What is Acne?

Acne can affect those with any skin type at any age and can be frustrating to get rid of properly. If you struggle with clearing your skin of acne, a dermatologist at Seattle Skin & Laser might recommend an acne extraction treatment.

Acne can appear as blackheads, whiteheads, papules, pimples, or cysts. Acne occurs when the pores of the skin are clogged, trapping sebum, dead skin, and other debris. While many believe that acne just needs to run its course, avoiding treatment for severe acne can result in scarring and dark marks left on the skin.

What is an Acne Extraction?

Acne extraction involves the use of a sterile tool to remove trapped material within a pimple, whitehead, or blackhead. This also opens the pores to allow topical medication in more effectively. Acne extraction is not the same as popping a pimple at home and should only be performed by a dermatologist to prevent the risk of skin damage and scaring.

Other Treatment Options

In addition to extraction, acne can be treated with topical creams and gels, medications, laser therapy, and chemical peels. Acne extraction can clear a current break out and help to prevent future ones, but other treatment options might be needed to maintain clear skin.

If you’re prone to acne related skin problems, talk with your dermatologist about what the best course of treatment will be. A dermatologist at Seattle Skin & Laser can examine your skin and determine if treatment with acne extraction is right for you.