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What Is Acne?

Acne is a skin disease that develops when pores in the skin become clogged with oil and dead cells. These pores are actually hair follicles with glands that produce an oil called sebum. An overproduction of oil, or sebum, causes the pores to become blocked with a build-up of dirt, dead skin cells, and bacteria. As a result, physical blemishes protrude in the form of pimples, blackheads, whiteheads, papules, pustules, nodules, cysts, and other lesions. Areas prone to acne include the face, neck, chest, back, and shoulders – all sites of oil glands.

Acne, informally referred to as zits, pimples, and blemishes, is the most common skin condition people experience. 

The board-certified dermatologists at the Millburn Laser Center tend to every single patient — and consider various factors to find the best treatment option. Rather than cookie-cutter treatments, the practice prides itself on its individualized approach, which may include topical and oral medications, lasers and/or aesthetician treatments.

Who Gets Acne?

Most people develop acne to some degree during their lifetime. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, over 50 million people in the U.S. have acne, approximately 85% being teenagers. Acne can occur in most age groups and can persist into adulthood, especially for women.


Acne Causes

Triggers for acne formation are not clear, but there are certain factors that are tied to acne. Hormonal changes, for instance, have been associated with excess production of sebum, which could potentially explain acne breakouts in teenagers and women who are either pregnant or on their period. Individuals who are genetically predisposed to acne — if family members have acne — are likely to develop it as well. There are many myths about acne as well, and you can read about them on

Exact causes of acne may be unknown, but aggravating the skin can initiate acne. Examples include:


  • Picking or prodding your acne lesions

  • Wearing clothing and accessories that block the skin (e.g. sports helmets and hats)

  • Humid weather conditions and air pollution


Acne Treatment

While a simple self-care routine, such as regularly cleaning the face with a mild cleanser and not touching the face, can help manage mild acne, applying topical medications can help effectively treat and prevent the skin condition. It is important to have the correct acne treatment prescribed by a dermatologist.

The three most common medications used at Millburn Laser Center to treat acne include:

  • Benzoyl Peroxide – Available as an over-the-counter medication, it comes in the form of a face wash or leave-on gel and targets the skin’s surface bacteria.
  • Retinoids – Vitamin A derivatives that are available over-the-counter. It prevents clogged pores and the formation of new acne bumps.
  • Antibiotics – Can be applied to the skin or taken orally to control the skin’s surface bacteria, which aggravates skin inflammation. 

Depending on the severity of your acne, we may suggest various cosmetic procedures to treat acne, such as:

  • Chemical peel – An acidic solution (alpha or beta hydroxy acid) is applied to the skin. It exfoliates the skin by destroying dead skin cells while unclogging pores to make way for new skin to regenerate, helping acne blemishes and scars fade.
  • Dermabrasion – A diamond wheel or wire brush is used to remove layers of the skin and causes new, healthy skin to grow back. It treats acne and acne scars by evening out the skin’s texture and color. 
  • Laser skin resurfacing – Beams of light or infrared rays are used to remove the top layer of the skin, break down dead skin cells, and stimulate collagen production.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Can Chocolate And Fried Foods Make Acne Worse?

A: While chocolate and greasy food like pizza and fries are often blamed for acne, there is no evidence that suggests they have a significant effect on acne. To be on the safe side, don’t touch your face with greasy hands.

Q: Do My Acne Breakouts Mean I Need To Wash My Face More Often?

A: Not necessarily. Washing your face with a mild cleanser twice a day is enough. In fact, aggressively scrubbing your face will simply aggravate your acne. 

Q: Can I Still Wear Makeup If I Have Acne?

A: Yes. It’s all about choosing the right products for your face. Look for products that are non-greasy, hypoallergenic, non-irritating, oil-free, and “non comedogenic,” which means they won’t clog your pores. And remember, if you do wear makeup over your acne, be sure you properly remove it before going to bed.

Q: Will I Have Acne Forever?

A: For most people, acne goes away on its own (usually at the end of puberty). For others, acne will be a constant struggle in adulthood and may cause scarring. Acne scarring is permanent and is more difficult to remove. Acne, however, can be successfully treated. It’s just a matter of living a healthy lifestyle, finding the right treatment for you, maintaining good hygiene, and sticking to a skincare regimen. 

Q: When Should I See A Dermatologist?

A: There isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution for acne treatment. It is time to see a dermatologist when you’ve tried plenty of non-prescription measures that don’t produce positive results after a couple of months (around 4-12 weeks), if your acne is getting worse or spreading, and if scars develop as the lesions clear up. We will be able to recommend the best form of treatment for your acne. Acne can also affect self-confidence and self-esteem if left untreated.

Schedule an Acne Treatment Consultation in Millburn, New Jersey

If you have tried numerous methods to clear your skin and are still struggling with persistent acne, now is the right time to consult with a dermatologist. At the Millburn Laser Center, our team of highly-trained board-certified dermatologists will advise the best treatment plan to help reveal your best skin. Are you ready to get rid of acne once and for all? Contact us at 973-315-8590 today to start your journey to clear, beautiful skin.

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