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Acne Treatment - in Seattle at Radiant Rejuvenation


With the dual medical and cosmetic expertise available at Radiant Rejuvenation, the requests to treat acne are frequent. We have developed a systematic approach to treat acne, from both the medical and cosmetic aspect. This approach is very effective in taking care of acne problems and improving the appearance of the skin.

Dr. Lau consults with the patient to evaluate the problem of acne and its cosmetic consequences. He then prescribes the appropriate treatments to address those issues. Topical and oral medications are often prescribed to treat the acne. If appropriate, additional in-office treatments, such as photo/laser treatment, microdermabrasion or superficial chemical peels may be recommended. Our highly trained medical estheticians will also instruct the patients on proper skin care, at-home treatments for acne, and measures to improve the cosmetic effects.

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Treatment Options

Topical Medications

  • Benzoyl peroxide - it is anti-bacterial and comedolytic (gets rid of black heads).
  • Topical antibiotics – can be combined with benzoyl peroxide. Common topical antibiotics are clindamycin, erythromycin, and sulfur.
  • Topical retinoids – anti-inflammatory and comedolytic.
  • Topical azelaic acid – to also help with post-inflammatory pigment changes.

Systemic Antibiotics

To treat moderate to severe acne, especially with deep cystic acne and deep infections, oral antibiotics are needed. Commonly used oral antibiotics are doxycycline, minocycline, azithromycin, amoxicillin, cephalexin and Bactrim. Some medications are used only for short term, some daily for longer periods, and some a few days a month.

Anti-androgens and Birth Control Pills

Male hormones (androgens) such as testosterone aggravate acne. Birth control pills can help counteract this by increasing sex hormone binding globulins, which are produced in the liver, to bind the androgens in the blood. Also, taking a diuretic called Spironolactone can block the effect of testosterones on acne. A daily dose is usually recommended.

Superficial Chemical Peel / Microdermabrasion

Chemically or mechanically removing the superficial skin tissue can help treat acne, most often in conjunction with the other measures described above. Salicylic acid is a preferred chemical peel due to fewer side effects and less problems with darker skin types. The medical estheticians at Radiant Rejuvenation are experts in these procedures.

Light / Laser Treatments

Intense Pulse Light IPL therapy is used at Radiant Rejuvenation to treat acne and improve the appearance of the skin, both in evening the color and improving the brightness of the skin. This works well in conjunction with the other cosmetic measures.