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Acne Treatment

While it is more prominent in teenagers, acne is a common inflammatory disorder that can occur at any age when hair follicles under the skin become clogged with oil and dead skin cells. This typically leads to outbreaks of pimples or “zits”. Most often, the outbreaks occur on the face but can also appear on the back, chest, and shoulders.

Our practice offers the latest, and most effective technologies and treatments to combat and eliminate acne conditions of varying levels of severity. Our offices are conveniently located to serve acne patients in Rutherford, Verona, Bergen, and Essex Counties.

What causes Acne?

The root of the problem with acne comes from sebaceous (oil) glands that connect to the hair follicle. In healthy skin, these glands make sebum that empties onto the skin surface through the pore, which is an opening in the follicle. In addition, as the body sheds skin cells, keratinocytes (a type of skin cell that lines the follicle) rise to the surface of the skin. When someone has acne, the hair, sebum, and keratinocytes stick together inside the pore. This prevents the keratinocytes from shedding and keeps the sebum from reaching the surface of the skin. 

The mixture of oil and cells allows bacteria that normally live on the skin to grow in the plugged follicles and cause inflammation, sometimes resulting in swelling, redness, heat, and pain. When the wall of the plugged follicle breaks down, it spills the bacteria, skin cells, and sebum into nearby skin, creating pimples.

Additional causes of Acne include:

  • Hormones: An increase in androgens, which are male sex hormones, may lead to acne. These increase in both boys and girls normally during puberty and cause the sebaceous glands to enlarge and make more sebum. Hormonal changes related to pregnancy can also cause acne.
  • Family history: Researchers believe that you may be more likely to get acne if your parents had acne.
  • Medications: Certain medications, such as medications that contain hormones, corticosteroids, and lithium, can cause acne.

Available Acne Treatments

Patients experiencing frustrating and embarrassing acne breakouts can benefit from effective acne treatments in New Jersey. There are a number of treatment options available, and because not all acne is the same, the treatment method will be chosen based on each patient’s unique case

The following are various acne Treatment options available at Geria Dermatology:

  • Topical and oral prescription medications: There are several topical and oral medications available to treat acne. They vary in strength depending on the severity of the acne outbreak.
  • Chemical Peels: Chemical peels are acid-based solutions that encourage the sloughing of dead and damaged skin cells, revealing fresh new skin that is free of imperfections.
  • HydraFacial: The HydraFacial is a gentle and relaxing state-of-the-art treatment method for numerous skin issues, including clogged pores and acne. It uses serums and a vortex effect to exfoliate, extract, hydrate, and rejuvenate.
  • Manual extractions: Manual extractions are performed by a dermatologist and involve the use of a sterile tool to extract the contents of a pimple. This technique is typically used for blackheads or whiteheads and is not usually used for inflamed pimples.
  • Cortisone shots for cystic acne: Large acne lesions can be directly injected with cortisone to quickly and effectively reduce inflammation. Cortisone is a chemical that is naturally produced by the adrenal glands as a stress response.
  • Cutera Excel V+: This laser treatment is incredibly versatile and can treat a wide variety of skin issues. It delivers short high-intensity energy pulses to the skin, eliminating the bacteria that causes acne.

Why Choose Geria Dermatology

Geria Dermatology is led by Aanand N. Geria, MD, FAAD, a board-certified dermatologist specializing in medical, surgical, and cosmetic dermatology. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), a Diplomate of the American Board of Dermatology (ABD), and a member of the American Society of Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS), New Jersey Dermatological Society (DSNJ), and Skin of Color Society.

Since 2018, Dr. Geria has made the Castle Connolly list of “Top Doctors”, an honor awarded by his peers, and is frequently sought out for his input on the latest trends in dermatology as evidenced by his commentary in publications such as Allure, Fashionista, The Zoe Report, Business Insider, and Coveteur. Dr. Geria is one of only 15 dermatologists in the nation to be recognized in both the Medical and Cosmetic categories by Newsweek.

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