Acne and other common skin conditions
Acne is a common skin problem that affects people of all ages, genders, and races. It usually occurs during puberty when there is an increase in sex hormones called androgens. These hormones are responsible for causing the sebaceous glands under your skin to secrete more oil than usual. When the pores become blocked by dead skin cells or overgrowth of bacteria, it can result in small red bumps or whiteheads on your face, neck, shoulders, and chest. Our practice provides a thorough evaluation of the skin, as well as gut and hormonal health evaluations to determine the root cause of the condition and determine a dermatologic approach to treating it.
Although acne may seem like a minor issue, persistent breakouts can negatively affect your self-confidence and emotional well-being. This is why Yuliya Litvak of Brooklyn, New York, offers the diagnosis and treatment of acne and other skin diseases that can impact the face.
What treatment options are available for acne?
Fortunately, there are several different treatments that you can use to help clear up your complexion and restore your natural glow! The most effective treatment method is addressing its underlying cause, often hormonal fluctuations. If you are experiencing acne during your teenage years, it is recommended that you visit a professional with experience in integrative medicine to receive prescription medications or topical creams and gels that contain antibiotics. These treatments can help lower the amount of oil your sebaceous glands produce and reduce inflammation in your pores. If acne persists into adulthood, other treatment options are available, such as chemical peels or laser ablation therapy that can be performed in our provider’s office.
Although finding the proper treatment for your individual case of acne may require some trial and error, there are many things you can do at home to prevent breakouts from occurring in the first place:
- Keep your skin clean every day by washing it two to three times a day with a gentle, non-abrasive cleanser
- Avoid touching or picking at your pores
- Avoid using cosmetics that contain liquid oils, heavy creams, or harsh chemicals
- Get enough sleep each night and drink plenty of water to flush out toxins that can clog pores
What other conditions can be treated by an integrative medicine specialist?
Skin conditions that can also happen with acne include acne scarring. These are permanent marks on the skin caused by severe acne that can last for years.
How do I learn more about acne and other skin diseases?
Call 718-521-2912 to request an appointment with our team to get a proper diagnosis of acne and find solutions that can help!