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June 02, 2021
Category: Skin Care
Tags: acne  

Acne is one of the most popular reasons people seek out a dermatologist. If you are struggling with acne, Newton Wellesley Dermatology Associates can help. Our skilled dermatologists in Wellesley Hills, MA, can perform and prescribe various treatments for acne and we will work with you to find the best treatment for your case.


Acne happens when a blockage in your pores prevents your oil glands, or sebaceous glands, from releasing oil onto the skin's surface. It gets clogged up and creates either a whitehead or blackhead. Both white and blackheads can become inflamed and produce the red pustules associated with acne.

Picking and scratching at acne is hard to resist, but it's so important to do what you can to not irritate the acne further. It causes infections and can even lead to permanent scarring when you pick and scratch. Acne can be unsightly and bothersome, but there are a variety of treatment options available to you in Wellesley Hills, MA.

Treatment options

There is no quick fix for acne, but we can help find the right treatment process for you. Treatments for acne include:

  • Benzoyl peroxide is effective for more mild cases of acne. It's a topical treatment, usually in a face wash, that you use consistently for the best results
  • Oral and topical antibiotics are used to treat any infection in the pores so your skin can heal.
  • A form of Vitamin A called tretinoin helps unplug blocked-up material and renew skin with a topical treatment
  • Hormonal treatments are available if your acne is caused by changes in hormone levels
  • Extraction is the physical removal of black and whiteheads with the help of tools. Your dermatologist uses a sterile metal instrument to help remove the blockages

Whatever type of acne you have or complications you experience, our dermatologists will find the right combination of treatments for you. Newton Wellesley Dermatology Associates helps patients of all ages with symptoms of acne. Contact us for an appointment in Wellesley Hills, MA, at (781) 237-3500.

April 10, 2020
Category: Dermatology
Tags: acne  

There’s a myriad of acne treatment options out there, from washes, gels, and creams, to procedures and prescription medications. Due to this variety, it can also be extremely tough to pinpoint which ones will be most effective for you. Likewise, the best acne treatment for you will heavily depend on what specific type of acne you’re suffering from and how severe it is.

Fortunately, a visit to one of the dermatologists here at Newton Wellesley Dermatology Associates, P.C. in Wellesley, MA, can help you narrow your options—read on to learn more.

Non-Prescription Treatment Options for Acne

If you have mild acne, you can start with OTC treatments that don’t require a prescription. Facial cleansers with salicylic acid are especially great for acne since they help get rid of excess oil and clears out your pores. If you have sensitive skin, find a cleanser that’s specially formulated for sensitive skin. Aside from a facial wash, you’ll also need specific products that will target acne. These include products with adapalene and benzoyl peroxide.

The combination of these ingredients is typically the starting point for combatting acne. Adapalene is a retinoid derived from vitamin A. This functions by increasing the turnover of skin cells to help unclog pores and keep them clear. Benzoyl peroxide also helps in drying out acne, thus unclogging pores and killing the bacteria that causes acne to develop. Do take note that you need to use the treatments for two to three months at least to see if they work to keep your acne at bay.

When to Consult a Dermatologist for Acne

You can consult your dermatologist in Wellesley, MA, at any time during your acne treatment journey. Yes, most people start off with drugstore treatments, which might work for some. But no two acne cases are completely the same, and your dermatologist will be able to give you customized treatments and advice that will be tailor-fitted to your specific case.

Further, it’s important to note that nodules (which are very painful masses that are located under-the-skin) and cystic acne, (which is inflamed acne due to a damaged follicle wall) are immensely tough to get rid of. If you suffer from one of these severe types of acne, OTC treatments won’t work, and you will need a personalized treatment plan from your dermatologist.

Tired of Battling Acne On Your Own? We Can Help

Dial (781) 237-3500 to schedule your consultation with one of the dermatologists here at Newton Wellesley Dermatology Associates, P.C. in Wellesley, MA.

March 09, 2020
Category: Dermatology
Tags: acne  

Get your acne symptoms under control with help from your dermatologist.

Treating acne isn’t always simple. That’s because there are many things that can cause this skin issue, meaning that you will need a treatment plan that will target the root cause rather than just the acne itself. Although finding out what’s causing your acne can be a bit difficult, the dermatologists here at Newton Wellesley Dermatology Association in Wellesley Hills, MA, have the expertise and tools necessary to help.

Treating Acne

While we certainly wish that treating acne was as simple as handing everyone the same type of cream or medication, it simply doesn’t work like that. Acne is a complex skin problem that involves a variety of different factors, so it requires different types of treatments. Fortunately, our dermatologists offer a wide range of acne treatments that are designed to target all causes of acne to help you obtain clearer skin. Some of the most common forms include:

Topical medication

There are certain acne-fighting ingredients that will need to be present within your medication in order to help treat acne. Some of these ingredients include benzoyl peroxide (which is great for unclogging pores and destroying acne-causing bacteria), salicylic acid, glycolic acid, and retinoids (for more serious and stubborn forms of acne).

