SkinSmart Dermatology | Dermatologist in Sarasota, FL 34243 (SRQ)


According to the American Academy of Dermatology, acne is the most common skin condition in the United States. More than 50 million people have acne at least once in their lifetime. It is not only teenagers who suffer from unsightly pimples, blemishes, breakouts and red, irritated skin. A growing number of women and men in their 30s, 40s, 50s and beyond are also affected. At SkinSmart Dermatology® we offer a range of effective options for acne treatment in Sarasota.

Healthy, beautiful skin begins at SkinSmart Dermatology®Request a consultation or call our office in Sarasota at (941) 308-7546.

About Acne

Acne begins with dead skin cells. Normally, these cells are shed as they rise to the surface of the pore. However, when the body starts to make lots of sebum (oil), the dead skin cells can stick together inside the pore where they become trapped and create a breeding ground for bacteria. The bacterial infection leads to inflammation, giving acne its red appearance. If the inflammation goes deep into the skin, an acne cyst or nodule appears.

Uncontrolled acne can leave dark marks and permanent acne scars. If acne is treated early, before cysts and nodules develop, these scars can be prevented.

Meet Dr. Callahan

Dr. Callahan has been named a Castle Connolly Top Doctor for 2019. This is her ninth consecutive year as a Top Doctor. SkinSmart Dermatology offers four experienced and certified medical dermatological providers to serve the SW Florida area. Call today to schedule your appointment!

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Acne Treatments

By examining your skin, SkinSmart Dermatology providers can determine whether you suffer from acne or from another skin condition that can be confused with it, such as rosacea. While there are many effective treatments for acne, not all of them will work for every case. People who are interested in acne treatment from Bradenton, Brandon, Lakewood Ranch and other Southwest Florida communities depend on us to help them find treatments that work. Possibilities include:

  • Over-the-counter products containing benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid
  • Prescription topical medications
  • Antibiotics, which reduce inflammation
  • Birth control pills, which can be effective for females whose hormones are contributing to their acne
  • Isotretinoin, which is reserved for acne that does not respond to other treatments

To help with active acne and acne scars, we may also recommend other treatments.

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