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Acne Specialist

The Center for Dermatology Cosmetic & Laser Surgery

Cosmetic Dermatology located in Mt Kisco, NY

Acne can knock your confidence and become more than just an aesthetic nuisance. At The Center for Dermatology Cosmetic & Laser Surgery, David Bank, MD, and the experienced team offer effective solutions for acne in Mount Kisco, New York. You can expect a personalized treatment plan designed to heal, repair, and regenerate your skin from inside and out. Don’t let acne get you down when innovative solutions are available. Call the office to book an appointment.

Acne Q & A

What is acne?

Acne refers to a skin condition that usually occurs when hair follicles get blocked or plugged with oil and dead skin cells. Acne can show up in different areas of the body. It appears more commonly on the:

  • Face
  • Chest
  • Shoulders
  • Upper back

Acne varies depending on the individual, but in some instances, it can cause some emotional distress, hyperpigmentation, and skin scarring. Acne is more prevalent in teens, but it can happen at any age.

Acne can also show up suddenly in older adulthood, often due to an underlying medical condition, such as an autoimmune disease or hormonal disorder.

What are the different types of acne?

You might have one of several different types of acne, such as:

  • Pustules — papules with pus
  • Blackheads — open clogged pores
  • Whiteheads — closed clogged pores
  • Papules — small red bumps that are usually sore
  • Nodules — solid, painful lumps under your skin
  • Cystic lesions — painful pus-filled lumps under your skin

You might be dealing with acne for many years, or you might just have temporary mild acne. Some women experience a flare-up of acne due to hormonal changes during the week before menstruation.

What causes acne?

The main factors that can cause or worsen acne include:

  • Aging
  • Bacteria
  • Certain foods
  • Family history
  • Hormonal changes
  • Certain medications
  • Excess oil production
  • Hair follicles blocked by oil and dead skin cells
  • Excess pressure, friction, or irritation on the skin
  • Chronic stress

Hormonal complications, such as overactive hormones and hormonal imbalances, can also lead to acne.

How is acne treated?

The Center for Dermatology Cosmetic & Laser Surgery offers several treatment methods for acne, including:

  • Medical-grade sunscreens, moisturizers, and other skin care products
  • Photodynamic therapy
  • Facials and chemical peels 
  • Prescription topical acne treatments to minimize oil and kill bacteria
  • Medications to address hormones, such as birth control pills
  • Medical-grade systemic acne medications
  • Recommending lifestyle changes like stress management and a nutrient-dense diet

Different acne medications work to accelerate cell turnover, kill bacteria, and reduce inflammation and oil production. 

Your provider might prescribe a topical prescription-strength benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, retinoid, or another medication that works on most types of acne. An oral antibiotic might be necessary in some cases to treat acne cysts and nodules. 

Your provider might suggest more than one treatment to get the best results. Fortunately, you can achieve smoother and healthier skin with the help of a qualified specialist and quality treatments. Call the team at The Center for Dermatology Cosmetic & Laser Surgery to learn more.