What is the best solution for the treatment of pimples?
Acne. It is a common skin condition that affects anyone at any age. But even though it is common, that doesn’t mean it has to be ignored or accepted. Dr. Stephen Comite is a Board-Certified dermatologist at SkinProvement Dermatology New York who helps patients in and around New York with their skincare needs–especially patients with acne!
What is the best solution for pimples? How can one control the condition and clear their skin while reducing their risk of acne scarring? Our team advocates for patients and helps them choose solutions for their unique situations. Let’s talk more about acne and the available treatment options for pimples, cysts, pustules, whiteheads, and blackheads.
What is acne?
To better understand the treatment options available for acne patients, we start by educating patients on this condition and what causes it. Acne is a very common skin condition that typically occurs when the skin pores become blocked with an oily substance known as sebum. It can appear in different forms, such as blackheads, whiteheads, pimples, cysts, and nodules. Many factors can be involved such as hormones, stress and family history.
Who is affected by acne?
While it is common for teenagers to experience acne breakouts, due to changing hormones during puberty, anyone of any age can develop acne. In fact, many adults between the ages of 20 and 40 may still experience occasional breakouts. Our office has even treated patients in their 60’s and 70’s who have acne.
What are the best treatment options for acne?
The best treatment options for acne will significantly depend on the type and severity of your condition. Common treatments include:
- Over-the-counter medications. There are many products at the local drugstores that are readily available for patients with hormonal or mild acne. Many of these can help, though patients who do not find these products successful often schedule an appointment with a dermatologist for more effective options.
- Chemical Peels. These gentle treatments can often help with acne and discoloration. Unlike many peels, you do not have to stop your topical medications before or afterwards. Our patients have been very pleased with how much these peels have helped them.
- Prescription topical medications. Some topical medications are strong enough to be prescription-only. These medical-grade products are only obtainable through a dermatologist, such as Dr. Stephen Comite.
- Oral medications. Treating the problem from the inside out works more effectively for some patients. Oral medications may also include birth control, which can readjust hormones and provide patients with a way to treat their acne while enjoying the benefits of contraception.
- Accutane (Isotretinoin). This is a Vitamin A derivative that is wonderful for more severe and bothersome acne. We have treated patients with Accutane for many years and will review the pros and cons of treatment if you are a candidate.
Schedule an appointment at SkinProvement Dermatology New York today!
If you reside in the New York City or the Tri-State area, our office located near Grand Central is very convenient. We welcome you to book an appointment at our facility to learn more about solutions for acne-prone skin.
The office is open to new and current patients who schedule appointments by calling (212) 933-9490.
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