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What is acne?

Acne is a skin condition that most Americans are quite familiar with, since 90% of teens, 50% of adult women and 25% of all adults have acne! It crosses gender lines, with males and females both equally affected with this embarrassing problem. At Skin Laser & Surgery Specialists in New York and New Jersey, our board-certified dermatologists are consummately experienced in helping relieve the symptoms of acne.

What causes acne?

Let’s first dispel some myths. Chocolate doesn’t cause acne. In fact, many researchers say that food has nothing to do with the development of acne. Acne comes about from a combination of factors that are far beneath the surface of your skin that contribute to the formation of acne.

A pimple actually starts about 2-3 weeks before you see it pop up to the surface of your skin. It starts in the sebaceous hair follicles, more commonly known as the pores. Deep inside the pores the sebaceous glands create sebum. Sebum is a special skin oil that keeps the skin supple and moist. Without sebum, your skin would be terribly dry and flaky.

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As your skin cells are created, the new cells push the old ones away. The older skin cells mix with the sebum on the surface of the skin and are sloughed off by washing, touching the face, having your face in your pillow at night, etc.

For people without acne, the sloughing off of these skin cells is a relatively smooth process.

However, if the shedding skin cells don’t slough off, they can become sticky from the sebum, bunch together and form a plug in the follicle, similar to a cork in a bottle. The cork (plug) traps the oil and bacteria inside the follicle, which then begins to swell as more oil is produced but trapped by the plug. Eventually, the body attacks this bacteria-laden plug with white cells in an effort to eliminate it. This is what creates a pimple.

How do our providers break the mold in addressing acne?

Our dermatologists are quite skilled in the treatment of acne here at Skin Laser & Surgery Specialists. They treat acne in both teens and adults.

As the first step, they will carefully evaluate your skin in order to make the best treatment recommendation based on the severity, extent and location of the condition. When it comes to milder treatment, topical medicines that contain vitamin A products (like Retin-A, and Tazorac) are agents that are particularly effective in treating whiteheads and blackheads. Other acne treatments that we use are topical antibiotics and other topical medications, oral antibiotics, and laser treatments.

However, in addition to the standard regimens, Skin Laser & Surgery Specialists is an internationally recognized center that uses non-antibiotic approaches to treating acne. In fact, over a decade ago, Dr. Golberg was among the first to show the efficacy and safety in using painless, low level blue and red level light in the treatment of acne.

Due to our enormous experience in the use of lasers in the treatment of acne, we are one of only a few centers in the US that have been chosen to perform both pivotal FDA studies in the use of novel new topical products, as well as the use of laser activated silver and gold nanoparticles in the treatment of acne. If you are looking for an alternative approach in the treatment of acne, come to Skin Laser & Surgery Specialists of New York and New Jersey.

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What is the cost of acne treatment in our New York and New Jersey offices?

Acne treatment varies for each patient, therefore, the cost for treatment can only be provided after a thorough consultation and exam with one of our board-certified dermatologists. Our office also accepts CareCredit™ and Alphaeon Credit™ to help you rapidly get the treatment you see.

How do I get started?

The providers at Skin Laser & Surgery Specialists will be happy to discuss our treatments for skin issues with you. Please feel free to schedule a private consultation at one of our offices in New York or New Jersey.

Dr. Goldberg and his staff at Skin Laser & Surgery Specialists provide personalized care to our patients with state-of-the-art technology for optimal health, aesthetics, and patient satisfaction. To receive more information or to schedule a consultation, call (201) 299-4521 to speak with our friendly staff.

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Skin Laser & Surgery Specials of NY & NJ is now a division of Schweiger Dermatology Group.

Practice Policy Update Regarding COVID-19

The health and safety of our patients and staff is our top priority. Our in-office safety policies are aligned with the latest guidelines issued by the CDC and local government officials related to COVID-19.

New safety policies for patients:

  • Patients will undergo screening questions and receive comprehensive instructions about our new policies prior to their appointment.
  • To minimize contact, we will offer patients virtual check in and check out.
  • Patients will be instructed to come to the office wearing a mask.
  • Patient temperatures will be checked via forehead scanners upon arrival to the office.
  • We have reorganized our offices to maximize social distancing and cleanliness, and we have altered workflows to allow patients to wait outside or in their cars until their exam room is ready. Patients will be contacted via text message or phone call when the provider is ready for the visit to begin.
  • We are asking for patients to arrive at their appointment alone. For children and adult patients who require a caretaker, one adult may accompany the patient.
  • Patients who are sick or have had exposures to COVID-19 will be rescheduled.
  • Offices will be cleaned and disinfected frequently throughout the day.
  • Teledermatology appointments remain available for patients who prefer to be seen virtually.

New safety policies for office & staff:

  • All of our staff have completed training on all new workflows and infection prevention measures.
  • All of our clinical staff will be wearing appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) during patient encounters to include masks and eye protection.
  • Our exam rooms are sanitized before and after every patient visit.
  • All SLSS team members will be screened for symptoms and/or fever daily prior to coming to work.
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