The goal is not to pile up the skin with a ton of different acne-fighting creams, ointments, and cleaners, which will often just lead to further irritation; we will work with you to find the right combination or single medication that your skin responds best to.

Oral Medication

There are types of oral medications that can also fight acne bacteria, including certain antibiotics (think doxycycline). While antibiotics aren’t often used to treat acne, they may still provide you with effective results. Conversely, women who deal with acne may also see results from taking birth control pills.

If you’re dealing with severe cystic acne that isn’t responding to other treatment options, then your doctor may recommend a powerful medication, isotretinoin (better known as Accutane).

Other Options

Of course, our dermatologists also offer other ways to unclog pores, clean skin, and shrink enlarged oil glands. These other options include:

  • Extractions (to remove blackheads and whiteheads)
  • Chemical peels
  • Facials
  • Laser therapy


Want Clearer Skin? Give Us a Call

Don’t let acne affect your appearance and your confidence. Our Wellesley, MA, skin doctors can create the right treatment plan to effectively manage your acne. To learn more about the acne treatments that we offer, call Newton Wellesley Dermatology Association at (781) 237-3500.

By Newton Wellesley Dermatology Associates, P.C.
December 27, 2019
Category: Dermatology
Tags: acne  

How your dermatologists in Wellesley Hills, MA, can help give you clear skin

Acne can do damage to your self-esteem and self-confidence, and it can do damage to your skin. Acne can leave scars behind, even after the acne is gone. Your dermatologist can help treat your acne and give you back your clear, beautiful skin. The dermatologists at Newton Wellesley Dermatology Associates in Wellesley, Hills, MA, offer a full line of skincare solutions including treatment approaches for acne.

If you have acne, you are not alone. In fact, acne affects more people in this country than any other skin condition, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. It’s caused by your pores becoming clogged with excess oil, bacteria, and dead skin cells. When your pores are clogged, they become inflamed, swollen, red, and painful. Acne can take on many forms including blackheads, whiteheads, and cysts which contain pus.

Acne also doesn't discriminate according to age. Both teenagers and adults are affected by acne blemishes and acne scarring. Acne is not only unsightly, but it can affect you emotionally, causing social stigma and other issues. Many people affected by acne initially turn to over-the-counter acne treatments.

Over-the-counter acne treatments containing salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide may work for mild cases of acne. For moderate to severe acne cases, you need to see a professional, your dermatologist. Some common approaches to acne treatment include:

  • Tretinoin, which helps to unplug clogged pores
  • Professional strength benzoyl peroxide, which reduces pore blockage
  • Oral and topical antibiotic medication to treat an underlying bacterial infection
  • Manual extraction of blackheads and whiteheads using an extraction tool
  • Treatments for hormone-related acne

If you have acne scarring in addition to acne, your dermatologist can help with that too. Chemical peels, laser resurfacing, and other techniques are very effective ways to diminish acne scars. To find out more about approaches to acne treatment and acne scarring, call the dermatologists at Newton Wellesley Dermatology Associates in Wellesley, Hills, MA, at (781) 237-3500 today!

July 18, 2018
Category: Dermatology
Tags: acne  

AcneHow your dermatologists in Wellesley Hills can help you get relief from acne

Do you suffer from acne breakouts that happen when you least expect it? Acne is a common, annoying skin condition that can dramatically affect your looks and how you feel about yourself. You can get control of your acne, and your dermatologists at Newton Wellesley Dermatology Associates in Wellesley Hills, MA, want to help.

Acne is caused when bacteria, oil, and dead skin cells block your pores. The blocked pores become inflamed, swollen, and red. Acne can become worse from diet, environmental factors, stress, and other factors.

Acne breakouts can show up in different ways, from small pinpoint blackheads or whiteheads to large, painful pustules and cysts. The good news is there are several effective treatments depending on the level of severity of your acne.

For mild acne, sometimes over-the-counter treatments may be all you need. You should look for products containing benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid.

For moderate to severe acne that doesn’t respond to over-the-counter products, you need the services of an expert. The dermatologists at Newton Wellesley Dermatology Associates will recommend several effective treatments which include:

  • Benzoyl peroxide products to reduce blocked pores
  • Topical and oral antibiotics to eliminate infection
  • Tretinoin medication to unblock pores
  • Extraction treatment to remove blackheads and whiteheads completely

For more detailed information about the causes and treatment of acne, please visit the Acne page on the website at

If acne is left untreated, it may leave scars on your skin. Your dermatologists can also treat and dramatically reduce the scarring caused by acne. Some skin treatments to reduce acne scarring include:

  • Chemical peels
  • Dermal fillers
  • Minor skin surgery
  • Laser and light treatment

For more information about acne scarring and treatment, please visit the Acne Scars page on the website at

You don’t have to suffer from annoying, painful acne! Just pick up your phone and call the dermatologists at Newton Wellesley Dermatology Associates in Wellesley Hills, MA. Start enjoying clearer skin by calling today!