Acne is the most common condition we see at Northwest Skin Specialists. Contrary to popular opinion, acne can persist long after your teenage years. Acne blemishes can range from blackheads, whiteheads and red bumps to pustules and tender cysts. Inflammation associated with acne can lead to permanent scarring. Treatment for acne varies depending on its severity and location, previous treatments you’ve received and your personal preferences. If you have mild to moderate acne, your treatment may include a variety of topical medications, chemical peels and/or microdermabrasion. Moderate to severe and/or treatment-resistant acne may require hormonal therapy, oral antibiotics, or isotretinoin (Accutane). In use since 1982, isotretinoin is very safe when prescribed in accordance with the iPledge system (a mandatory distribution program approved by the FDA for the prevention of pregnancy during therapy). Our providers have extensive experience with the full complement of acne treatments, including the use and management of Isotretinoin.
Rosacea is another common chronic skin condition that we typically see in adults. If you have rosacea, you may have an increased tendency to “flush and blush.” Some people also experience small pimples, visible blood vessels, even swollen areas on their mid face, as well as inflamed, irritated eyes. In rare cases, you may develop rhinophyma, a condition in which oil glands and vessels on the nose become enlarged, creating a bulbous appearance. Rosacea often worsens over time, but our providers offer many effective treatments, including guidance on lifestyle changes and gentle skin care regimens, as well as topical prescriptions, oral antibiotics, isotretinoin, and laser therapy.