Bryn Mawr Dermatology

Villanova, PA | Collegeville, PA
Chesterbrook, PA

Clear Skin, Clear Confidence: Discover Effective Acne Solutions


Did you know that acne affects a staggering 85% of people between the ages of 12 and 24? Not only does acne cause physical discomfort, but it can also significantly impact one’s self-esteem. The good news is that there are numerous strategies available to help control acne and achieve clearer, healthier skin. This article will explore practical and effective methods to combat acne, providing valuable insights to support your journey towards achieving your desired skin.

While this article spells out some important information about acne, we highly recommend you read the full article, here are the key points we will focus on:

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Acne Awareness Month

What is Acne?

Acne is a dermatological condition that affects the skin, particularly the face, chest, and back. It is characterized by the presence of pimples, blackheads, whiteheads, and other blemishes. It occurs when hair follicles become clogged with oil and dead skin cells, leading to inflammation and the formation of acne lesions such as papules, pustules, cysts, and nodules. Acne can be a source of frustration and self-consciousness for many individuals, but understanding its causes and treatment options can help manage and control this common condition.


Several factors contribute to the development of acne. Hormonal changes play a significant role, especially during puberty, when an increase in androgen hormone levels leads to increased sebum production. This excess oil can clog pores and contribute to the formation of acne lesions. Hormonal fluctuations in women during their menstrual cycles or due to hormonal disorders can also trigger acne breakouts.


Lifestyle choices can also influence acne. Stress, lack of sleep, and poor dietary habits, such as consuming a diet high in refined sugars and unhealthy fats, have been linked to increased acne severity. Additionally, certain foods and beverages, such as dairy products and high-glycemic-index foods, may exacerbate acne symptoms in some individuals.


Age-Related Acne:


While acne can emerge at any age, it commonly begins during puberty and is prevalent among adolescents and teenagers. However, as research progresses, evidence indicates that acne can also appear or persist into adulthood, especially among women. Studies have shown that acne affects 15% or more of women aged 25 to 45, aligning with earlier findings suggesting a slightly higher prevalence among women (9.81%) than men (8.96%). 


In adolescents, acne is primarily influenced by hormonal changes associated with puberty.

In adults, acne can persist or emerge later in life, often due to hormonal imbalances, pregnancy, or the use of certain medications. Adult acne tends to be more inflammatory and is most commonly linked to factors like stress, hormonal fluctuations, and underlying medical conditions.


Understanding the specific type of acne experienced at different stages of life is crucial for selecting appropriate treatment options and developing an effective skincare routine. 

Different Types of Treatment Options?

At Bryn Mawr Dermatology, a range of treatment options are available to address various types of acne and individual needs. Let’s explore some of the effective therapies offered:


Topical Acne Facials and Aesthetician Services


Topical acne facials and aesthetician services provided by Bryn Mawr Dermatology are designed to target and treat acne-prone skin. These treatments are performed by experienced aestheticians who specialize in skin care and acne management. Here are some of the treatments we offer:


  • Chemical Peels: Chemical peels are facial treatments that involve the application of a chemical solution to exfoliate the outer layer of the skin. This process helps unclog pores, reduce acne lesions, and improve skin texture and tone. Aestheticians at Bryn Mawr Dermatology can recommend the appropriate type and strength of chemical peel based on your skin type and acne severity.
  • Deep Cleansing Facials: Deep cleansing facials focus on thoroughly cleansing the skin, removing excess oil, dead skin cells, and debris that can contribute to acne breakouts. Aestheticians use specialized techniques and products to deeply cleanse the pores, promoting a clearer complexion and preventing future acne flare-ups.
  • Customized Topical Acne Medications: The dermatology team at Bryn Mawr Dermatology can prescribe customized topical medications tailored to your specific acne concerns. These medications may include retinoids, antibiotics, benzoyl peroxide, or a combination of ingredients to target acne-causing factors and reduce inflammation.
  • Extractions: During acne facials, aestheticians can perform manual extractions to remove blackheads, whiteheads, and other non-inflamed acne lesions. This process helps to unclog pores and alleviate congestion, reducing the likelihood of future breakouts.



