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Acne Therapy in Fargo

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Altaire Clinic is here to help you with your acne needs from teenage years throughout adulthood. Acne can be very frustrating and acne management can be difficult without the help of an experienced and knowledgeable provider at Altaire. We offer a variety of acne treatments and take a severity-based approach that will address your specific needs depending on your age, the condition of your skin, the severity of your acne, and the type of acne. We know how embarrassing acne breakouts can be for our patients, and how challenging it can be to find the right treatment that can keep acne under control.

Call us today to set up your medical appointment as your first step towards looking and feeling your best.

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A More Effective Approach To Acne Treatment

There are numerous prescriptive options to treat acne. Topical medications, oral medications (including Accutane), and hormone stabilization are all utilized at Altaire to help you achieve your best results. We also offer the latest cosmetic treatments in acne therapy, including Forever Clear BBL.

A Safe Effective Solution For Acne-Prone Skin

Forever Clear BBL™ laser therapy brings hope if you’re struggling to control active acne or suffering from the effects of acne scarring on your face or body. Acne affects an estimated 25% of all adults and nearly 50% of all adult women due to hormonal changes occurring as a result of pregnancy, added life stress, and the fluctuating hormone balances characteristic of pre-menopause.


At Altaire, our medical team  may recommend topical acne treatments in addition to other types of acne therapy. Topical medications, which are applied directly to the skin, contain powerful acne-fighting ingredients. Some types of topicals can be purchased over the counter, while others are only available by prescription. In many cases, a provider can diagnose acne at your first appointment. This will allow you to begin treatment the same day.

Your provider at Altaire can explain the different medications available, how these treatments work, and how to apply them correctly.

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Over The Counter Topical Treatments For Acne

There are many topical products available to treat mild acne or moderate acne, but in many cases, a topical treatment for severe acne, such as inflammatory acne lesions, will require more effective therapies and/or prescription medication.

Benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid are the two most common active ingredients in over-the-counter acne topical medications. These medications can be effective for many people, but the best application regimen and dose will vary depending on whether a patient has dry skin or oily skin and where breakouts occur.

Salicylic acid will open pores and encourage new skin cell growth, while benzoyl peroxide contains antibacterial properties. In some cases, salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide may be used together, in varying concentrations. Your medical provider will recommend treatment based on a patient’s acne symptoms and skin type.



Topical retinoids are related to vitamin A and can treat acne by preventing oily buildup and by keeping the pores clear. Topical retinoids can be very effective for the treatment of acne but must be applied correctly to prevent possible side effects. Side effects of topical retinoids can include peeling or dry skin, and sensitivity to sunlight. A dermatology provider can suggest how to avoid these side effects, how often the medication should be applied, and how much product to use.


Another treatment option for acne therapy is antibiotic creams. Antibiotics for acne should target bacterial infections that underly acne breakouts and can also treat painful pimples, inflamed skin, and redness. Since antibiotics do not clear pores, your provider may often prescribe antibiotics in combination with topical retinoids or over-the-counter benzoyl peroxide creams.

Topical antibiotic creams and topical retinoids are most effective when used on papules, pustules, whiteheads, and blackheads. Topical antibiotic medication may not be as effective for persistent nodules and cystic lesions.

Our medical providers at Altaire Clinic are able to prescribe medications when needed. Certain medications may be recommended to achieve results quicker.

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Oral Medications

There are other options besides topical therapy. Oral antibiotics are great to help decrease acute flares. They are typically utilized for a short period of time, get the acne under control, and then wean off the med.

Spironolactone is another great way to treat hormonal type acne. This product works by blocking the androgen receptors and decreasing oil production in the skin.

Accutane is considered when a patient has severe acne. Scarring is easier to prevent than to treat. If your acne is at the point that it is deep, cystic, and causing scars, then accutane might be the best option. We do suggest trying other ways to control your acne before going towards accutane. Due to the severe risks associated with pregnancy, accutane prescriptions do require registration with the I Pledge Program. This program was designed to prevent the risk of pregnancy while on this medication.

Call Altaire Clinic today to see which medication approach is best for you.

Scar Treatments

If you already have scarring present, laser resurfacing is the most effective way to achieve your desired results. The treatments will help the skin remodeling to generate new collagen formation. Treatment will plump your skin in scarred and pitted areas and smooth your skin’s imperfections. These lasers are aggressive and do require down time. We do suggest that your acne is under control before doing any treatment for scars.

Most acne scars sit deep within the skin layers. Topical products and facials are rarely effective in achieving desired results. Contact Altaire Clinic today to learn how you can start the journey of erasing those unwanted scars.

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Contact The Altaire Clinic Today To Schedule A Consultation

At Altaire Clinic we can customize your treatment plan with effective acne therapies, cosmetic procedures, skincare regimens, and prescription medications, if needed, for long-lasting results. Contact us today to schedule your medical consultation.

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Acne Therapy Frequently Asked Questions

Do I Need To Stop My Medication To Have This Done?

No, please bring a list of the medications you are on so that we can make sure your treatment plan is optimized.

I Want My Skin To Look Good For A Special Event, When Should I Start My Acne Treatments?

The sooner the better. Ideally, we want to start your laser treatments at least 3 months before a special event.

What Areas Can Be Treated?

Forever Clear is generally an effective, comfortable, fast, and safe treatment. Most areas of your body can be treated. The most common treatment areas where acne is found include the face, chest, and back.

How Long Does The BBL Treatment Take?

Your treatment can take as little as 15 minutes, depending on the area you are looking to treat. You can expect to see an improvement after just one treatment, but treatment time and the total number of treatments needed vary from patient to patient.

Is The BBL Treatment Uncomfortable?

The procedure is non-invasive and typically gentle and safe. Generally, there is no need for a topical anesthetic, however, your provider may choose to use it depending on your needs.

What Should I Expect After The BBL Treatment?

You may experience some redness that should resolve within a few hours. Consult your provider if it does not. Your treated skin will look clearer and pores will be less noticeable. Your provider will provide more information on what to expect as well as give you an aftercare plan to follow that will involve avoiding direct sun exposure and using sunscreen.

What Is The Recovery Time?

There is typically no downtime. Most patients can wear make-up and resume normal activities immediately. Please follow your provider’s aftercare plan until the skin is completely healed – typically about one week after the treatment.

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We encourage you to book a consultation, so one of our providers can personally discuss your needs and recommend the procedures best suited to your lifestyle. Contact us by phone or use the convenient form below so you can reach your ultimate health, wellness, & beauty goals.