Acne Specialist

Samuel J. Pruden, MD, FACS, FAAD -  - Dermatology


Samuel J. Pruden, MD, FACS, FAAD

Dermatology located in Lexington, KY

Acne is expected during your teen years. However, breakouts continue to appear up to the age of 30 and are increasingly found in women in their 50’s. Dr. Samuel Pruden at SkinMD specializes in treating teen and adult acne, offering customized treatment to heal your breakouts, restore your complexion, and prevent future blemishes. You can also get laser treatments to diminish residual scarring. To schedule an appointment, use the online booking tool or call the office in Lexington, Kentucky.

Acne Q & A

What causes acne?

Acne begins when oil glands in your skin produce excess oil, a problem that’s often triggered by hormonal changes at adolescence.

Since these glands are located deep inside hair follicles, the extra oil backs up, then becomes clogged when skin cells at the surface block the follicle’s opening. When this happens, blemishes form.

Acne worsens when bacteria that normally thrive on your skin are mixed in with the oil. In this case, your blemish becomes inflamed and swollen.

Are there different types of acne?

Many people think of acne as a typical red pimple, but acne refers to different types of blemishes, such as:

  • Blackheads and whiteheads (clogged pores)
  • Papules (small pimples)
  • Pustules (small, pus-filled pimples)
  • Nodules (large pimples that are often painful)
  • Cysts (deep bumps that are painful and contain pus)

When should you get help with acne?

You may clear up a mild case of acne with your favorite over-the-counter product, but it’s important to see Dr. Pruden if your acne doesn’t improve, worsens, or becomes swollen. He can help restore your complexion and, more importantly, prevent complications like scarring, skin discoloration, and cellulitis.

If you’re an adult with ongoing breakouts, you may not even have acne. Rosacea is a disorder that often causes acne-like bumps. Topical acne medications may worsen rosacea, so don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment when adult acne persists.

How is acne treated?

Gentle, yet effective skincare goes a long way toward preventing and treating acne. Dr. Pruden can recommend the best products and skincare routine for your age and skin type.

Some patients benefit from a chemical peel, while others might have an underlying hormone imbalance that needs treatment. A deep cyst may need to be drained or removed.

Dr. Pruden always customizes acne treatment for each patient, but many require medications, such as:

  • Topical medications to relieve inflammation and kill bacteria
  • Oral antibiotics
  • Accutane

After your acne is healed, Dr. Pruden offers laser treatment using the advanced Icon™ Aesthetic System to minimize acne scars.

Whether you suffer from mild or severe acne, you can achieve a clear complexion with professional care at SkinMD. Simply call or use the online booking tool to schedule an appointment.