There are no surgeries to treat acne.
Photodynamic therapy (PDT) and other light and laser-based therapies are being used to treat acne. These include the use of blue light, red light, intense pulsed light (IPL), infrared or pulsed dye lasers. Sometimes these therapies are used along with medicines, but they may also help people who cannot be treated with medicines.
Your doctor may suggest other types of therapies to treat acne or acne scars.
What to think about
Doctors no longer use X-rays or ultraviolet light (from a sunlamp) to treat acne. These treatments may have more risks than benefits.
Other Places To Get Help
|American Academy of Dermatology|
|P.O. Box 4014|
|Schaumburg, IL 60168|
|Phone: ||1-866-503-SKIN (1-866-503-7546) toll-free|
|Fax: ||(847) 240-1859|
|Web Address: ||www.aad.org|
The American Academy of Dermatology provides information about the care of skin, hair, and nails. You can locate a dermatologist in your area by using their "Find a Dermatologist" tool at www.aad.org/find-a-derm.
|American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS)|
|310 South Henry Street|
|Alexandria, VA 22314|
|Phone: ||1-800-332-FACE (1-800-332-3223)|
|Web Address: ||www.aafprs.org|
The American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS) is the world's largest association of facial plastic and reconstructive surgeons and is dedicated to the highest quality of facial plastic and reconstructive surgery. It offers information to the public on facial plastic surgery and can help you locate a certified surgeon in your area. Most members are board-certified in otorhinolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat specialty), dermatology, plastic surgery, or ophthalmology.
|American Society For Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS)|
|5550 Meadowbrook Drive|
|Rolling Meadows, IL 60008|
|Fax: ||(847) 956-0999|
|Web Address: ||www.asds.net|
The American Society for Dermatologic Surgery was founded in 1970 to promote excellence in the subspecialty of dermatologic surgery and to foster the highest standards of patient care. Information on the treatment of skin conditions and referral lists are available online and through the ASDS toll-free hotline. The hotline is open during weekday business hours (Central standard time).
|National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS), National Institutes of Health |
|1 AMS Circle|
|Bethesda, MD 20892-3675|
|Phone: ||1-877-22-NIAMS (1-877-226-4267) toll-free|
|Phone: ||(301) 495-4484|
|Fax: ||(301) 718-6366|
|TDD: ||(301) 565-2966|
|Web Address: ||www.niams.nih.gov|
The National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS) is a governmental institute that serves the public and health professionals by providing information, locating other information sources, and participating in a national federal database of health information. NIAMS supports research into the causes, treatment, and prevention of arthritis and musculoskeletal and skin diseases and supports the training of scientists to carry out this research.
The NIAMS website provides health information referrals to the NIAMS Clearinghouse, which has information packages about diseases.