About Acne

Acne CropAcne is an extremely common skin condition that can occur at any point in any person’s life—from the teenage years through to middle age. We know that patients feel more confident with clear, beautiful skin—why we work with each patient to customize a long-term, effective treatment plan.

With the latest advances in acne—all available at our practice—there’s no reason for anyone to suffer from acne anymore.

“There are many causes of acne. Figuring out what causes yours can cure it.”
– Dr. Dennis Gross

Acne is, very simply, a clogged pore (or hair follicle) that can appear anywhere on the skin: the face, the back, the shoulders, the chest, and even the arms or legs. Pores can get clogged with a mix of dead skin cells and sebum (the oily substance produced by the oil glands that helps keep our skin from drying out).

While typically these dead skin cells rise to the surface of the skin to become sloughed off, in the case of a pimple, the dead skin cells stick together and become trapped in the pore. Sweat and dirt can also become part of the mix. When bacteria, which normally live on the skin, enter the pore, the result is an infected red, swollen, inflamed pimple or cyst.

Sometimes these oil glands can go into overdrive, producing excess amounts of oily sebum. (The rate of sebum production is controlled by hormones.) This is common during the teenage years or during times of hormonal fluctuations (e.g. during menstruation, pregnancy, and even menopause). Oily skin is considered a skin type. Acne has also been known to run in families and can sometimes occur in dryer skin types.

“Although the cause may be different, all acne is similar in the sense that acne stems from a blocked oil gland.”
— Dr. Dennis Gross

We work with each individual patient to customize a treatment plan that targets his/her acne. This could include:

Topical acne treatments: You can apply to the skin to help kill bacteria, reduce oil, and/or exfoliate the dead skin cells so they don’t clog the pores. These include in-office chemical peels and prescription products you can use on your skin at home.

Oral acne treatments: To treat acne cysts and nodules. These prescription medicines can include antibiotics (to kill the bacteria and reduce inflammation), or isotretinoin (which treats all causes of acne).

State-of-the-art in-office procedures: Can help treat acne. These treatments include lasers and light therapy (to reduce bacteria on the skin and reduce the scars, redness, and marks that acne can leave behind), chemical peels (which slough off the dead skin cells that are clogging the pores), and acne removal (we can inject large medicine to reduce inflammation fast and drain large cysts to prevent the possibility of scarring).


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Doesn’t stress cause acne, too?

Research shows that inflammation in the body can cause acne—and one cause of inflammation is prolonged, or acute, stress. How we treat our bodies and our skin during stress contributes to acne, too: we tend to get less sleep; eat unhealthy, sugary foods; and skip our regular exercise program. All these bad stress-triggered habits can contribute to acne.

Can’t I just use acne products from my drugstore to treat acne?

These products, which contain ingredients like salicylic acid (which promotes the shedding of the top layer of skin) and benzoyl peroxide (which kills bacteria on the skin) can help mild cases of acne. But for persistent cases of acne, it’s best to consult a dermatologist, who can help you get a handle on your acne quickly—and without scarring.

Is it true chocolate triggers acne?

A healthy diet results in glowing, radiant skin—and in many cases, what you eat may be triggering inflammation in the body, resulting in acne. Some studies have linked eating chocolate to an increase in acne—but more research needs to be done. Don’t hesitate to call us and find out what might be working—and not working—for your skin.

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