Everyone, whether they have a once yearly pimple or chronic severe acne, wants to know how to clear their acne quickly. Patients constantly ask us, “Is there a quick fix for acne?” Dr. Schweiger explains that, “Acne is a chronic disease. It is not the type of condition that can be cured with a shot or treated with a pill for one week. The treatment of acne requires consistant use of medications or a series of laser treatments. However, there are some quick fixes for acne that can be used when unwanted pimples pop up at an inopportune time.”
Quick Fixes for Acne:
Isolaz Acne Treatment: The Isolaz acne treatment, performed in a dermatologist’s office, clears out clogged pores and kills the bacteria that causes breakouts. The Isolaz acne treatment quickly reduces active acne on the skin, without any downtime or pain.
Cortisone Injection: Your dermatologist or specialized Physician Assistant can perform a cortisone injection in the office. A diluted concentration of a medication called “triamcinolone” is injected directly into the pimple. Since acne is an inflammatory process, the anti-inflammatory effect of triamcinolone flattens out an inflammatory papule (or pimple) within 24-48 hours.
Benzoyl Peroxide: Topical benzoyl peroxide, available in over-the-counter formulations, can be applied directly to the pimple. Benzoyl peroxide works by killing the p. acnes bacteria that is contributing to the acne and decreasing the inflammation of the bump. Low concentrations of benzoyl peroxide should be used as spot treatment, as stronger concentrations can cause excess irritation on the treated area. Benzoyl peroxide is also commonly used to prevent acne in acne-prone areas, as it not only kills bacteria and decreases inflammation, but it clears up the clogged pores that lead to acne.
Salicylic Acid: Salicylic acid spot treatments help to unclog blocked pores that lead to acne, allowing the inflamed skin to return to normal. Salicylic acid can also be used regularly to keep pores clear and prevent the formation of acne in the first place.
What Doesn’t Work to Clear Acne Quickly: