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Acne services offered in Groton, CT


Acne is a common skin condition, but not one you need to let run its course. At Integrated Dermatology of Groton in Groton, Connecticut, Robert Ecker, MD, FAAD, Luanne Hespeler, MPAS,PA-C, and Christopher Thompson, MPAS, PA-C, treat acne in people of all ages, providing individualized care to improve the look and health of your skin. Call the office today to schedule an appointment for expert acne care.

Acne Q & A

What causes acne?

Acne causes blemishes on the skin when you have clogged pores. Your blocked pores may cause different types of acne, such as:

  • Blackheads
  • Whiteheads
  • Pimples (pus-filled blemishes)
  • Nodules
  • Cysts

These blemishes occur because of an overproduction of oil that builds up with dead skin cells in the pore. Bacteria from the skin’s surface falls into the pore and flourish in the warm, moist environment, creating a blemish.

Acne may affect skin on any area of the body but most often occurs on the face, back, chest, and buttocks. 

I’m an adult. Why do I have acne?

Acne affects all ages, including infants, children, teens, and adults. The team at Integrated Dermatology of Groton treats prepubescent, adolescent, and adult acne.

Hormone changes are one of the underlying causes of acne. Before and during puberty, hormone levels change, causing oil glands to enlarge and produce excess oil. 

Hormonal changes during the menstrual cycle, premenopause, and menopause may also affect skin oil production, leading to acne.

When should I see a dermatologist for acne?

You should schedule an appointment with the dermatology experts at Integrated Dermatology of Groton if you have concerns that your acne isn't clearing up with at-home care. There’s never a wrong time to get professional help for acne.

Different types of acne respond to different treatments. Your at-home regimen may not clear up your blemishes because it’s not the right medication for your type of acne. When left untreated, acne may lead to acne scars.

The team examines your skin, discusses your at-home skin care routine, and reviews your medical history.

What treatments can help my acne?

Treatment for your acne depends on the type and severity of your condition. Initially, the team may recommend over-the-counter (OTC) cleansers and acne treatments to improve the look of your skin. 

If your acne is moderate to severe, they may recommend:

  • Prescription topical creams
  • Topical or oral antibiotics
  • Medical facials
  • Isotretinoin (prescription medication to shrink oil glands)
  • Contraceptives
  • Hormone therapy
  • Chemical peels
  • Laser therapy

Integrated Dermatology of Groton also provides treatments for acne scars, including laser therapy and microneedling.

Call Integrated Dermatology of Groton today for a comprehensive approach to acne care.