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Acne Care and Treatment

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Why Choose Treatment for Acne at University of Colorado Hospital?

The dermatologists and staff at University of Colorado Hospital are trained to diagnose and treat all skin conditions, including acne.

UCH provides the highest levels of nonsurgical and surgical treatment using the latest techniques. Our nurses are certified in dermatology, surgery and wound care, helping ensure the best in patient care.

What is Acne?

Acne affects about 17 million Americans, most of them between the ages of 12 and 24. It is not dangerous, but it can affect personal appearance. It can be treated with medications that are applied to the skin or taken by mouth.

Tests & Treatments


Your doctor closely examines your skin to diagnose acne and its severity.



Treatments for acne include:


  • Antibiotics taken by mouth or applied to the skin to control the growth of bacteria.
  • Synthetic forms of vitamin A (retinoids) taken by mouth or applied to the skin. The retinoid Accutane is a powerful oral drug used to treat very severe cases of acne. Pregnant women must avoid Accutane because it can cause birth defects.
  • Prescription formulas of chemicals such as benzoyl peroxide.
  • Sunlight. However, sun exposure must be limited as it can damage the skin and even lead to skin cancer.


Your Medical Team

University of Colorado Hospital takes a team approach to acne care. Doctors and nurses blend their skills to provide the most appropriate care for each patient.


Acne Specialists

    • Dermatologist – a doctor trained in the diagnosis and treatment of skin changes and diseases.
    • Internist – A doctor who treats diseases and conditions in adults.
    • Family medicine doctor – A doctor trained to treat your entire family.


Other Acne Staff

    • Registered nurse – a nurse who sees clinic patients, conducts medical evaluations, takes patient histories and provides after care for patients with skin conditions.
    • Dietitian – a specialist in the effects of nutrition and food preparation on the body.

Patient Education

Living with Acne

f you have acne, it is important to keep your skin clean. You should also avoid touching the blemishes because this can spread bacteria. Skin care steps include:

  • Keeping your skin clean during the day with a mild soap
  • Shampooing your hair daily
  • Avoiding rubbing or scratching pimples
  • Using water-based skin creams
  • Removing makeup at night

Getting a Second Opinion About Acne

The doctors and staff of the Dermatology team at University of Colorado Hospital are happy to provide second opinions for patients in the community.


Additional Allergy Resources

American Academy of Dermatology