Dermatology Associates of Ithaca

What is Acne?

Posted by  //  December 19, 2017  //  Articles, Local Business

Dermatology Associates of Ithaca
3773 Luker Road
Cortland, NY 13045
P: (607) 257-1107
F: (607) 257-0369

Since acne is the most common skin condition seen in the U.S., many of us have had that moment where we wake up in the morning to find a pimple in the middle of our forehead or remember it as the most distressing part of our adolescence. Presenting as pimples, blackheads, whiteheads, inflamed bumps and cysts, they can appear almost anywhere from the face and chest down to the buttocks. While treating acne decreases the risk of scarring and dark spots, many fight the urge to squeeze or pop them.

So, why do these pesky lesions occur? Acne develops from clogged pores caused when the body produces a lot of sebum (natural oil), causing dead skin cells to stick together and preventing them from shedding. The easiest way to decrease pores from clogging is to use products labeled as “non-comedogenic” or non pore-clogging. Choosing a cleanser with salicylic acid (helps reduce sebum and redness) and benzoyl peroxide (decreases bacteria on the skin) will also help with acne prone skin and breakouts.

“Acne can have social and psychological impact on an individual, so it is really important for me and all of my providers to take the time to develop a customized treatment plan for each patient,” says Dr. Josephine McAllister of Dermatology Associates of Ithaca.

Sometimes, over-the-counter medications are not effective. Topical prescription medication may be needed or in some cases, oral antibiotics such as minocycline or doxycycline, or even isotretinoin (Accutane®). While acne can be distressing, it is important to talk to your dermatologist about your options and make sure to give any type of treatment at least two months to show improvement.

Dr. Josephine C. McAllister is a board-certified, Harvard trained dermatologist who has selectively chosen and mentored her team of five Physician Assistants with a mission to make dermatologic care more accessible to patients. They are excited to welcome patients to their new office, conveniently located in Cortland at 3773 Luker Road.

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