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Department of Dermatology

Department of Dermatology

Medical Dermatology - Acne

Medical Dermatology

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Overview

Acne vulgaris is a multifactorial disease of the pilosebaceous unit (which includes the hair follicle and sebaceous gland). Although much is known about acne, more about its exact cause continues to be discovered.  Many variants of acne exist: comedonal and inflammatory acne vulgaris; acne fulminan; acne conglobata; acne excoriée; drug-induced acne; chloracne; and infantile acne.

The UC Davis Department of Dermatology offers a number of proven treatment options for individuals with acne.  The treatments can be divided into topical, systemic and other therapies. 

For more information on our services or to schedule an appointment, please call 916-734-6111 or 800-770-9282.

Treatments

The treatment of acne requires a multifaceted approach that can involve the use of both topical and systemic therapies.

Topical therapies offered include

  • Antibiotics (such as clindamycin)
  • Retinoids (such as  tretinoin or Retin-A, tazarotene)
  • Salicylic acid 
  • Azelaic acid

Systemic therapies offered include

  • Antibiotics
  • Oral contraceptives
  • Spironolactone
  • Isotretinoin (previously known as Accutane)

Other therapies offered include

  • Comedone extraction
  • Intralesional steroid injection 
  • Laser 

For secondary scarring

  • Dermabrasion
  • Laser resurfacing

For more information on our services or to schedule an appointment, please call 916-734-6111 or 800-770-9282.

Providers

Dr. Burrall

Barbara Burrall, M.D.

Associate Clinical Professor of Dermatology and Director of Pigmented Lesions Clinic

Melanoma, pigmented lesions, general dermatology

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