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What is acne?

Acne occurs when dead skin cells and oil clog the hair follicles and oil glands. It can also be due to hormonal changes.

Acne is a skin disease associated with the function of the oil glands at the base of the hair follicles. It affects nearly 50 million individuals in the U.S., often teenage and adult women. One in two women suffer from acne in their twenties, and three in ten are affected in their thirties, but men are also prone to suffering from acne breakouts.  

What treatments are available?

Our acne treatments include:

  • Topical treatments
  • Laser treatments
  • Peels
  • Oral antibiotics
  • Oral Accutane

What are the types of acne?

Acne comes in several forms:

  • Blackheads
  • Whiteheads
  • Cystic acne (deeper in the skin)

Am I a candidate for acne treatment in New York?

Acne treatment must reflect the type of acne. If you struggle to control severe cystic acne that has not responded to other treatments, the appropriate treatment for you will be different than if you suffer from hormone-related acne breakouts. After a consultation and evaluation, Dr. Ostad will custom-tailor a comprehensive treatment plan for you. 

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What should I expect with acne treatment?

The steps of your treatment will depend on the treatment plan Dr. Ostad creates for you. The process starts with a comprehensive evaluation of your skin to determine the type and severity of the acne, followed by a custom-developed plan for treatment. Therapies may include the following:

  • Prescription medication combined with a specialized skincare routine may be sufficient to clear mild acne
  • For moderate to severe acne, Accutane or oral antibiotics may be prescribed
  • A custom laser treatment can kill acne-causing bacteria, reduce oil production, and stimulate new collagen growth; for best results, you may need a series of laser treatments, in combination with other therapies

Before & After

What are the different types of acne?

Acne can cause various types of skin eruptions, primarily the following:

  • Cysts: these hard lumps are located below the skin; they tend to be painful and can easily become infected and inflamed
  • Nodules: these are solid lumps below the skin
  • Pustules: small, reddish bumps with pus on the top—commonly known as pimples
  • Papules: these are raised bumps, red in color, that result from an infection of the hair follicles

What causes acne?

Increased hormone levels can cause the skin to produce an excess of sebum, making the pores susceptible to clogging. This is why acne is so common among puberty-age youth and pre-menopausal women. Whatever the root cause may be, acne is the result of pores clogged by bacteria, skin flakes, sebum (skin oils), impurities, or a combination of any of these. Acne is a complex skin condition with many causative factors which can include the following:

  • Hormones
  • Diet
  • Environmental conditions
  • Exposure to irritants (including topical products)
  • Dirt—even the use of a dirty cosmetic applicator can trigger acne
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What is the recovery time after an acne treatment?

If you undergo laser acne treatment, you may experience some redness, swelling, stinging, or burning after the procedure. These symptoms are usually mild and resolve within a few hours or by the following day. For best results, follow the doctor’s before and aftercare instructions carefully.

Why have acne treatment?

Living with acne can be painful and embarrassing and affect your confidence and self-esteem. Fortunately, modern treatments can help prevent, and safely and effectively reduce, acne breakouts. Schedule a consultation at Ariel Ostad MD PC to find out about the best acne treatment options for you in New York.

Why choose Ariel Ostad MD PC for acne treatment?

Dr. Ostad is a board-certified dermatologist who provides the most advanced acne treatments and the latest developments in the successful alleviation of acne for young people and adults. 

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