Acne services located in Salida and Gunnison, CO

Acne isn’t a rite of passage or a skin condition you need to let run its course. Sheree Beddingfield, PA-C, Sascha Anastas, PA-C, and Janelle Wolek, APRN, at Salida Dermatology in their locations in Salida and Gunnison, Colorado, recommend getting professional help for your acne to limit or prevent the physical and emotional scars that come with the common skin condition. Call the office today or schedule your acne consultation online.

Acne Q&A

What causes acne?

Acne occurs when you have a buildup of skin oil (sebum) in your hair follicles (pores) that prevents the shedding of dead skin cells. Bacteria from the surface of your skin may fall into the pore, get trapped, and multiply, leading to inflammation and the tell-tale acne blemishes. 

Acne is a common skin condition that affects people of all ages, including infants, children, teens, and adults. Though acne can resolve with at-home care, it can also damage the skin and cause acne scars.

Getting professional help for your acne at Salida Dermatology, whether mild or severe, may prevent this type of damage and help you get clear skin sooner rather than later. 

What are the types of acne?

Acne comes in many forms. The type of acne you have plays a role in determining the treatment best suited for you. Acne types include:


Fungal acne

Fungal acne occurs due to a yeast buildup in the hair follicle, causing red, itchy blemishes. 


Cystic acne

Cystic acne is a severe type of acne that causes pus-filled pimples that travel into the deeper layers of the skin. This type of acne can cause scarring when left untreated.


Hormonal acne

Changes in hormones trigger an overproduction of sebum, leading to acne. Hormonal acne is common during puberty. Hormones also play a role in the type of acne that affects adult women.


Nodular acne

Nodular acne causes large, hard, and painful pus-filled cysts that affect both the surface of your skin and the deep layers. 

Any of these types of acne can last for a long time, affecting your physical and emotional well-being. 

What can I do to get rid of acne?

Many effective treatments can help you get rid of acne. However, it’s important to note that any acne treatment takes time to work.

Initially, you can try over-the-counter (OTC) topical agents for your acne. If these products fail to improve your skin or you have severe, painful acne, it’s time to schedule an appointment at Salida Dermatology.

Professional treatment for acne may include:

  • Prescription skin ointments
  • Topical or oral antibiotics
  • Hormone therapy
  • Isotretinoin (oral retinoid medication that shrinks oil glands)

Salida Dermatology also offers cosmetic services for acne and acne scars, including chemical peels and intense pulsed light (IPL) therapy.

To get help with your acne, call Salida Dermatology or schedule an appointment online today.