Dermatology & Aesthetics located in Brooklyn and Staten Island, NY

acne services offered in brooklyn and staten island, ny

Acne is a common skin condition that affects appearance and self-esteem. The experienced providers at kalon Dermatology in Staten Island and the Sheepshead Bay neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York, can help you get clearer skin using the most advanced tools available. Acne is a distressing skin issue, but it’s highly treatable when you get the right care. Call the office or schedule your acne consultation online today.

acne q&a

What is acne?

Acne is a skin condition that affects people of all ages but is most common during adolescence. There are different types of acne, including:
  • Pimples
  • Blackheads
  • Nodules
  • Whiteheads
  • Cystic acne
Blemishes may appear on the shoulders, back, buttocks, chest, and arms, but it most often affects the face. The severity of acne ranges from mild to severe. When left untreated, acne may last four to five years or, in some cases, 10 years or more.

What causes acne?

Acne is an inflammatory skin condition that occurs when there’s a buildup of dead skin cells and oil (sebum) in the pores of your skin. When bacteria gets caught in the pore, inflammation occurs.Overproduction of sebum causes acne. Hormonal changes are a common trigger for the excess oil production, which is why acne is common during puberty.Your pores are lined with keratinocytes — a type of skin cell. Normally, your body sheds the dead keratinocytes as they rise to the surface of the pore.When your skin produces too much oil, it causes the keratinocytes to stick together and remain in the pore. Bacteria that lives on your skin falls into the pore and grows, leading to inflammation, redness, swelling, and pain.

When should I seek dermatology care for acne?

You should seek dermatology care at kalon Dermatology for your acne if over-the-counter (OTC) treatments fail to improve your breakouts. Acne is a common skin condition, but not one you should let run its course. Untreatable acne lasts longer and may cause acne scarsYour provider at kalon Dermatology reviews your medical history and the types of products you’ve used to try to clear up your acne. They examine your skin and determine the type and severity of your skin condition, which they use to customize your treatment plan.

What are the treatments for acne?

Your provider at kalon Dermatology customizes your acne treatment plan based on the severity and frequency of your breakouts. Treatment for acne may include:
  • A personalized skin care routine
  • Topical or oral antibiotics
  • Benzoyl peroxides
  • Isotretinoin
No single treatment works for all and it may take some time to find the right combination of topical agents and oral medications to clear up your skin. Once your skin improves, chances of a recurrence of your acne are low.Don’t let your acne affect your self-confidence, call kalon Dermatology or schedule an appointment online today for treatment options.