Acne Specialist

Latham Dermatology

Medical Dermatology & Cosmetic Dermatology located in Latham, NY

Despite what you may think, you shouldn’t let your acne just run its course. Christine Yang-Finnin, MD, at Latham Dermatology in Latham, New York, provides acne treatments to clear up your skin, prevent unnecessary scarring, and make you feel better about yourself. For high-quality skin care from an expert dermatologist, call the office, or book a consultation using the online booking button.

Acne Q & A

Who gets acne?

When your skin breaks out, you may feel extremely self-conscious and wonder why it only happens to you. But you aren’t alone. Nearly 50 million other people in the United States are going through the exact same thing.

Acne most often develops in teens and young adults because of hormonal changes, but infants and older adults can also develop acne. Women, as they reach middle age, are especially prone to the skin condition.

Your genetics may increase your risk of developing acne. Also, if you have a large number of oil glands on areas of the body prone to acne, such as the face, chest, or back, you may be more likely to suffer breakouts.

 

What causes acne?

Acne develops when one of the pores on your skin gets clogged with skin cells. Normally, your dead skin cells rise to the surface of your skin and get sloughed off when you wash your face. But if your skin is oily, the oil may prevent the movement of the dead skin cells and trap them in the pore.

Bacteria that live on your skin can also get caught in the pore where they multiply and cause inflammation, or an acne cyst.

 

How is acne treated?

No one treatment works for everyone with acne. Dr. Yang-Finnin works one-on-one with you to find the best treatment to help clear up your skin. It may take some trial and error, but she will help find the right combination to give you clearer skin.

Common treatments include:

Topical agents

Most treatments for acne are creams or lotions you apply to your skin. Examples include:

  • Benzoyl peroxide
  • Tretinoin
  • Antibiotic
  • Salicylic acid

These work by either decreasing oil production or killing bacteria.

Oral medication

Oral medications are also sometimes prescribed to help clear up your skin. Examples include isotretinoin or antibiotics. For women, birth control pills are also sometimes used to help balance hormones and improve skin health.

Procedures

Dr. Yang-Finnin may also be able to treat your acne at the office with various procedures. If you have a painful cyst, she can drain and extract it.

For clearer skin from a compassionate physician who wants to bring back your natural beauty, call Latham Dermatology to schedule an appointment. You can also use the online booking button.