Acne Specialist

Zweiback Medical Associates

Internal Medicine & Cosmetic and Medical Dermatology located in Jenkintown, PA

Acne usually starts in your teen or pre-teen years, but can also either first appear or continue into middle age in up to 15% of women and men. No matter whether you have teenaged acne or adult-onset acne, Dr. David Zweiback and his team improve your skin with custom-designed treatments — including facials and microneedling — at Zweiback Medical Associates. If you live in Jenkintown, Pennsylvania, or surrounding areas, and would like to reduce or eliminate your acne, improve the quality of your skin, and smooth acne scars, contact Zweiback Medical Associates today. Reach the friendly team by phone or online booking form.

Acne Q & A

Zweiback Medical Associates

Why do I have acne?

Acne is a skin disease that starts when your body produces an overabundance of androgens. Androgens are the hormones that are responsible for male sexual characteristics, but women and girls have androgens, too.

Because androgen production tends to surge in adolescence, that’s the time you’re most likely to first develop acne. However, acne can occur during other times of hormonal fluctuations, such as pregnancy, perimenopause, and menopause. Using or stopping oral contraceptives may also trigger acne.

How do acne lesions form?

Androgens stimulate your skin to secrete sebum, which is a waxy substance that protects the surface of your skin. When you have a surge of androgens, your follicles (also called pores) produce too much sebum.

The excess sebum prevents your follicles from shedding skin cells in a normal, healthy way. Instead, the dead cells get trapped in the sebum, clogging your follicles to form blackheads and whiteheads.

At the same time, the bacteria that live on your skin — known as Propionibacterium acnes or P acnes — feed on the clogged sebum. The excess numbers of P acnes triggers an inflammatory reaction, resulting in full-blown pimples or cysts.

How do I get rid of acne?

If you have a mild case of acne, try over-the-counter remedies with salicylic acid or sulfur to help dry up excess sebum. Products with retinol speed up skin cell turnover to help unclog your follicles.

How do doctors treat acne?

Dr. Zweiback treats acne by identifying and treating all of the factors involved in your individual case. However, most teens, women, and men with acne benefit from facials and microneedling.

Facials at Zweiback Medical Associates address several factors involved in acne:

  • Slough off surface skin to reveal healthy new skin
  • Unclog follicles
  • Dry up excess sebum
  • Encourage faster skin-cell turnover
  • Control P acne’s proliferation

Microneedling improves the quality of your skin through a process called collagen remodeling. By creating tiny, controlled micro-wounds with single-use, vertical needles, the Zweiback Medical Associates Team stimulates your skin to sweep away old collagen and rebuild it with strong new strands of this important protein. Healthier skin is less susceptible to acne outbreaks.

Depending on your needs, Dr. Zweiback may also recommend:

  • Antibiotics
  • Hormonal therapy
  • Isotretinoin for severe acne
  • Laser therapy between breakouts to smooth scars

Your custom-designed acne treatment begins with a consultation at Zweiback Medical Associates. Call the friendly team or reach them by online scheduling form.