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Control Acne  - MODLX Acne Treatment - Upper West Side,  NYC

What is Acne and Who Gets it?

Acne is one of the most common skin conditions in the U.S. While most teenagers experience acne to some degree, acne occurs in adults as well. Males are more commonly affected than females. The severity can range from mild to severe. Acne develops when there is an overproduction of oil in the skin. That oil mixes with bacteria within the pores and blocks the pore openings. This causes inflammation just under the skin, which results in lesions which can be anything from small, discreet bumps to large cysts. Acne can include “blackheads” and “whiteheads” caused by blocked pores, pimples, and deeper lumps such as cysts or nodules. Acne may occur anywhere on the body but is most often seen on the face, neck, shoulders, back, chest, and upper arms. Untreated acne usually lasts about 4-5 years before settling. However, it can last for many years in some cases.

Acne Comes in Different Forms:

  • Mild Acne - refers to the whiteheads or blackheads that most of us get at various times
  • Moderate Acne - includes red inflamed pimples called "papule" and red pimples with white centers called "pustules"
  • Severe Acne - causes "nodules" - painful, pus-filled cysts or lumps that appear under the skin
Acne and Blemishes can often cause a great deal of emotional distress, particularly when it results in scarring which can become quite severe. Fortunately, there are solutions for improving acne and acne scarring. At MODLX, these include our signature "Trifecta Skin Rejuvenator", Vi Peel,, Silkpeel DermalinfusionMicropen, IPL ( Intense Pulsed Light) treatments and a customized home skin care regimen.

What Makes Acne Worse?

  • Picking and squeezing acne spots may cause further inflammation and scarring.
  • Sweating heavily or humid conditions may make acne worse. Extra sweat can contribute to blocking pores.
  • In women, the hormonal changes around the monthly period may cause a flare-up of spots.
  • Research suggests that diets high in sugar and milk products may make acne worse.
  • Spots may develop under tight clothes. For example, under headbands, tight bra straps, tight collars, etc. This too may be due to increased sweating and/or friction under tight clothing.
  • Some medicines can make acne worse. For example, phenytoin which some people take for epilepsy, and steroid creams and ointments that are used for eczema. Do not stop a prescribed medicine if you suspect it is making your acne worse, but tell your doctor. An alternative may be an option.
  • Progestogen-only contraceptive may make acne worse.
  • Anabolic steroids (which some bodybuilders take illegally) can make acne worse.
  • Thick or greasy make-up may, possibly, make acne worse. However, most make-up does not affect acne. You can use make-up to cover some mild spots. Non-comedogenic or oil-free products are most helpful for acne-prone skin types.

Acne Myths:

Acne is not just a simple skin infection. The cause is a complex interaction of changing hormones, sebum, overgrowth of normally harmless bacteria, inflammation, etc. Some people believe that acne cannot be helped by medical treatment. This is not true. Medical Treatments will usually work well if used correctly.
  • It's is not caused by poor hygiene, in fact, excessive cleaning may make it worse.
  • Stress is not a culprit.
  • It is not contagious.
  • Cannot be cured by drinking lots of water.
  • There is no evidence to say that sunbathing or sun beds will help to clear acne.

Acne in People with Dark Skin

Acne can occur in any skin type. But due to its link to hyperpigmentation, it is of greatest concern for people with dark skin. If you have dark skin and develop acne, see a dermatologist skilled in treating ethnic complexions as soon as possible. The earlier you seek treatment, the less likely you are to suffer permanent pigmentation scars. MODLX on the Upper West Side of NYC can help improve and maintain skin with Acne and prevent future scarring for all skin types and color. Come in for a complimentary consultation with our skincare professionals. Let us help you by customizing treatment options to help prevent, control, correct and maintain.

