Vanguard Dermatology

Dermatologists located throughout New York, NY

Acne is often associated with puberty and adolescence, but you may still have acne well into adulthood. Regardless of your age, if you’re troubled by pimples, blackheads, whiteheads, and other forms of acne, contact the experts at Vanguard Dermatology. With seven offices located in New York City, Brooklyn, Forest Hills, and Staten Island, New York, the team at Vanguard Dermatology can serve anyone in New York City. Call the practice or schedule an appointment online today.

Acne Q & A

What is Acne?

Pimples, zits, or acne, no matter what you call it, acne is a skin disorder caused by excessive sebum production in your skin. Sebum is one of the oils produced by glands in your skin to keep it moisturized and supple. However, when there’s too much sebum on your skin, it can get trapped in your pores with dead skin cells and other debris.

If bacteria are trapped in your pores as well, they cause inflammation, which in turn causes the red, swollen pimples and cysts that mar your skin. While acne isn’t dangerous, it can make you feel self-conscious about your appearance or cause scarring.

What Causes Acne?

There are plenty of old wives’ tales about the causes of acne including greasy food or cosmetics. However, in most cases, your hormones trigger the abundance of sebum that leads to acne. The surging and fluctuating hormones of puberty and adolescence are the reason why so many teenagers have problem skin.

In addition to your hormones, your stress levels and diet can also contribute to acne. While greasy food doesn’t cause acne, dairy products, and starchy carbohydrates can trigger an acne flare-up. Certain medications that contain corticosteroids, testosterone, or lithium can also lead to breakouts.

How is Acne Treated?

The doctors at Vanguard Dermatology provide customized treatment for acne to address your specific concerns. For example, they can prescribe special cleansers, toners, moisturizers, and other skin care treatments to reduce the bacteria and sebum on your skin.

Your doctor may prescribe oral medication such as Accutane® to control your acne. They also offer photodynamic therapy, which kills off the bacteria on your skin. You might also benefit from mild chemical peels that help exfoliate your skin and reduce bacteria.

If you have acne scarring, the doctors at Vanguard Dermatology can provide chemical peels, microdermabrasion, and other cosmetic treatments including dermal filler injections to reduce any scars left by acne.

Can I Prevent Acne?

You can reduce your risk of acne by keeping your skin clean and moisturized with products suited for your skin type. You should also avoid touching your face or picking or popping your pimples at home.

You can also have regular facials and professional skin care treatments to help your skin stay healthy and look its best.

If you’re concerned about acne, call Vanguard Dermatology today or book an appointment and start your journey toward clear, healthy skin.