Patients often visit our New York City, Queens, Long Island, Westchester and New Jersey offices in search of treatment for their acne. Although acne is especially prevalent during the teenage years, acne can occur at any age. Acne can occur anywhere on the body, typically affecting the face, back, neck and chest. While acne is not indicative of any serious health conditions, its undesirable appearance is a source of great distress. A multitude of acne treatment options are available today, so come in for a consultation if you are experiencing acne.
Acne occurs when hair follicles become clogged with oil and dead skin cells, causing pimples to appear. Puberty is one common cause of acne, as its associated hormonal changes may lead to excessive oil production beneath the skin. The hormonal changes that occur during pregnancy and menstruation are also known to cause acne. Certain medications, including corticosteroids, are known to cause acne. Diet also plays a role in the occurrence of acne, as studies suggest a link between diets high in dairy and/or carbohydrates and acne.
When you come in for our acne consultation, your dermatologist will examine your skin. You will be asked how long you have had acne and whether you have tried any treatments yet. Certain skin care products may cause acne, so let your dermatologist know of all the skin care products you regularly use. If an underlying condition is suspected to be causing your acne, additional testing may be necessary.
Today there are many options for acne treatment. Some patients may benefit from topical treatments such as benzoyl peroxide, tretinoin, tazarotene, or adapalene. Isoretinoin is very effective at treating stubborn, cystic acne. Women may find that oral contraceptives improves their acne. Laser and light therapies reduce the oil associated with acne formation. Many other treatment options exist; your dermatologist will determine the best option for your specific case after an examination and thorough review of your medical history.
If you or your loved one is suffering from acne, contact us today to schedule a consultation and learn your options. At Advanced Dermatology, PC, our board-certified dermatologists are experts at treating acne on individuals of all ages. For your convenience, we have offices in Queens, Manhattan, Brooklyn, Long Island, Westchester and New Jersey. We look forward to meeting you.
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