Acne Specialist

Loucas Dermatology

Dermatologists located in Upper East Side, New York, NY

Acne is the most common skin condition in the United States, with an estimated 40-50 million Americans having this often embarrassing problem. The board-certified dermatologists at Loucas Dermatology on the Upper East Side of Manhattan in New York City recommend you seek treatment to avoid permanent scarring from acne, regardless of your age. They provide effective treatment options, including laser therapies, microneedling, and the Vampire Facial®. Call or schedule an appointment using online booking today to learn more.

Acne Q & A

Loucas Dermatology

What causes acne?

Acne develops when your pores become clogged with oil and dead skin cells. Normally, your body naturally sheds dead skin cells, but if you produce too much sebum (oil) in your pores, the dead skin cells stick together and get trapped. This can happen nearly anywhere on your body, but most commonly occurs on your:

  • Face
  • Shoulders
  • Chest
  • Upper back

 

Clogged pores appear as red pimples, blackheads, or whiteheads, and can be painful and persistent, especially when the bacteria on your skin gets into your pores. The bacteria make your pores red and swollen on the surface of your skin, and if the bacteria go deeper, you can get an acne cyst.

Hormones also play a role in triggering or aggravating acne symptoms during puberty and pregnancy. Stress, diet, and lifestyle may also contribute to excess oil production in your pores that makes acne worse, and it can develop at any age.

 

What types of medical acne treatments are available?

Your doctor at Loucas Dermatology closely examines your skin and create an individualized treatment plan based on your specific skin type and acne symptoms. Your acne treatment plan may include:

  • Laser or intense pulsed light (IPL) therapies
  • Chemical peels
  • Vampire Facial
  • Microneedling
  • Oral or topical medications and solutions
  • Prescription cleanser

 

Your acne treatment depends on the severity of your condition, your symptoms, your age, and your overall health. If your acne breakout is sudden, especially as an adult, it could be a sign of an underlying health condition.

When home-care remedies and over-the-counter acne treatments don’t clear up your skin, it’s time to consult an expert dermatologist at Loucas Dermatology. If left untreated, your case of acne can become more severe and cause permanent acne scarring.

 

How can acne be prevented?

Once your acne is under control, you can take an active role in managing future breakouts. The team at Loucas Dermatology may recommend specific changes you can make, but in general, the following things can help control the severity of your acne:

  • Using skin care products with salicylic acid, alpha hydroxy acid, or benzoyl peroxide
  • Protecting your skin from the sun
  • Washing with a gentle facial cleanser so as not to aggravate your skin further
  • Avoiding scrubs, astringents, and masks that irritate your skin
  • Using a noncomedogenic moisturizer

 

If you’re struggling to keep acne under control, know that there are several effective treatment options available. To learn more, call Loucas Dermatology or schedule a consultation online today.