doctor may prescribe hormone therapy for women in the form of low-dose estrogen and progesterone birth control pills.
Can I prevent acne?
In some cases, a good skincare regime with the best products for your skin type can control the oil, sebum, and bacteria responsible for acne. Many patients also benefit from regular facials or photofacials to keep skin clean and clear with an even skin tone. However, when acne is caused by other issues like hormonal fluctuation or other conditions, medical care from a board certified dermatologist like Dr. Terrill at Sonoma Skin Works is often necessary to control the issue.
Words from our patients
"If you're looking for a dermatologist who knows what he's talking about and can help you get the results you need....make an appointment today. "
"They got me in and took care of my needs the very day I called. Reasonable costs. Love these guys. And you will too."
"First time patient and would highly recommend. Very friendly and knowledgeable staff. Dr. Terrill knows skin!"
"The team at Sonoma takes great care of their customers. Their doctor and estheticians are very knowledgeable, I have seen great results with my skin in the last year."
"Dr. Terrill takes time to assure you understand what the action plan is and why. The office staff is very nice and the office was very clean! Very positive experience!"
"Dr. Terrill took time to answer all my questions in a friendly bedside manner. He took the time to share with me expectations, what to be concerned about..."
"Dr. Terrill explained everything I needed to know about the medication that he recommended for me. He was also very prompt and concise when answering all my questions."