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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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Practice Policy Update Regarding COVID-19

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Practice Policy Update Regarding COVID-19

If your concern is a true medical emergency, please call 911 or go to your nearest emergency room

A message from Dr. David Goldberg and the team at Skin Laser & Surgery Specialists of NY & NJ:

Dear Patients,

Our providers and staff recognize that we are all faced with difficult times as this pandemic continues to unfold throughout our area. However, the continuation of your care remains our top priority!

At this time, our New York City office is temporarily closed.

In our effort to provide you with the highest level of service, the Hackensack and Hillsborough NJ offices will remain open until further notice with limited hours of availability. We ask for your understanding with our protocols on hand washing and social distancing when you arrive for your appointment. Please do not come to the office if you are experiencing a cough, fever, shortness of breath, or other symptoms associated with COVID-19.

Should you prefer not to visit the office in person, our providers are now offering virtual office visits. This is commonly known as telemedicine, or in this case, teledermatology. Our dedicated concierge team will assist you in scheduling a virtual appointment with your provider, including those in the New York City office.

Currently, the government mandates that the only way to have these virtual visits is to communicate via FaceTime, Skype, Zoom, or WhatsApp video. This is because your medical providers needs to see you, and you can show the provider the problem area of your body that you are concerned about. You will also be able to discuss any other issues regarding your ongoing care or for any new skin concerns you may have. Your provider may tell you that an in-person visit may be required for testing or more in-depth examination. In that case, a concierge team member will reach out to schedule an in-office visit.

To schedule your in-person or virtual appointment, please call our office at 908-359-8980 or email [email protected] Our concierge team members will schedule a time for your medical provider to call you back. We have set aside times for all of our medical providers to call you for your virtual appointment.

Please be aware that virtual visits must be billed to your medical health insurance just as they would for an in-person office visit. If your insurance has recently changed, please have that information ready to provide to our team members. Depending on your insurance plan, you may have financial obligations such as co-pays, deductibles, and co-insurance just as you would for an in-office visit (at the present time, the government has only waived co-pays related to COVID-19 testing).

We understand that this is a stressful time, but we are here for you!

Stay safe and healthy,

Dr. David Goldberg and the team at Skin Laser & Surgery Specialists of NY & NJ

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