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You Don’t Have to Live with Acne — Here’s How to Get Rid of It

Chronic acne can be annoying, frustrating, and even distressing. Acne is an extremely common skin condition, one most of us experience in our lifetimes, but that doesn’t mean you need to accept living with it.

Led by Dr. Carmelo Plateroti, our team at Plateroti Dermatology in Templeton, California, helps patients experiencing mild to severe acne breakouts. If breakouts are negatively impacting your quality of life, here’s what you can do to get rid of your acne for good.

Prevent breakouts

The best treatment for acne is preventing it in the first place. Even if you’re already experiencing acne, you can help prevent future breakouts with a few simple self-care measures.

To minimize unsightly blemishes, wash your face twice a day using a cleanser or soap that’s gentle on the skin. After exercising or otherwise breaking a sweat, wash your face as soon as possible.

If you use a facial moisturizer or cosmetics, switch to oil-free versions. Try to limit your time in the sun, and use sunscreen when you go outside.

Acne treatments

If you’re getting breakouts and don’t know where to turn, our trained team at Plateroti Dermatology works with you to find the best treatment to heal your acne. Options for treating your acne include topical solutions, oral medications, and phototherapy.

Topical solutions

Some acne treatments involve putting a cream, solution, or ointment directly on any pimples or breakout areas. Usually, you apply the topical treatment on a daily basis.

Topical medications for acne include benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, and retinol. By working with our team, you have access to a greater number of medications and levels of medication strength than you would by purchasing an over-the-counter treatment.

Oral medications

In other cases, our team prescribes an oral treatment for your acne. These treatments work by battling the infection or inflammation inside your body that’s causing you to have breakouts.

Depending on the cause or severity of your acne, Dr. Plateroti prescribes antibiotics or specific medications that fight breakouts. Women can also get prescribed brands of oral contraceptives proven to reduce acne.


Phototherapy is light-based acne treatment. The light treatment works by killing bacteria that causes acne and reducing the size of your skin’s oil glands.

Our team offers phototherapy as a minimally invasive outpatient procedure performed at the office. During the procedure, you sit in front of an LED light panel for up to 30 minutes.

Once the treatment is complete, you’re able to go back to your daily routine immediately. You may need to avoid the sun for a few days before and after receiving phototherapy.

We can make you acne-free

If you’re struggling with acne breakouts, our team at Plateroti Dermatology is here to support you. With a variety of treatment options available, we work with you to develop a personalized acne-fighting routine that can clear your skin in no time.

To contact Dr. Plateroti and his team at their San Luis Obispo County practice, call us today or request your appointment online.

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