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Acne affects nearly 80% of the population in some form and is the most commonly diagnosed skin disorder in the U.S. Acne is an inflammatory skin condition affecting the sebaceous follicles (or pores) that contain oil-producing sebaceous glands.  Acne is most common on the face, neck, chest, shoulders, and upper back where there is a high concentration of sebaceous follicles. While there have been many myths as to the cause of acne (including poor hygiene and diet), heredity and hormones play large roles in its development since they directly affect sebaceous glands.

Blackheads and whiteheads: Blackheads and whiteheads are open and closed comedones, respectively, and they develop as the follicles become clogged and inflamed. 

Pimples: Pimples form when trapped oil and additional debris in the follicle are attacked by bacteria. This causes what is, in effect, a small infection. 

Cysts: Eventually the blocked follicle bursts from built-up pressure, spilling its contents into surrounding tissue and spreading the infectious material deep into the dermis. The result is an inflamed pustule or cyst that acts to destroy a portion of the dermis and its network of collagen fibers. Cysts can be painful and lead to scars. 

Possible Treatments


5FU/Kenalog Injections

5FU and Kenalog are injectable treatments that may be used separately or in combination, depending on the treatment objective. 5FU/Kenalog mixtures improve the appearance of raised keloid scars when injected directly into the scar. Kenalog eliminates pimples or reduces the appearance of raised bumps from silicone injections when injected alone directly into the pimple or silicone.


GentleWaves LED

GentleWaves LED is a specialized pulsed light treatment that improves skin inflammation, redness, and acne. It can also be used to speed healing after laser treatments or sunburns.


HydraGlo MD

HydraGlo MD is a facial that can be used for general facial rejuvenation. The treatment is safe for all skin types and recommended for improvement of a variety of skin conditions, including acne, early skin laxity, enlarged pores, sun damage, skin discoloration, uneven skin tone, and skin sensitivity.


Photodynamic Therapy

Photodynamic therapy (PDT) is a light treatment that can be used to treat precancerous lesions, photodamaged skin with age spots, acne, sebaceous hyperplasia, and a number of other skin conditions.


Vascular Laser

The vascular-specific laser is a laser treatment that can be used to treat a wide range of concerns, including angiomas, hemangiomas, port-wine stains, rosacea, scars, and spider veins. The selective vascular systems includes the pulsed dye (PDL), V Beam, YAG, and Cynergy lasers.

Book a consultation with one of our board-certified dermatologists today to determine the best treatment plan for you.

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