Skin Care for People with Acne

  • It is very important to have a medical grade home skin care regimen. (Available at MODLX)
  • Do not wash more than normal. Twice a day is normal for most people. Use a medical grade cleanser and lukewarm water. (Very hot or cold water may worsen acne.) Do not scrub hard when washing acne-affected skin.
  • Do not use abrasive soaps, cleansing granules, astringents, or exfoliating agents. Use a soft washcloth and fingers instead. Excess washing and scrubbing may cause more inflammation, and possibly make acne worse.
  • You cannot clean off blackheads. The black tip of a blackhead is actually melanin (skin pigment) and cannot be removed by cleaning or scrubbing. Microdermabrasion and chemicals peels are great for blackhead removal.
  • Some topical acne treatments may dry the skin. Do not use ointments or oil-rich creams, as these may clog pores.

Treatment Options for Acne at MODLX:

Treatments depend on how severe the acne scars are. For milder acne scarring cases, a light chemical peel or SilkPeel may be needed to help improve the appearance of scarred areas. If you have severe acne scarring from previous bouts with acne, there are several treatment options available at MODLX:
Chemical Peels: The Medical Grade Chemical Peels used at MODLX contain a chemical solution which is applied directly to the skin to remove the damaged top layers. MODLX's chemical peels available range from light to strong and may be comprised of glycolic acid, trichloroacetic acid, salicylic acid, or phenol. Our Stronger Chemical Peels are able to improve the appearance of atrophic acne scars. In general, deeper chemical peels are more effective on acne scarring, though they do carry a greater risk and more downtime and extensive recovery.
SilkPeel Dermalinfusion: The SilkPeel Treatment for Acne at MODLX utilizes a specialized Pore Clarifying therapy that combines abrasive tips designed to remove the top layers of the skin and break up the pore-blocking debris withClarityMD® Bionutrient Complex Pro-Infusion Solution. Blackheads and whiteheads are pulled out of skin, along with excess oil and other impurities that may be aggravating to acne. Effective on oily and acne prone skin, You will see a visible difference  in your tone, texture, color and overall radiance
Microdermabrasion: The Diamond Tip Medical Grade Microdermabrasion available at MODLX uses an abrasive tool which removes the outer layers of damaged skin in order to resurface the skin and improve its appearance. Varying techniques may be used, though deeper methods are typically more effective on acne scarring. However, these may include a more involved recovery and greater risk. Microdermabrasion may not be effective on deep ice pick scars. It can improve acne to some degree, as well as hyperpigmentation caused by acne, and will leave the skin smoother and refreshed in appearance. This is a painless procedure with no associated recovery or downtime. However, up to 15 treatments may be necessary to effectively treat acne discoloration.
Eclipse Micropen Turbo Elite: The Micropen works at a deeper level of the skin than laser resurfacing or dermabrasion. Because the MicroPen doesn't wound the top layer of tissue, healing time is shorter. Downtime, you may just look a bit sunburned for a couple of days. 
Laser Resurfacing: One of our certified Laser Technicians can use Laser Resurfacing to help with Acne Scarring. The laser works by removing the damaged top layer of skin and tightens the middle layer, leaving skin smoother. Treatment times can take anywhere from a few minutes to an hour. Downtime is between 3 and 10 days for the skin to heal completely. 
Fractional CO2 Laser Treatment: This type of Laser treatment works at a deeper level of the skin than laser resurfacing, the MicroPen or microdermabrasion. 
Intense Pulsed Light (IPL): Pulsed Light treatments use a high-energy beam of light to destroy the outer layers of the skin to reveal newer, undamaged skin. They can effectively treat acne scarring but may involve some downtime and risk. 
Dermal (Soft Tissue) Fillers: Dermal fillers, also referred to as soft tissue fillers or injectable fillers, are substances which add volume to the skin. Fillers can be used to improve acne scarring by filling in pitted or depressed areas. They are especially good for "rolling" acne scars, where the doctor will inject the filler under the scar to raise it to the level of normal skin. This however is a temporary solution and repeat injections are needed to maintain the effect. 
Customized Home Skincare Regimen: Skin Care Products are not only important for skin condition improvement, prevention and maintenance they are also an invaluable necessity for protection from the sun. Our staff will help you select products to prevent, correct and maintain any skin condition you have concerns with.