Patients in the East Northport, NY area who are searching for a dermatologist near me should look no further than Dr. Roger Koreen of Dermatology and Cosmetic Laser Center. Dr. Koreen offers a full range of medical and cosmetic dermatology services including acne treatment to help patients achieve healthy, glowing skin.
Acne is problematic for teenagers and adults. It is embarrassing, stressful, and damaging to the skin. Although it is more common in teenagers going through the hormonal changes of puberty, acne can strike unsuspecting adults as well. In adults, it may even occur in people who never had breakouts. An estimated 35 percent of women in their 30s struggle with acne. It can affect all skin types. The most common triggers are diet, stress, and hormonal changes including pregnancy.
Types of acne
There are different forms of acne. The following types generally require a dermatologist:
- Recurrent acne – Patients who experience recurrent acne have breakouts that show up repeatedly and may last two weeks or more. Over-the-counter treatments or cleansers are unsuccessful at treating these breakouts.
- Milia – Milia resemble whiteheads but do not pop. The pimples form due to clogged pores and poor skincare.
- Cystic acne – These large, painful bumps often break out on the face, chest, shoulders, back, and arms. Cystic acne commonly causes acne scars.
- Acne scars – When pimples pop, the skin is damaged. Acne scars are often the result.
Pimples form when the pores become clogged with bacteria and dead skin cells. The trapped bacteria cause the skin to become red and inflamed. Breakouts may be sensitive, itchy, or filled with pus. Pimples that burst or pop may worsen breakouts or cause infections.
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The first rule of thumb for anyone who suffers from acne is to avoid picking at or popping pimples. This worsens breakouts, complicates the treatment process, and causes scarring. When a pimple pops, the body is forced to stimulate collagen production to repair the damage. However, the new collagen may be different than the old. It may be thicker than the smooth, flexible skin currently present. The new collagen may not blend smoothly which causes the appearance of scars.
Laser acne treatment
Preventing breakouts helps lessen the possibility of scarring. Every patient is different. For some a single treatment may work. Others may need a combination of treatments to get smoother, acne-free skin. At Dermatology and Cosmetic Laser Center, we customize treatment plans based on each patient’s unique needs and skin type. We guide our patients through selecting proper products and home treatments and choosing appropriate professional procedures.
Acne can cause problems beyond active breakouts. Laser treatments may help minimize the appearance of scars or the discoloration caused by acne. Dermabrasion and dermal fillers may also help smooth the skin. The treatment method for acne scarring depends on the individual patient and the severity of the scarring.
Patients with acne should schedule a consultation with the dermatologist to determine the best treatment options for your skin. Keep in mind that laser treatments do not replace good hygiene and skincare. Our team of specialists can help you create a good skincare regimen.