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Acne services offered in Missoula, MT

No one likes to have acne or especially the scars it can leave behind. Both can significantly affect your self-confidence. At Missoula Wellness & Medspa in Missoula, Montana, board-certified Lisa Pacheco, DO, has the expertise and experience to treat your acne and related skin problems. Call the friendly office staff or book your appointment online today.


Acne Q & A

What causes acne?

Many factors play a role in the development of acne. It can occur from hormonal fluctuations in your body, high stress levels, or the buildup of dead skin cells clogging your pores. In addition, certain types of bacteria on your skin might lead to infection.

Acne can develop on your:

  • Face
  • Neck
  • Chest
  • Back
  • Shoulders

If you have oily skin, you’re more prone to an acne breakout if you don’t keep your skin clean. That’s why Dr. Pacheco recommends cleansing your skin often to wash away the excess oil and dead skin cells to stop bacteria from thriving on your skin and reduce acne.

How are acne and acne scars treated?

Chemical peels provide one of the most effective ways to treat your acne and improve the appearance of acne scarring. 

The procedure sloughs off dead skin cells from the outermost layer of your skin and promotes cellular turnover, revealing fresh, acne-free skin below. The treatment also unclogs your pores and stimulates new collagen growth to help tighten your skin. 

If you have menopausal acne, Dr. Pacheco offers prescription medications, gentle cleansers, topical treatments, and natural therapies. 

Dr. Pacheco can also determine the root cause of your acne. She may recommend lifestyle changes that can improve your skin, such as improving your diet, exercising regularly, getting good rest, and drinking plenty of replenishing fluids. 

She can help identify triggers that cause your acne and treat you accordingly.

How can acne be prevented?

During your consultation, Dr. Pacheco offers guidance on how to prevent acne. In addition to taking care of your body, she recommends using proper skincare to keep your skin clean and free of excess oil and debris. 

Avoid oil-based makeup and excessive amounts of moisturizer. You should also wash your face once in the morning and at night. Be careful not to scrub affected areas or use harsh soaps. Dr. Pacheco can recommend the right skincare products for you.

You should also use gentle cleansers to keep your skin clean without damaging it. Don’t pick or scratch your acne or acne-prone areas to avoid scarring.

If your acne results from hormone fluctuations, it might be more difficult to prevent. However, Dr. Pacheco can offer several solutions to keep it under control.

To learn more about getting the optimal treatment for your acne and acne scars, call Missoula Wellness & Medspa or book your consultation online today.