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Body Treatments Specialist

Ohio Dermatology Center

Dermatology located in Gahanna, OH & New Albany, OH

Acne can bring on embarrassment, discomfort, and frustration at any age — but, fortunately, you don’t have to live with it anymore. At Ohio Dermatology Center, dedicated dermatologist Larisa Ravitskiy, MD, offers all-encompassing acne solutions, as well as a variety of specialized treatments for rosacea, vascular lesions, and other skin problems. There are two offices in Gahanna and New Albany, Ohio, so call the one nearest you or click the online scheduler.

Body Treatments Q & A

What causes acne?

There are many possible causes of acne, but clogged pores are the underlying cause. Pores often become clogged with excess oil production, bacteria, dead skin, or a combination of these things. 

Medical experts also believe that hormones contribute to acne development.

Is adult acne normal?

Because you can develop acne for a variety of reasons, it can happen at any age. Teenage acne is very common, usually starting at around age 12. Adult acne often occurs in your 20s, 30s, and beyond. 

Menopausal acne is also quite common in women in their 40s and 50s. Hormonal acne can happen at any age.

A newer common cause of teenage and adult acne is nicknamed “maskne.” This type of acne can develop because of frequent face mask use. The face mask can rub against your skin, trapping oil, sweat, and dirt in your pores to trigger breakouts. 

What is the difference between acne and rosacea?

Acne and rosacea can look very similar, but they’re two different conditions requiring unique treatment approaches. 

In general, rosacea is typically localized over the medial cheek, nose, forehead, and chin areas. Acne can appear anywhere on the face, chest, back, or other areas.

Acne usually causes bumps (whiteheads or blackheads), which can be quite large. Rosacea is more likely to cause smaller bumps that occur in clusters. Rosacea can also cause skin thickening, including rhinophyma, a bumpy, bulbous nose. 

The best way to know which condition you have is a skin exam at Ohio Dermatology Center. Dr. Ravitskiy skillfully assesses your breakouts, reviews your medical history, and discusses your lifestyle with you to find out what you’re dealing with and how to clear your skin.

How do you treat acne?

Acne treatment depends on your acne triggers and your particular needs. Common options include:

  • Chemical peels 
  • Vbeam pulsed-dye laser treatments for acne scarring
  • Topical skin treatments
  • Oral medication
  • Skin care routine changes

Rosacea often requires different treatments, such as rhinophyma surgery. Laser rosacea treatments can also be very effective for tiny veins and other skin discoloration. 

Ohio Dermatology Center is here to help with all kinds of acne, so you don’t have to live with red skin, bumps, and pain any longer. Call the office nearest you or schedule an appointment online.