Acne Scarring Treatments – New York Dermatologist
Dermatology, Cosmetic and Plastic Surgery in New York City (NYC) and Manhattan
According to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), acne is the most common skin disorder affecting Americans right now. The AAD estimates that 40 to 50 million Americans suffer from this condition at any given time. Nearly 85% of all Americans suffer from acne at one point in the lives, and the AAD estimates that 40% will develop acne scars that could require laser treatments from a dermatologist.
Since acne scars are such a common occurrence, you can trust that our dermatologist, Dr. Bruce Katz, has endless amounts of experience treating them. To schedule a consultation and determine if laser scar treatments would be helpful for your acne scars, please contact JUVA Skin & Laser Center by calling (888) 610-3133.
What Causes Acne & Acne Scars?
Acne is a skin condition that causes pimples, cysts (deeper lumps), and clogged pores. Acne usually begins while a person is in puberty, but can continue into adulthood. Acne forms within the areas of your skin that have the largest amount of oil, which are known as your sebaceous glands. These are primarily located on your face, chest, back, neck, shoulders, and upper arms. When hair follicles on these parts of your body become clogged with oil or dead skin cells, a plug gets formed. This plug attracts bacteria and can become infected and inflamed. This will cause the pore to create a bulbous white head that is filled with bacteria or a blackhead that is filled with bacteria and oil and will darken when it is exposed to the air.
What Makes Acne Worse?
Some people seem to have more acne than others and this can be due to a variety of factors. Acne can become worse for some because of the following:
Hormonal changes -- cause an increase in oil (sebum) from the sebaceous glands
Certain medications – some oral contraceptives and other medications can cause an increase in oil production
Diet – there are some studies that indicate that excess carbohydrates and dairy products may cause more acne
Does Greasy Food Cause Acne?
While there are certain dietary choices that may lead to acne, there are also some myths about acne that include dietary choices. Acne has not been shown to worsen by eating greasy foods. While it might not be the best choice for an overall healthy lifestyle, greasy foods do not cause an increase in oil production from your sebaceous glands. However, if you work with greasy foods on a regular basis, the oil may adhere to your skin and cause your hair follicles to become clogged, causing acne.
Does Washing My Face Make Acne Worse?
While this might sound contradictory, over-cleansing your face will cause more oil to develop and lead to more acne. Your skin is the largest organ on your body and was given amazing powers to cleanse itself and remain healthy. When you over-cleanse, over-scrub, or over-dry it, your skin will lose some of its natural ability to keep itself healthy. Your skin’s natural oils actually help it to remain clean, so light cleansing and the removal of dead skin cells is helpful, but don’t overdo it.
Rosacea is a skin condition that is quite common. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, more than 14 million people have rosacea in the United States. Women are more commonly diagnosed with rosacea than men, but men seem to come down with more severe cases of the condition. Rosacea is found in four different stages, each of which can cause discomfort, a red face, and self-consciousness about your appearance.
What is Rosacea?
Rosacea is often described as a skin condition that causes redness, but it is actually found in four different subtypes, each with different symptoms.
The following are the subtypes of rosacea:
Subtype 1 – flushed, red facial skin, facial spider veins, sensitivity, and dry skin
Subtype 2 – acne breakouts, very red skin, oily skin, sensitive skin
Subtype 3 – rare type of rosacea with bumpy portions of skin, especially on the nose, and oily skin
Subtype 4 – affects the eyes causing burning, stinging, blurry vision, and dryness
The exact cause of rosacea has not yet been determined, but there have been studies to try to determine if it is linked to genetics, an immune deficiency, a possible intestine infection, or from excess oil in the facial pores.
If you have a severe case of rosacea that is affecting your facial skin, our dermatologist can help you to relieve the symptoms and reduce the redness using photodynamic therapy. First, we will apply Levulan, which is amino-levulenic acid. After this is absorbed into your skin and glands, we will utilize a pulsed dye laser that will help to destroy bacteria and reduce the output of oil glands. In many cases, we find that this helps to reduce the redness and clear the rosacea.
Or, we will treat your Rosacea with our PicoSure laser, which is revolutionary at removing acne scars and will help you to love how you look.
What Causes Acne Scars?
Acne scars often occur because a person pops, squeezes, or otherwise agitates pimples or cysts. This can cause your skin to heal itself by forming a patch, or scar, over the affected area. These scars can last for a long time and may even become red and raised, meaning that your skin may be left scarred permanently. The good news is that our dermatologist offers laser acne scar treatments with the revolutionary PicoSure Laser.
How Does the PicoSure Laser Work
In order to effectively treat and reduce the appearance of acne scars, Dr. Katz uses the PicoSure laser. The PicoSure laser is FDA-approved and is gentle on your skin, with minimal discomfort or downtime after treatments. PicoSure works by sending ultra-short pulses of laser energy into the outer and inner skin layers. This helps our dermatologist to effectively treat the outer skin, while the laser also stimulates collagen and elastin production within the inner skin layers. Collagen and elastin help your skin to look healthy, plump, and youthful. We also offer treatments with the Aerolase laser!
The PicoSure laser can be used to help treat acne through the following:
Reduce damaged and scarred skin
Reduce dark spots
Shrink glands that produce oil
Encourage collagen and elastin production
Acne Treatment from Our New York Dermatologist
Having beautiful skin is within your reach and our dermatologist can help you achieve it. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Katz, please contact JUVA Skin & Laser Center today. We will determine if you’re a good candidate for acne scar treatments with PicoSure and how many treatments you will need. Within a series of treatments, you can look in the mirror and really love what you see! Call us today to schedule your appointment! Our phone number is (888) 610-3133.