Acne is one of the most common skin problems in the United States. Contrary to popular belief, acne doesn't only affect teenagers. Sometimes acne can be treated with over-the-counter washes and creams, but for the more severe cases, the dermatologists at Penstein Dermatology, New York, NY could help.
Causes of Acne
There are several causes of adult acne. Some of these include:
- Hormonal changes
- Lifestyle and diet
- Using incorrect or unsuitable products
The dermatologists at Penstein Dermatology, New York, NY can help diagnose the root cause of your acne.
- Retinoids: Retinoids are a class of Vitamin A derivatives and work to stimulate collagen production in the skin, which in turn helps to unclog pores. Retinoids, such as Tretinoin, are available as topical medications and often come in gel or cream form.
- Benzoyl peroxide: Benzoyl peroxide can be hugely effective in treating acne, as it kills the bacteria responsible for causing acne. Benzoyl peroxide can sometimes dry out sensitive skin, so it's a good idea to start with a lower concentration and work your way up.
- Salicylic acid: Salicylic acid works by unplugging blocked pores, shedding dead skin, and reducing inflammation. Cosmetically, it is the only acid in the BHA (beta-hydroxy acid) family.
- Azelaic acid: Azelaic acid is a naturally occurring acid with antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory benefits. It calms the skin and helps to improve both redness and acne scarring.
- Oral medication: If topical products prove ineffective, oral medications might be the way to go. Women suffering from hormonal acne may benefit from oral contraceptives. Oral antibiotics can sometimes be prescribed to kill the acne-causing bacteria in the skin. For more severe cystic or inflammatory acne, a stronger medication like Accutane can be prescribed.
Book Your Consult Today and Say Hello to Clear Skin
You don't have to put up with acne. Our dermatologists are here to treat your acne and get it under control. Book a consult at Penstein Dermatology in New York, NY by calling (212) 517-5171.