Acne Treatment

Acne Treatments

Amazed at the Progress!

“I was struggling with a year-long case of cystic acne and truly believed I was out of options . . . until I began to work with Dr. Crutchfield. Dealing with acne that was not only embarrassing but physically painful, I am amazed at the progress the treatment he prescribed has allowed me to make. I am unbelievably pleased with the end result and highly recommend him to anyone suffering from severe acne. He is extremely knowledgeable, understanding and overall awesome!” -- Amanda P.

Peace of Mind I Searched for for Years!

“I could not be more pleased with my skin! After battling for years with acne, I look back and wonder why I didn't start seeing Dr. Crutchfield sooner. He was so encouraging during my treatment process and has become a huge blessing in my life. He had provided me with peace of mind that I had been searching for for years. I am extremely thankful that I came to Crutchfield Dermatology!” -- Natalie P.

Get Rid of Acne & Have Clear Skin

We offer the best Acne treatment in Minnesota for all skin types. From mild to severe cases, Adult Acne, teenage skincare, Back Acne, and Baby Acne. We use the latest technological advances to get rid of Acne, pimples, zits & blackheads, using a variety of treatment options including lasers and medication. We will find the best acne clearing remedy/solution to clear up your skin.

Contact us today and take control of your appearance. 651.209.3600

Acne Patient Testimonial

"Dear Dr. Crutchfield, our family is so grateful for the wonderful improvement in Mary's life that you and your kind, sensitive staff have made possible.

As a teenager she became increasingly demoralized, withdrawn and embarrassed with the way her acne made her appear, even though she knew it was not her fault. She hated having her picture taken. We tried every over-the-counter acne product and even ordered a product we saw on TV but nothing helped.

As a patient, you have always welcomed her as a personal friend, encouraged her, and focused on the positive future. And here she is, a few months later, a sophomore in college, with beautiful skin, confident, out-going and ready to take on the world! Our family thanks you and your outstanding staff from the bottom of our hearts for the wonderful job you did at clearing up Mary's acne and letting her true, beautiful personality shine through".
- Grandma Bonnie A., Northfield, MN

About Dr. Charles Crutchfield

Acne skin specialist Charles E. Crutchfield III, M.D. is a graduate of the Mayo Clinic Medical School. Dr. Crutchfield is a Board Certified Dermatologist and Clinical Associate Professor of Dermatology at the University of Minnesota Medical School. Dr. Crutchfield conducts active psoriasis research (he has a Master's Degree in Molecular Biology) and has recently received a United States Patent on one of his psoriasis treatment medications. Dr. Crutchfield lectures locally and nationally on the treatment of psoriasis. When other medical students, dermatology residents and physicians learn about psoriasis, they are often learning it from Dr. Crutchfield. Dr. Crutchfield also treats many physicians and nurses with psoriasis. When other Twin Cities' healthcare providers need psoriasis treatment, they often choose Dr. Crutchfield.
Dr. Crutchfield has been a recipient of Mpls.St.Paul Magazine’s “Top Doctor Award” for the past 10 years.
Now that you know a little bit about Dr. Crutchfield we invite you to take a look at our results. Below are pictures of just a few of the many happy patients we have treated at Crutchfield Dermatology.

Effective Treatments For Acne

At Crutchfield Dermatology we have many effective treatments for acne, including the Aramis Laser treatment. We will design an acne-clearing program that’s just right for you, just as Dr. Crutchfield did for his patients featured here.

Schedule an appointment today. Our goal is to make you look good and feel great with beautiful skin.

Acne Vulgaris

is the term for pimples and complexion problems that trouble many young people. Pimples occur mainly on the face, but they may often involve the neck, chest, back, and upper arms. Acne is only a skin problem and has nothing to do with your general health.

What Causes Acne

Acne is caused by the oil glands in the skin breaking open. At adolescence, the oil glands in the skin start producing an oily material called sebum. Sebum is discharged under the skin surface. Sometimes the wall of the oil gland breaks and spills the sebum within the skin. The sebum irritates the skin tissues and causes redness and swelling, in other words, a pimple. Complicating this picture are plugged oil glands. These are commonly known as blackheads and whiteheads. Blackheads are not caused by dirt. Removing blackheads will prevent pimples. Topical medicines that contain vitamin A products (like Retin-A, Differin, and Tazorac) are agents that are particularly effective in treating whiteheads and blackheads. The medical term for blackheads is open comedones and the medical term for whiteheads is closed comedones. In mild acne, only a few oil glands break open. In severe acne, many break open. How easily oil glands do this seems to be the result of genetics. Acne runs in families. It is impossible to prevent acne, since there is no way to change the way oil glands act in the skin and what the tendency is to form clogged pores.

