Teenagers are at an especially worrisome time for their appearance to be less than ideal: there are enough other changes going on to worry about. Acne can be a very noticeable skin problem and can be controlled in almost every case. Each person is different, however, and some patients clear much more easily than others.
Teenagers are more likely to have acne because of hormonal changes, increasing the productivity of oil glands in the skin and subsequent blockage. The blocked pores contain growing bacteria which then irritate the skin (causing the redness around each blocked pore). The blockage can also cause increased build-up of normal skin pigmentation in the ducts and even trap more light, causing spots that appear darker: “blackheads”.
While some experts have reason to suggest that reducing milk and dairy product intake might help reduce acne, experimental results have not yet shown strong indications. While eating chocolate probably has nothing to do with acne, the role that diet plays in acne is not completely clear; we are waiting for more experimental results.
Cleansers can help: use of “non-comedogenic” products (literally, those which don’t promote the growth of pimples) which are formulated to unclog the pores is beneficial. In addition, antibiotics to help get rid of the offending bacteria often knocks out the cause of the inflammation. Some “cosmetic” procedures (not covered by insurance) that may help include microdermabrasion and chemical peels (if you’re interested in this, please ask). Serious cases may be treated with Isotretinoin. Isotretinoin must be used carefully, and users and dermatologists must adhere to a specific protocol, but it can completely clear extensive acne that seems otherwise untreatable.
Your case is, of course, individual. While the length of your treatment cannot be guaranteed, you should know that almost all cases can be cleared. All of our patients who complete acne therapy have found they smile more easily when they look in the mirror. We look forward to that just as much as you do!
Small “blackheads” on a nose Acne scarring
To determine how you feel about your acne, you might want to consider these questions:
Over the past week, has your acne caused you to:
1. feel unattractive or dissatisfied with your appearance
2. feel upset
3. be concerned about meeting new people
4. be concerned about scarring
If you answer “yes” to any of the above, we would like to help.
To treat acne, we use many different therapies depending on your condition and your preferences. These include:
- topical therapies, including cleansers, antibiotics, benzoyl peroxide and retinoids
- systemic antibiotics
- hormonal therapy
- acne surgery
- chemical peels, microdermabrasion and laser therapies (generally not covered by insurance)
If you already have scarring from acne, these treatments are available to you at our office, though probably not covered by insurance:
- chemical peels
- laser therapy
“I have been going to Dr. Basuk for my acne for 2 years. I have recently started Accutane and have been on it for 2 months. The results have been amazing and the acne is now under control and almost gone! I feel like a new person. Dr. Basuk and her staff are wonderful and have been very helpful through the process.” – M.D., Hauppauge