Acne Specialist

Lumos Dermatology®

Dermatology & Cosmetic and Medical Dermatology located in Flatiron, Gramercy, Murray Hill, New York, NY

Acne is one of the most stressful parts of being a teenager, and for many people, it continues into adulthood. The team of board-certified dermatologists at Lumos Dermatology® in New York City’s Flatiron District in Manhattan takes an evidence-based approach to diagnose the underlying causes of your acne so you get the highest standard of care and effective treatments that deliver long-term results. If acne makes your life stressful and causes anxiety, at any age, call Lumos Dermatology® to schedule a consultation or book online today.

Acne Q & A

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What causes acne?

Acne is the result of clogged pores. The clog begins with dead skin cells that stick together inside your pores along with sebum, the oil that keeps your skin from drying out. Bacteria also get stuck inside the pores, leading to inflammation and the formation of a pimple or acne cyst.

Pimples vary in size and color and may appear as any of the following:

  • Whiteheads
  • Blackheads
  • Cysts
  • Pustules
  • Papules
  • Nodules 

Sometimes your skin produces too much oil and sometimes the excess activity of androgens — a type of hormone — contributes to the formation of acne. Pimples, whiteheads, and blackheads typically form on your face, forehead, chest, and upper back. Other things that make acne worse include medications, stress, and diet. 

How can I prevent acne?

Depending on your skin and the type of acne you have, your dermatologist recommends a skin care routine that helps prevent future acne breakouts. Generally speaking, if your skin is prone to acne, you can follow these tips:

  • Only wash your face twice a day
  • Don’t scrub your skin too hard
  • Avoid popping pimples
  • Use makeup for sensitive skin
  • Avoid oil-based lotions and products
  • Avoid sun exposure
  • Reduce stress
  • Eat a healthy diet

If you get acne on your forehead, be sure to wash your hair frequently so the oils from it don’t make your acne worse. 

How does a dermatologist treat acne?

Your board-certified dermatologist at Lumos Dermatology® takes a personalized approach to diagnose and treat your acne. They may recommend topical medications to control your acne and help avoid scarring from severe pimples. Topical medications often contain retinoids that help prevent plugging of hair follicles so dead skin and bacteria can’t accumulate. 

You may also need antibiotics to kill excess skin bacteria and reduce inflammation. Other medications include oral contraceptives to control hormones and salicylic acids. 

Light and laser therapies can also help reduce acne and clear your skin. Your doctor prescribes a combination of treatments that work best for your individual needs so you can enjoy healthy skin from the inside out. 

If acne disrupts your life, call Lumos Dermatology® to schedule an exam or request the next available appointment online. 

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