Age & Acne

Acne usually begins in a mild form in the teen years. It gradually worsens and after a time improves. How long you have acne is impossible to predict. Acne gets worse and improves by itself. There is usually no explanation for these ups and downs. Do not assume that because your acne gets worse you have done something wrong. And, if you acne gets better briefly, it may not have happened because of anything you have done recently. In women, acne frequently worsens about the time of their menstrual cycle.

Skin Hygiene

Dirt does not cause acne, despite what you may have been told. The oil on the skin surface does no harm. Special soaps, astringents, abrasives, and acne cleansers are a waste of money. Your face should be washed with a gentle nondetergent cleansing bar and plain water only as much as you need to keep it clean. Too much washing and scrubbing of the skin can cause irritation and make the acne situation much worse. Although some think cleanliness may be next to godliness, it does not help acne. Do not pick, squeeze, or otherwise manipulate your pimples, as this can cause long-term scars.

Diet & Acne

Foods do not cause acne. Many persons try all sorts of diets and are frustrated because these do not help. In some people, certain foods may make acne worse. The most common foods are chocolate, nuts, and cola drinks. A few people who drink large quantities of milk (more than one quart per day) may find that this worsens their acne. These trigger factors are rare; however, if you notice any of these foods tend to make your acne worse, you can avoid your personal acne triggers. Aggravation of acne by food varies from person to person. Many patients can eat chocolate without trouble, while others find that even a few pieces of chocolate will produce new pimples. As previously mentioned, if you notice there are certain foods that make your acne condition worse, certainly, avoid these.

Nerves & Acne

Acne is not caused by nerves and worry, but may become worse under stress, such as examinations or pressure at work. These are usually mild, temporary flare-ups. Some persons react to stress by picking, squeezing, or rubbing their pimples, and this will certainly not help and only make the condition worse.


There are many excellent treatments for acne. At Crutchfield Dermatology, we will formulate a specific treatment plan designed for your individual situation. Treatments that we use are topical retinoids, topical antibiotics, other topical medications, oral antibiotics, and the new F.D.A. approved Aramis Laser acne treatment. Crutchfield Dermatology has a specialty acne treatment center, and as you can see from the pictures on our website, we have many excellent treatments for acne. Acne treatment is one of our areas of specialty and expertise.

Additional Crutchfield links for Acne Information:
Acne Saves Dad's Life

American Academy of Dermatology Position Statement on Use of Accutane/Isotretinoin

Patient Testimonials

I just love your skin lightening pads.  After my acne treatments, they have evened out my skin tone and boosted my self esteem 100%.  My mom says I look great!
Tamika D.

I absolutely love the Crutchfield Dermatology acne pads.  Not only did I see a huge reduction of acne, I also saw overall benefit to my entire face.  My skin ‘glows’ now.  I apply the acne pads in the morning before my moisturizer and then apply my makeup.  My oil production stays down during the day and my skin feels clean and fresh.

Angel L.


I wanted to thank you and your clinic for the service and care that you provided me. My decision to see a dermatologost was mainly career driven. I saw it as an investment to feel more confident in meetings and interviews. Well, it seems the treatment plan including the Aramis Laser may have paid off. My skin feels and looks better than I can remember in a long time. Due in no small part to your efforts.

I wanted you to know that you should be proud of the work you do and that you make a difference in people's lives.

Mark G.
St. Paul, Minnesota


Dr. Crutchfield,

The acne treatment you prescribed for absolutely changed my life. I start college this fall and I have so much more self esteem, self confidence, and feel so good about myself I just wanted you to know that what you do for acne sufferers changes lives! Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Aubrey S.
Eagan, Minnesota

Acne News

Aramis Laser
FDA limits the use
of acne drug Isotretinoin
The Pat Miles Show
Accutane use NOT linked to depression
Acne Laser Treatment
Kare 11 television features Dr. Crutchfield as an Acne Treatment Expert. Watch the Video Clip
Abnormal Blood Tests Generally Mild and Reversible During Accutane Treatments

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