Acne Treatment In NYC By Board Certified Dermatologists

Acne can be a very distressing condition for those suffering from it. My personal experience in childhood with acne has made treating my patients in NYC with acne a particular passion of mine.   

There are many causes of acne and many treatments available as well.  As an office headed by a Board Certified Dermatologist we are best suited for treating acne because of our deep understanding of the skin as well as the numerous therapeutic options available to us including skincare, prescription medications, facials, lasers and other procedures.

What is Acne?

Acne is an inflammatory condition of the pilosebaceous unit, comprised of oil glands (sebaceous glands) and a hair follicle.   Acne occurs in the pilosebaceous unit because of the interplay of 4 factors: 1) Hyperkeraotinization of the follicular unit (build up of dead skin and proteins), 2) increased activity in the sebaceous glands, 3) presence of Cutibacterium acnes bacteria, and 4) inflammation.

Genetics, stress, skin trauma, skin exposures, diet (particularly dairy and high glycemic foods), and hormonal imbalance can effect these 4 factors in different ways causing outbreaks of acne.

diagram showing stages of acne inflammation and infection

Our Treatment Options for Acne in NYC Clinic

As an NYC office run by a Board Certified Dermatologist we have many treatment options available to improve acne.  Skin care product recommendation are always the mainstay of therapy combined with the option of prescription medications.  Prescription medications can be either topical (creams), oral, or both.  As one of the top cosmetic dermatology practices in the country we also have many aesthetic procedures that can improve acne as well including:


Aviclear is the only FDA cleared device for the treatment of mild to severe acne.  After three comfortable treatments spaced one month apart 91% of patients respond to treatment with results continuing to improve for several months after treatment. There is no downtime with Aviclear.

dark skin acne treatment before and after

HydraFacial MD

HydraFacial MD is a very popular facial that has great benefits for people with acne prone skin.  This facial starts with a cleansing and exfoliating step similar to a microdermabrasion that exfoliated buildup of keratin, dead skin cells, and environmental contaminants from the pores.  The device then introduces very low concentrations of chemical peel acids into the cleaned out pores to rejuvenate the skin, and follows with hydration of the skin to restore glow.

VI Peel Purify with Precision Plus

The VI Peel has been one of the most popular patented peels in the US market for over a decade.  We have used VI Peel as a top-choice chemical peel in NYC for our patients for many years and offer acne treatment with their product called VI Peel Purify with Precision Plus with a proprietary blend of acids that helps improve acne, remove blemishes, aids with hyperpigmentation, and rejuvenates the skin all at once. 

severe acne treatment for young female patient before and after

Acne Scarring

In addition to being a top Board Certified Dermatologist in NYC that is an expert in treating acne, Dr. Akhavan also leads our team in providing some of the best options to treat all types of acne scarring.  We are able to improve the redness, hyperpigmentation, and indentations that can sometimes be caused by severe acne.