Dermatologist: Prevention is best way to handle acne

Once a blemish or acne clears, it may leave behind a not-so-friendly reminder in the form of a scar or discoloration. These may be treated with lasers and fading creams, but dermatologists at Baylor College of Medicine say prevention and time are the best ways to handle the problem.

Markus said skin tone and how a blemish is treated can contribute to what type of mark is left behind, which is why prevention is the first step to keeping the skin clear, said Dr. Ramsey Markus, assistant professor of dermatology and director of the Laser Center at BCM.

If more than just regular washing is needed to control acne, some topical or oral medications can be given. Markus also uses laser or light therapies to target the glands that are responsible for developing blemishes.

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