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Acne services offered in Hamilton Square, Trenton, and Mercer County area, New Jersey

If you’re embarrassed by acne, or it becomes painful, see the experts at Kessel Dermatology servicing the Hamilton Square, Trenton, and Mercer County areas in New Jersey. The board-certified and licensed dermatology specialists offer treatments that effectively clear up your skin. Don’t be frustrated or self-conscious about acne when highly effective solutions are available at Kessel Dermatology. Call the office or book an appointment online today.  

Acne Q & A

What is acne?

Acne is a common skin condition that can develop when hair follicles get blocked with oil and dead skin cells. Acne may appear in different areas of your body, especially your:

  • Shoulders
  • Upper back
  • Chest
  • Face

The severity of acne varies from person to person, but when left untreated, it can lead to hyperpigmentation, emotional distress, and scarring. While acne is common among teens, it may appear at any age.

It might show up suddenly in adulthood due to hormone fluctuations or because of an underlying medical condition.

What are the different forms of acne?

Numerous types of acne exist, including:

  • Papules — small, sore, red bumps
  • Nodules — painful solid lumps under your skin
  • Cystic lesions — painful pus-filled lumps under the skin
  • Pustules — pus-filled papules
  • Blackheads — open clogged pores
  • Whiteheads — closed clogged pores

Without treatment, you might deal with acne for many years. It can come and go and range in severity from mild to severe. Some women experience acne flare-ups because of hormonal changes the week before menstruation.

What can cause acne?

The contributing factors that can cause or worsen acne include:

  • Family history of acne
  • Aging
  • Bacteria
  • Certain foods
  • Hormonal changes
  • Hair follicles blocked by oil and dead skin
  • Excess pressure, friction, or irritation on your skin
  • Certain medications
  • Excess oil production
  • Chronic stress

Hormone complications, such as hormonal imbalances or overactive hormones, can also cause acne.

How does my dermatologist treat acne?

Kessel Dermatology offers numerous treatments for acne, including:

  • Prescription topical acne treatments
  • Medications that address hormone changes
  • Medical-grade moisturizers, sunscreens, and other skin care products
  • Medical-grade systemic acne medications
  • Lifestyle changes like a nutrient-dense diet and stress management

Acne medications work to kill bacteria, accelerate cell turnover, or reduce inflammation and oil production. 

The Kessel Dermatology specialists might prescribe topical prescription-strength benzoyl peroxide, retinoid, salicylic acid, or other medications to help clear up acne. You may need an oral antibiotic to eliminate acne cysts and nodules. 

Your dermatologist might suggest more than one type of acne treatment to ensure exceptional results. They tailor each treatment plan to help you achieve smoother, healthier, more even-toned skin. 

To schedule an appointment at Kessel Dermatology, call the office or book an appointment online today.