Dr. Dele-michael

Acne / Acne Treatments

Acne / Acne Treatments

What is acne vulgaris?

Acne vulgaris is a very common skin condition that affects the oil glands of the skin and causes pimples. Acne vulgaris can affect the face, neck, chest, back and arms. Acne vulgaris affects approximately 40–50 million individuals each year in the US alone.

What are the different types of acne?

Acne vulgaris can manifest as blackheads and whiteheads (comedones), red inflamed bumps (inflammatory acne), painful acne cysts and nodules (cystic acne). Acne vulgaris can lead to blemishes (brown discoloration) and acne scarring.

Who does acne affect?

Although acne vulgaris is most common in teenagers, acne vulgaris can affects adults (adult acne) and children (neonatal or childhood acne).

Do I have adult acne?

This type of acne is most common in women 25 years and older and typically features painful, acne cysts on the lower face (chin, jaw line) and neck. Adult acne flare-ups are common around the menstrual cycle.

What causes acne?

Oil glands produce oil (sebum) and are connected to the skin surface via pores or hair follicles. A rise in androgen hormones during puberty and in conjunction with the menstrual cycle can lead to increased production of sebum. When sebum production increases and dead skin cells fail to shed correctly, hair follicles become blocked by a plug of sebum and dead skin cells (clogged pore). Bacteria called Propionibacterium acnes may infect the clogged pore and cause acne.

What is the best acne treatment for my skin?

During your consultation at our practice for acne treatment in New York City, Dr. Dele-Michael will determine the type of acne you have, and tailor your acne treatment accordingly to produce best results. Some acne treatments include acne surgery (comedone extraction), chemical peels, acne cyst injection, topical acne treatments (retinoids, topical antibiotics), oral acne medications and the use of Isotretinoin (Accutane).

Acne Treatments offered at Radiant Skin NYC

  • topical prescription medications
  • oral prescription medications
  • Acne laser treatment
  • chemical peels
  • Facials
  • Isotretinoin (Accutane)
  • Cortisone shots (Intralesional steroid treatment)
  • Acne surgery (extraction of whiteheads and blackheads), cyst treatment

Are there treatments for my acne scars and blemishes?

Acne scarring can be treated with lasers and/or chemical peels. Acne blemishes (discoloration) can be treated with prescription creams and chemical peels. These are available at our NYC acne treatment practice with an appointment.

What is cystic acne?

Cystic acne aka nodulocystic acne is the most severe type of acne vulgaris. Acne cysts are painful, fluid-filled lumps within the skin. They can occur on the face, neck, arms, chest, back and shoulders. Cystic acne can lead to acne scarring and acne blemishes.

Can acne affect me emotionally and socially?

Yes, acne sufferers often feel embarrassed, self-conscious, socially isolated, sad or depressed. Dr. Dele-Michael understands that acne vulgaris can have significant negative impact on the quality of life of acne sufferers, which is why she developed the acne vulgaris Radiant Skin Solution TM consultation to address your acne needs.

Acne photofacial treatments

We have combined two of our most effective tools in treating acne for the benefit of our patients who want to put acne in their past and reveal clear, radiant skin more quickly. Our Acne photofacial treatments comprise of carefully selected Chemical peels, facials and Acne Bluelight treatment performed by our knowledgeable staff.

Packages start from $150 (limited time offer, please call 212-520-7694 for details)

Chemical peels

Chemical peels are very effective in the treatment of acne and acne scars. They are natural-occuring acids that chemically exfoliate the top layers of the skin. This chemical exfoliation signals new skin cells inside the skin to produce more rapidly, which can help hasten skin turnover and prevent pores from becoming clogged (see cartoon below). Development of a clogged pore (open or closed comedones) is critical in acne formation, so therapy targeted at reducing clogged pores are important. When chemical peels are combined with other acne treatments, the results are dramatic and can help achieve clear skin quickly. Make an appointment to consult with our board-certified dermatologist today to see if this is the right treatment for you.

Acne Photofacial Peel

Acne Biofilm

How to prepare for your chemical peel treatment

  • Prepare your skin by cleansing twice a day, apply sunscreen daily, avoid excessive sun exposure
  • Use of products containing retinoids, glycolic acid, and salicylic acid, as well as scrubs, microdermabrasion and waxing should be avoided for 3 days before and for 1 week after a chemical peel.

What happens during treatment?

  • Your skin is cleansed and prepared for the chemical peel solution.
  • The appropriate chemical peel solution determined based on the severity of your acne is applied to treat the skin.
  • You may experience mild tingling or stinging sensation which stops when the solution is neutralized.
  • You will be provided written after-care instructions.

What happens after treatment?

  • Peeling starts on the face: 1-3 days after the procedure; on the body: 5-7 days after the procedure.
  • During the peeling process, the skin may appear dry and flaky.
  • Hydrating moisturizers and sunscreen must be used regularly for 7 days after the procedure. Use of these products helps achieve better healing and relieves the peeling process.
  • You will be able to return to work or other activities immediately after your chemical peel.
  • Peels can be repeated in 2-4 weeks. A series of 3-6 treatments may be required depending on your goals and the severity of your acne.

Some of our acne photofacial chemical peels are: Glycolic Acid (Alpha Hydroxy Acid), Salicylic Acid (Beta Hydroxy Acid), Jessner Peel etc in strengths tailored to the severity of your acne.

Blue Light TherapyBlue Light Therapy Spectrum Image


The blue light wavelength treats acne by selectively targeting P.acnes , the bacteria responsible for causing acne.

LED light therapy treatment protocol

Relax while your skin is bathed in soothing light.

Blue light treatments are painless and relaxing and each session lasts about 10-20 minutes. Two treatments per week for 4 weeks are recommended to achieve optimal result. Afterward, a maintenance program is recommended based on your treatment goals.

Why should you choose the Acne Photofacial service at Radiant Skin NYC

  1. Affordable
  2. Effective
  3. Non-invasive
  4. Safe for all skin types
  5. Visible results
  6. Long term results and a simple maintenance plan
  7. Ideal for men and women of all skin types

call (212) 229-0007 today to schedule a consultation.

Before & After Blue Light Therapy