Acne is a common skin condition that affects teens, and is linked to the hormonal fluctuations that occur during adolescence. However, for some people acne does not end after the teen years, but continues into adulthood. Adult acne is a problem in Brooklyn and other US cities, and men and women are in search of acne treatments that are more powerful than the over-the-counter options normally recommended for teens.
What causes acne?
Acne is caused by the overproduction of sebum by the sebaceous glands that lie at the base of the hair follicles. Sebum is an oily substance that is needed to lubricate the skin and hair.
However, sometimes the hair follicles become blocked by excess sebum and dead skin cells. When the sebum gets trapped and cannot escape, this encourages the growth of bacteria. Acne is caused by the p. acnes bacterium and as it grows, it results in the formation of pimples (learn more).
At Khrom Dermatology & Aesthetics in Brooklyn, NY, they utilize a range of acne treatments to deal with the condition including:
- Photodynamic Therapy (PDT). This involves the use of a photosensitizing solution along with a light source. The photosensitizing agent is applied to the skin and is left for a specified period of time. It is then activated by a specific wavelength of light. PDT shrinks the sebaceous glands and limits oil production.
- Chemical Peels. Acid peels use acids to strip away the upper layer of skin, causing new, regenerated skin to emerge. Chemical peels are an effective acne treatment because they exfoliate the skin, and clean out clogged pores. They get rid of the acne-causing bacteria and leave the skin smoother and clearer.
If you live in or around Brooklyn you can contact Khrom Dermatology for more information on available acne treatments. You can schedule your consultation with Dr. Tatiana Khrom online at http://www.khromdermatology.com/medical-dermatology/, or you can call the office at 1-855-454-7666.