Acne Specialist

SCN DERMATOLOGY

Dermatology located in New York, NY, Englewood, NJ, & Newark, NJ

Every year, millions of teens and adults attempt to calm and cover up the red bumps and gooey white peaks characteristic of the most common skin condition in the United States: acne. In New York City's Chelsea neighborhood and Englewood and Newark, New Jersey, SCN Dermatology treats mild to severe cases of acne that won’t go away with home care or time. If you’re struggling with acne during or after puberty, call SCN Dermatology to speak with a provider or book an appointment online today.

Acne Q & A

What is acne?

Acne is a common skin condition that is generally harmless but can have a serious impact on your self-esteem. You may have assumed that your days of pimply breakouts ended after puberty, but the condition is becoming increasingly common in adults, too. 

Each of the pores in your skin is connected to an oil gland. The oil from these glands pushes dead skin cells to your skin’s surface. Sometimes, excess oil, dead skin cells, and hair clumps together to form a plug in the pore. Bacteria becomes trapped behind the plug, thus becoming inflamed to form a pimple. 

What does acne look like?

Acne can appear in many forms with varying symptoms. If you have an acne breakout, you may get one or more of these forms of blemishes:

  • Whiteheads: Pimples with white tops
  • Blackheads: Pimples with black tops
  • Cysts: Deep pockets of pus
  • Nodules: Large tender bumps deep in your skin
  • Papules: Tender pink bumps
  • Pustules: Pimples with pus at the top

Some of these types of pimples bleed easily while others seem to leak oil or pus. They’re usually the most bothersome on your face, but they can also appear on your back, chest, shoulders, or buttocks.

Am I at risk of getting acne?

The true cause of acne is unknown, but there are a few risk factors that can predict your likelihood of breaking out. 

These factors can kickstart or worsen a case of acne:

  • Hormone changes (e.g. puberty, pregnancy)
  • Certain medications
  • Genetics
  • Greasy makeup
  • Pollution
  • Humidity
  • Stress
  • Popping or picking at pimples

Acne is most common in preteens and teenagers, but you can get it at any age. Despite the many myths about what causes acne, you’re not likely to worsen a breakout by eating chocolate or greasy foods.

How is acne treated?

There are many treatments available for acne, but not everything will work for your skin type. After assessing your skin, your dermatologist at SCN Dermatology prescribes or recommends one or more of these treatments:

  • Hormonal pills (e.g. birth control)
  • Antibiotics
  • Retinoids
  • Salicylic acid
  • Laser therapy
  • Chemical peel

If one treatment doesn’t work for you, another will. You may have to try several treatments before you find one that’s effective on your skin.

If keeping your face clean isn’t keeping your acne away (which it often doesn’t), call SCN Dermatology or book an appointment online for expert acne treatment today.

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