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What Causes Acne and How Can I Treat It?

Many people talk about acne as a problem that bothers teenagers during puberty, but adults deal with acne too. If you have tried to treat your acne on your own without success, you may need the help of a professional. Untreated acne can cause scarring that lasts much longer than the acne itself. 

What is Acne?

Acne occurs when pores become filled with debris, dead skin cells, and oil. For some people, these blocked pores have a tendency to become inflamed and painful, especially if you touch or squeeze them. Acne ranges from the occasional pimple to constant, painful cysts.

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What Causes Acne?

It remains unclear why some people develop more severe acne or continue to deal with it into adulthood. Your acne may come from a combination of:

  • Blocked pores and hair follicles
  • Excess oil production
  • Bacteria (may live on the face or come from fingers or tools)
  • Inflammation (often in response to bacteria or picking pimples)
  • Use of pore-clogging skin products

Whatever causes contribute to your acne, our medical-grade skin care products and treatments can help to resolve it. We develop an individualized plan to match your acne and its causes

How Can I Treat Acne?

While you may have tried topical skincare regimens before, our skincare products from ZO Skin Health use medical-grade ingredients to help you achieve acne control. This level of management can help many people get results, but you may need more intensive treatment. 

ZO Skin Health care is the #1 Luxury skin care line in the world. It was developed by Dr. Obagi and works to remove excess oil, remove old dead skin and shrink oil glands that lead to whiteheads, blackheads, and pimples. It is the foundation for all acne treatment. 

Accutane, a prescription medication, treats acne by shrinking the oil-producing glands that cause pore-clogging. This medication can have some side effects, including dry skin and sun sensitivity, but it works very effectively to control acne. 

Blue light treatments can help control acne by reducing the bacteria that causes inflammation leading to pimples. BLU-U Light Therapy, a highly effective blue light treatment can also be combined with a topical medication called Levulan to further reduce acne. This treatment works well alone or in combination with other methods. 

Consultations Available Now

The first step is to schedule an in-person consultation with one of our highly trained providers at New York Skin & Vein Center located in Oneonta, NY, serving the surrounding New York City areas with additional offices in Norwich, Binghamton, and Cobleskill.

Simply fill out the form on this page and we will reach out to you promptly to schedule your appointment. Your journey to a healthier, happier you can start today.

Is There Any Downtime With Acne Treatment?

These treatments require minimal to no downtime. We monitor your progress and manage any concerns you may have. During treatment with Accutane, people often notice dry skin, and BLU-U Light Therapy will cause a temporary period of sun sensitivity. 

Am I a Good Candidate for Acne Treatment?

Almost anyone can start with a customized skincare regimen using ZO Skin Health products. Accutane, while effective, may not be suitable for everyone. BLU-U Light Therapy works safely for most people, but you may have certain skin conditions that are incompatible with this treatment. 


*Individual Results May Vary

Dr. Dohner and his team strive to provide the best experience for everyone who chooses their practice for their aesthetic and vein needs. Read why our patients love their results & experience with Dr. Dohner and his team of expert providers at New York Skin & Vein Center in New York.

Take the Next Step

To schedule your in-person acne treatment consultation, call New York Skin & Vein Centers at (607) 431-2525 or simply fill out the form on this page. We look forward to working with you!

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