The Basics of Acne

Most people think that acne is just something that hormonal teenagers experience, but in reality, it is not. Boys, girls, men, and women all experience acne at some point in their lives, and their acne changes as their surroundings and situations change. Finding out how to tackle and manage that acne can be tough, but Dr. Ariel Ostad is here to help guide you through the necessary steps to getting a clearer, brighter complexion.

Why Do I Have Acne?

LiThere are four main factors that cause acne, which include excess oil (sebum) production, clogged hair follicles (dead skin cells and oils), bacteria, and inflammation. Acne typically appears on the face, forehead, chest, upper back, and shoulders. Acne comes in many different forms, like blackheads, whiteheads, and cystic acne, which is acne deeper in the skin. Dr. Ariel Ostad can treat all forms of acne at his New York City office.

What Can Trigger My Acne?

Finding out what actually triggers and causes your acne can sometimes be tricky. It can be different for everyone, and once you find out your trigger, then it can make it so much easier to treat. The most common causes of acne are hormones, medications, diet, and stress. Hormones change in boys and girls during puberty and cause the sebaceous glands to enlarge and produce more oil. Hormonal changes during the middle age range, particularly in women (especially pregnant women), can lead to breakouts too. Certain medications like drugs that contain corticosteroids, testosterone, or lithium can react to the body and cause acne. Some studies show that eating carbohydrate-rich foods like bread and chips may worsen acne. Stress doesn’t necessarily cause acne, but it is possible that it can make it worse. Adjusting your lifestyle to discover your acne trigger can be beneficial in the long run.

What Are My Options?

Once you schedule a consultation with Dr. Ariel Ostad, he will be able to establish whether or not you are a candidate for treatment. At this time, a custom plan of action will be created to get you closer to smoother, clearer skin. At Dr. Ariel Ostad’s office, we offer:

  • Topical treatments
  • Laser treatments
  • Peels
  • Oral antibiotics
  • Oral Accutane

For more information about acne and treatments for your acne, contact Dr. Ariel Ostad online or call us at 212-517-7900.


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