Acne

Bay Ridge Dermatology

Dermatology and Laser Specialists located in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, NY

Acne affects almost everyone at some point in their life. The staff at Bay Ridge Dermatology in the Bay Ridge area of Brooklyn, New York, understands acne thoroughly, and they know how to take care of your acne to prevent scarring and the formation of dark spots. Call today or request an appointment using the request appointment button.

Acne Q & A

What is acne?

According to the American Academy of Dermatology, acne is the most prevalent skin problem in the United States. Acne occurs when your hair follicle gets stopped up with oil and skin cells. It can occur on any part of your body, but it’s most common on the face, back, and chest.

The types of skin conditions classified as acne include:

  • Whiteheads and blackheads
  • Pimples
  • Cysts
  • Nodules
  • Papules

Acne is a treatable condition, and when taken care of early, may help prevent the emotional toll that often accompanies this frustrating skin condition.

Why do I have acne?

Acne most commonly affects teens and young adults, but it can happen to anyone at any age. The most common causes of acne include:

  • Excess oil production
  • Bacteria
  • Increased production of the hormone androgen

Your face, back, and chest are the most commonly affected areas of your body because they’re the oiliest.

Hormones, stress, and a diet filled with foods like white bread and potato chips may worsen your acne.

What are my treatment options for acne?

Whether you have a mild or severe case of acne, the team at Bay Ridge Dermatology can devise a treatment plan to clear up your skin.

Treatment options include:

  • Topical ointments
  • Antibiotics, birth control pills, or isotretinoin
  • Chemical peels
  • Cyst or acne removal

Bay Ridge Dermatology offers glycolic acid peels as a treatment option for acne-prone skin. These chemical peels help improve the look and health of your skin.

What can I do at home to improve the look of my skin?

In addition to the treatments recommended by the team at Bay Ridge Dermatology, you also want to take good care of your skin at home to reduce oil, dirt, and the accumulation of dead skin cells.

The team recommends you wash your face twice a day with a mild soap and warm water. If you’re sweating from the heat of the day or a heavy workout, you may need to wash your face more often.

As tempting as it may be, don’t pop or pick at your acne. Popping a pimple increases the amount of time it takes for your skin to heal.

The team also recommends you wear sunblock daily to protect your skin from sun damage.

Call today or request an appointment online with Bay Ridge Dermatology.