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Acne occurs when the hair follicles are blocked with dead skin cells and oil, causing skin eruptions, including whiteheads, blackheads, pimples, and inflamed cysts. Although it is most prevalent in teenagers, acne vulgaris is a common skin that may continue—or even begin—in adulthood.
While many people are prone to skin breakouts from time to time, acne is a persistent condition that may require specialist intervention—especially if it is moderate or severe. At Advanced Dermatology PC, we provide diagnostics and an extensive range of treatments for acne in Summit and the surrounding areas.
Acne is a common skin condition that can affect anyone of any age at any time. In fact, up to 50 million Americans are affected by acne each year. It is most prevalent in teenagers when the sebaceous glands become active in puberty. The sebaceous glands produce oils that protect the skin from friction and make it resistant to moisture. They are stimulated by male hormones which are produced in both males and females by the adrenal glands.
Causes of acne may include:
Treatments for acne vary and depend on how severe your condition is. Our dermatologists offer a range of treatments to patients in New Jersey to help keep skin breakouts under control. If you are upset by pimples and they are affecting your self-esteem, schedule an appointment with us so we can take a look and start you on the appropriate treatment to clear your skin.
Acne may be remedied with prescription or topical medication applied to the skin. Treatments may take the form of lotions, ointments, creams, gels, soaps, and cleansers and under the guidance of your dermatologist can improve your acne significantly.
Topical medications may include Benzoyl Peroxide to reduce oil production and Sulfur or Resorcinol to reduce whiteheads and blackheads. Salicylic Acid also helps to diminish whiteheads and blackheads by helping the skin to shed dead skills to keep pores from clogging up. Prescription medications include antibiotics to reduce inflammation and prohibit bacterial growth and vitamin A to unblock skin papules.
Corticosteroids may be injected into inflamed cysts by our dermatologists to reduce the size quickly and prevent rupturing, which may cause scarring. Cysts will begin to break down within days, speeding up the healing process.
Acne scarring may be a problem in severe cases of acne. Fortunately, advances in cosmetic dermatology have produced effective treatments to smooth the skin and minimize acne scars. Such treatments should only be performed by dermatologists who have the expertise to know what will be most beneficial for your particular circumstances.
The dermatologists in our Summit Office are highly skilled and able to provide customized treatments to help resurface the skin. These include microdermabrasion, chemical peels, and laser skin resurfacing.
If you have concerns about acne or acne scars, get in touch with our dermatologists in Summit, New Jersey, and schedule an appointment for clearer, brighter skin.