Acne Specialist

Lower Highlands Dermatology

Dermatologists located in Denver, CO

Whether you’re 16 or 36, dealing with an acne breakout is never fun. At Lower Highlands Dermatology in Denver, the professional skin care team can help reduce your acne for good. Board-certified dermatologist Catherine Carretero, MD and nurse practitioner Maggie Catalano combine a variety of treatments to help clear your skin and boost your confidence. To learn more or schedule your initial consultation, call Lower Highlands Dermatology today. You can even book your appointment online.

Acne Q&A

Lower Highlands Dermatology

What is acne?

Acne is the common term for the inflammatory skin response that includes the formation of pimples, blackheads, and whiteheads. Acne isn't just a breakout consisting of a few pimples, but a condition that develops over time and lingers on your skin.

If you have acne, you may experience clogged pores that manifest as blackheads or whiteheads. You may also have an excessive amount of oil, or sebum, buildup on the skin. In more extreme cases, you may develop papules or pustules, inflamed pores that form irritated bumps filled with pus.

In extreme cases of acne, you may also have nodules on your skin. These red and painful bumps often lead to scarring.

What causes acne?

Regardless of the urban legends surrounding acne, poor hygiene or eating greasy foods rarely cause it. In most cases, acne results when there is an overproduction of sebum, the natural oil created by your hair follicles.

Sebum travels up the hair follicle, gathering dead skin cells along the way. When the production of sebum increases, the excessive oil clogs your pores, becoming trapped underneath the skin. This excessive production of sebum is often related to hormonal imbalances, such as during puberty and pregnancy.

The situation can worsen when the P. acne bacteria overproduces on your skin. This bacteria multiplies quickly and inflames pores, causing cysts and nodules.

How is acne treated?

At Lower Highlands Dermatology, Dr. Carretero and Maggie treat acne in a variety of ways. For those with mild acne, they may recommend over-the-counter products containing benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid to reduce oil production and decrease the level of bacteria on your skin.

In more severe cases, Dr. Carretero may prescribe a topical medication. She may opt for a bacteria-killing ointment or an oil-reducing cream. The medication may include a retinoid, benzoyl peroxide, antibiotic, or salicylic acid.

Because of the time it takes your skin to repair and heal, it can take 4-8 weeks to see significant improvements in your acne. Once your acne has improved, you may still need regular skincare and treatments to keep breakouts and acne at bay.


To learn more about acne treatments or schedule your appointment, call the office or book your initial consultation online.