Accutane is a prescription medication primarily used to treat severe acne that has not responded well to other treatments. It is a form of oral retinoid, a derivative of vitamin A, and is considered one of the most effective acne treatments available. It is typically prescribed for individuals with severe nodular acne, which is characterized by large, painful, and persistent cystic lesions. It may also be used for other forms of acne that are resistant to conventional therapies.


Oral Treatment Options:

There are several oral treatment options available for acne apart from Accutane. Here are a few commonly prescribed medications:


  • Oral Antibiotics: Antibiotics such as tetracycline, doxycycline, minocycline, and erythromycin are often prescribed to treat moderate to severe acne.
  • Spironolactone: Spironolactone is a medication primarily used to treat conditions such as high blood pressure and fluid retention but has also been found to be effective in managing hormonal acne in women.

Laser Skin Resurfacing: 


Using advanced laser skin resurfacing technology, Bryn Mawr Dermatology can precisely target damaged skin cells and stimulate collagen production, resulting in smoother and rejuvenated skin. Following are some techniques that can help reduce acne scarring: 


  • CO2RE Laser: CO2RE laser resurfacing is a more intensive treatment option for severe acne scarring. It employs fractional laser technology to eliminate damaged skin cells, stimulate collagen production, and foster skin revitalization that helps reduce the visibility of deep acne scars.
  • SkinPen: This microneedling process stimulates the skin’s natural healing response, triggering the production of collagen and elastin, two essential proteins responsible for maintaining skin structure and elasticity. As a result, the SkinPen can improve the appearance of various skin concerns, including fine lines, wrinkles, acne scars, uneven texture, and enlarged pores.

Acne Reduction Kit

The BMD Acne Reduction Kit has been specially designed to help teens combat acne outbreaks and follow a healthy morning and night skin regimen that enables them to reduce the intensity of acne breakouts. The BMD Acne Reduction Kit consists of the following products: 



  • Clarifying Foamy Cleanser: This carefully formulated cleanser effectively eliminates dirt and excess oil from pores using a gentle foam infused with salicylic acid. It is an ideal first step for teens to achieve a refreshed and vibrant complexion.

  • ELTAMD Clear Tinted SPF: This lightly tinted formula consists of niacinamide (vitamin B3) to combat redness, hyaluronic acid to hydrate and plump, and lactic acid to exfoliate the skin gently. It is non-comedogenic (doesn’t clog pores), which makes it the perfect product for teens with skin prone to breakouts. It not only helps maintain a clear complexion but also provides reliable sun protection for your skin. 



  • BMD Daily Acne Pads: Formulated for daily use, these convenient pre-soaked pads can seamlessly integrate into any skincare routine. Combining the power of glycolic, salicylic, and lactic acids, these pads effectively combat acne-causing bacteria and promote the accelerated turnover of skin cells.


  • BMD Blemish Spot Treatment: The BMD Blemish Spot is an on-the-spot, overnight treatment specifically designed to diminish the intensity and duration of breakouts, allowing you to wake up to clearer skin.


  • BMD Sheer Moisturizer: For teens with oily skin, this lightweight moisturizer is the perfect solution to maintain a nourished and radiant complexion without causing any greasiness. It provides the necessary hydration to keep your skin plump and vibrant at all times.


  • BMD Recommended Prescription: Consult us for a customized topical prescription that incorporates multiple active ingredients tailored to target the underlying causes of your unique acne symptoms. 

Why Choose Bryn Mawr Dermatology for Acne Treatment?

Whether you are a teenager who has recently started experiencing acne, or an adult who has suffered from harsh acne for years, Bryn Mawr Dermatology is here to provide the necessary support. This article has highlighted the range of effective acne and acne scarring treatment options Bryn Mawr Dermatology offers, including topical medications, laser therapies, light-based treatments, and personalized prescriptions. Our value proposition lies in our expertise, customized approach, advanced technology, and patient-centered care. We remain at the forefront of dermatology advancements, providing comprehensive care tailored to individual needs and prioritizing open communication with patients. 


Schedule a consultation with us today, and take a step towards your acne-free journey. Contact us at 610-410-9219 or fill out our online contact form, and we will get back to you as soon as possible!

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