Q&A with Dr. Schlessinger

Your commonly asked questions answered.

What Is Acne?

Acne is a common cosmetic issue that everyone goes through at various stages of their lives and for varying reasons. A few common factors that can cause an acne breakout include when your skin’s pores get clogged due to excess sebum or “oil” production, an accumulation of dead skin cells which can also clog pores, bacterial infections, changes in hormone levels and even cosmetic products. When these happen, a break out of pimples including whiteheads, blackheads, and painful cystic lesions can occur. The way these lesions present themselves can vary in terms of size, color, quantity, and location. Some of the worst acne outbreaks can result in painful swelling of the face that is extremely sensitive to the touch. Untreated acne can also result in permanent scarring.

What Will My Consultation Be Like?

During a consultation, our providers will carefully assess your acne. They’ll ask questions regarding lifestyle factors that can lead to acne, along with questions about your complete medical history and all past treatments.

After developing a greater understanding of the condition, our team will discuss treatment options with you, in detail, and recommend an ideal course of treatment which may include topical or oral prescription medications, an at-home skin care regimen, along with laser or med spa treatments.

How Can I Prevent Acne?

One of the best ways to prevent acne break outs is proper hygiene. Maintaining a healthy diet is also important. Avoiding products such as cow’s milk, body building supplements or proteins can also help prevent acne caused by hormonal fluctuations. Other ways to prevent acne are through simple lifestyle changes such as choosing the right skin care products, limiting sun exposure, avoiding tanning beds and by drinking plenty of water to keep yourself and your skin hydrated.

“I always love seeing the results of our treatments for acne. It can make a huge difference in patients’ lives and self-confidence!”

Dr. Joel Schlessinger