Jeremy Rothfleisch, MD PA
Board Certified Dermatologist located in East Brunswick, NJ
Acne is more than just an aesthetic nuisance. Fortunately, working with a qualified specialist like Dr. Jeremy Rothfleisch can help you to control acne, improve skin health, and boost your confidence. Dr. Rothfleisch treats acne and acne scarring with a range of innovative and effective methods in East Brunswick, New Jersey. To receive your personalized consultation and experience skin rejuvenation in a compassionate environment, call the office or click to use the online scheduling tool.
What is acne?
Acne is most prevalent in adolescents, can occur at any age, and may cause skin scarring, hyperpigmentation, and emotional stress. This skin condition typically occurs on the face, chest, upper back, or shoulders when hair follicles become clogged or blocked with dead skin cells and oil.
If you suddenly get acne as an adult, it’s often because of an underlying medical condition, like hormonal disorders or autoimmune diseases.
What are the types of acne?
Dr. Rothfleisch designs a treatment plan that specifically addresses the types of acne present. The types of acne include:
- Pustules – papules with pus
- Blackheads – open, clogged pores
- Whiteheads – closed, clogged pores
- Papules – small, red bumps that can be sore
- Nodules – painful, solid lumps under your skin
- Cystic lesions – painful lumps filled with pus under your skin
You may have temporary mild acne or experience flare-ups for years. Many women notice acne in the week before menstruation as a result of hormonal changes.
What causes acne?
The main factors that cause or exacerbate acne include:
- Certain foods
- Family history
- Chronic stress
- Hormonal changes
- Certain medications
- Excess oil production
- Hair follicles blocked by dead skin cells and oil
- Excess irritation, friction, or pressure on the skin
- Hormonal complications (e.g., hormonal imbalance and overactive hormones)
Sometimes, the follicle wall produces a whitehead; then, the plug opens and darkens in color when exposed to bacteria and oil in the air.
What are the treatments for acne?
Acne treatments prevent damage to your skin and prevent scarring by managing and reducing your symptoms. Different acne medications work to kill bacteria, accelerate cell turnover, and decrease oil production and inflammation.
For most causes and types of acne, Dr. Rothfleisch prescribes a topical prescription-strength medication, such as those containing benzoyl peroxide, retinoid, or salicylic acid. For severe acne symptoms, such as nodules and cysts, he might recommend oral medications like Isotretinoin or an antibiotic.
To improve your skin health and address any cosmetic concerns caused by acne, Dr. Rothfleisch provides effective acne, scarring, and skin treatments:
- Laser skin resurfacing
- Birth control pills and other medications to control hormones
Dr. Rothfleisch might recommend more than one treatment for the best results. Schedule your appointment online or call today to get your personalized acne treatment plan.