As of March 20, 2020 we are no longer seeing patients in our office due to COVID-19. We are happy to continue caring for you during these uncertain times. We are now offering remote appointments for new and established patients although we will no longer be able to see you in person. For some patients, an in person visit is best, but if you feel that your concern could be addressed online, this may be a convenient option for you.
Acne is an exceedingly common condition in both teenagers and adults. Those with acne often suffer from feelings of low self-esteem. At The Dermatology Institute of Boston, we specialize in treating acne in Boston, along with acne scars. Our experienced providers help patients clear their skin and regain their self-confidence.
There are many acne treatments available today. Some treatments such as washes and gels are available at your local drugstore without a prescription. Other prescription treatments are available from your dermatologist and can include creams, gels, washes and pills.
We are one of the most comprehensive practices in Massachusetts when it comes to available options for acne treatment. However, we are currently not offering Sebacia acne laser treatment for patients at the moment.
Our experienced and skilled aesthetician also offers a medical cleansing facial and chemical peels to help acne prone skin.
Some of the available treatments at The Dermatology Institute of Boston for acne and acne scars:
No acne treatment works immediately, and it takes weeks to months to see improvement. Sticking to a regimen tailored to each individual’s skin needs by one of our professionals is the best path to clearer skin.
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In addition to damaging one’s self esteem, acne can cause permanent scarring. We also offer a number of treatments available to minimize acne scarring. Some of the treatments performed at The Dermatology Institute of Boston include: chemical peels, laser treatment, microneedling, platelet rich plasma (PRP), and filler injections.
To learn more about the many treatment options we offer for acne in Boston, contact our office today and schedule a consultation with Dr. Graber. If you’re curious about cost, treatment schedule, or any other aspect of the process, she will be happy to answer any questions you may have.
How Can I Stop Acne on My Face?
We don’t know exactly why some individuals get acne. Likely, acne is driven by many factors including: genetics, hormonal changes, inflammation and bacteria. Although there is no surefire way to prevent acne outbreaks, there are some steps you can take that may be effective. These efforts include washing your face twice daily with a mild cleanser, avoiding touching your face and removing any makeup at the end of the day. You should also avoid over-drying your skin.
Makeup can clog pores and lead to pimple formation, so choose cosmetics that are labeled non-comedogenic. Be sure to remove all makeup completely and cleanse your face before bed.
While oily skin is often associated with acne, having skin that is too dry can also be a problem. When your skin is overly dry the protective layer of your skin, called your skin barrier, may not be functioning properly and this may make you more acne prone. Additionally, with dry skin, your oil glands may work overtime. Oil overproduction is a condition ripe for acne, so be sure to moisturize, particularly in cold, dry weather. Additionally, refrain from using astringents too often as these substances can dry out your skin.
How Can I Treat My Acne?
Many patients first try over-the-counter products for their acne. However, if these products don’t work well, then it’s time for professional acne treatment. A dermatologist has access to prescription topical and oral acne treatments, plus the knowledge and training to choose which treatments are best for your acne.
Compliance is a crucial part of acne treatment. You should diligently follow your dermatologist’s instructions to achieve the best results. In other words, take or apply medication as directed and make any recommended lifestyle changes.
What Is the Best Medicine for Acne?
Why Is My Acne Not Clearing Up?
Sometimes over-the-counter treatments are just not powerful enough to handle stubborn acne. In other cases, a patient may be using the wrong products altogether. Keep in mind that successful acne treatment may take months, and severe acne is rarely cleared in a matter of days.
If you find that your acne is resistant to treatment or recurring often, consult the Dermatology Institute of Boston. Your board-certified dermatologist can make expert recommendations on how to get rid of acne and keep your skin healthy.
At What Age Is Your Acne the Worst?
What Is the Main Cause of Acne?
Acne can form as a result of many causes, but hormonal changes may be one of the culprits. As people enter adolescence, an increase in the production of hormones called androgens begins. Acne often occurs when androgen levels rise.
Of course, several other factors can contribute to acne problems. These factors include stress, skincare regimen, hygiene, genetics, environment, and diet. You can reduce some of these risk factors, but others are beyond your control, like your genetics.
There are different kinds of acne, and your dermatologist can determine which type you have. Then, they can work with you to develop an effective treatment plan based on your individual situation and any contributing factors.
Does Eating Chocolate Cause Acne?
What Is Best for Breakouts?
At What Age Do Pimples Stop?
Should I Pop My Pimples?
How Can I Treat My Acne Scars?
Unfortunately, acne can leave noticeable scars in the skin that last for decades. Scars form when pimples damage the deeper layers of the skin. Scarring is particularly common with cystic acne, a type of acne characterized by pus-filled large bumps. However, you can get scarring even from small, tiny pimples.
Acne scarring can have a significant impact on your self-esteem and social interactions. The blemishes left behind by acne may be a source of embarrassment. Understandably, many adults and teenagers want to eliminate or at least reduce their acne scars.
Fortunately, there are many acne scar treatments available these days. Even depressed acne scars and pockmarks can be improved with today’s treatments. Modern dermatology has options including: lasers, chemical peels, dermal fillers, and microneedling.
Whatever acne scar treatment regimen you undergo, you can rest assured that the board-certified dermatologists at the Dermatology Institute of Boston will select treatments based on your unique circumstances and needs.
Our goal here at The Dermatology of Institute of Boston is protect the health of our patients and staff. To continue caring for our patients during these uncertain times, while strictly adhering to the guidelines set by the CDC, we will be only offering virtual consultations. For some patients, an in person visit is best, but if you feel that your concern could be addressed online, this may be a convenient option for you.