Skin & Aesthetic Surgery of Manhattan
Michelle Henry, MD
Board Certified Dermatologist located in Midtown East, Manhattan, NY
Acne doesn’t always go away once you reach adulthood. Many men and women suffer from adult acne and acne scars as they age. If over-the-counter cleansers and creams have stopped working for your skin, experienced dermatologist Michelle Henry, MD, has the right solution for you at Skin & Aesthetic Surgery of Manhattan in the Midtown East neighborhood of Manhattan in New York City. Dr. Henry offers a number of acne treatments, including laser therapy. To schedule an appointment, call Skin & Aesthetic Surgery of Manhattan or book a visit online today.
Acne Q & A
What is acne?
Acne is a common skin condition that causes inflamed red bumps on the skin when oil and dead skin cells clog your hair follicles. While acne affects people of all ages, it’s most common during puberty and your teenage years. Without effective treatment, acne can continue well into adulthood and leave scars on your skin.
Are there different types of acne?
Not all acne looks and feels the same. There are many different types of acne that can affect your skin, including:
Whiteheads are common types of acne that looks like a small white bump protruding from the skin. They are typically difficult to treat because the top of the pore is closed up.
If you have a blackhead, the top of the pore is still open, which gives it a black or brown appearance.
A papule is a type of inflammatory acne, which occurs when bacteria penetrates deep within your skin and causes infection. Papules are typically pink and tender to the touch.
Similar to papules, pustules are inflammatory acne that look red in color and form a white or yellow head.
Nodules are a painful type of inflammatory acne that are typically too large and deep to treat with at-home products.
Cysts are the most severe form of inflammatory acne. They penetrate even deeper than nodules and are typically extremely painful to the touch.
How is acne treated?
Washing your face, not touching your face, and avoiding pore-clogging makeup and products can help reduce acne. A low-dairy diet that’s rich in leafy greens and nutrient-rich vegetables can also improve the appearance of your skin.
However, if at-home treatments are no longer treating your acne effectively, Dr. Henry may recommend the following:
Oral and topical antibiotics kill the bacteria that causes acne and reduce inflammation and redness.
Prescription-strength benzoyl peroxide and retinoic acid reduce acne-producing oils in your skin to minimize acne.
The Aerolase laser is FDA-approved to treat both acne and acne scars. This state-of-the-art laser penetrates deep within your skin to minimize oil production, destroy acne-causing bacteria, and reduce inflammation without damaging the surface layer of your skin. Dermatologists also use the Aerolase laser to reduce the appearance of acne scars, hyperpigmentation, fine lines and wrinkles, rosacea, unwanted hair, and vascular lesions.
If you’re tired of dealing with acne on your own, call Skin & Aesthetic Surgery of Manhattan or book an appointment online today.