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Acne Specialist

Catherine Y. Ding, MD -  - Dermatologist

City Derm NYC

Catherine Y. Ding, MD

Dermatologist located in Chinatown, New York, NY

Acne has many contributing factors, and truly effective treatment requires a medical specialist. Catherine Ding, MD, FAAD, is a board-certified dermatologist and the founder of City Derm NYC in New York City’s Chinatown. She uses her considerable expertise to discover the cause of your acne and then designs a treatment program that provides the best care available. You’ll love the modern facility, the welcoming environment, and Dr. Ding’s ability to explain the facts about acne. Make an appointment today to experience the many skin care advantages offered at City Derm NYC. Call the office or book your visit online.

Acne Q & A

What causes acne?

Acne has numerous underlying causes. Genetics, hormones, environment, lifestyle, and diet can all play a role in the development or worsening of your acne. Other problems related to acne include inflammation and issues with trapped skin cells within your pores being unable to travel from the bottom layer to the top layer of your skin.

Bacteria (P. acnes) does play a role as well. However, nearly everyone has some level of this bacteria present on their skin, but not everyone has acne. Effective acne treatment relies on discerning the contributing causes of your breakout and developing a multifactorial approach to clearing your skin.

What is the treatment for acne?

The most effective treatment for acne starts with a thorough skin evaluation performed by an expert like Dr. Ding, whose specialty of dermatology is devoted to all things skin.

Your skin’s overall health, texture, and tone as well as the underlying cause and type of acne you’re experiencing help determine the best treatment for you, which may include:

  • Low-dose spironolactone to address a hormonal cause of acne in women (not used for men)
  • Topical treatment with retinoids to unclog pores and reduce oiliness
  • Oral isotretinoin (Accutane®) for severe cystic acne
  • Benzoyl peroxide

These prescription-strength medications are often used in combination to treat moderate to severe acne.

As part of her comprehensive treatment approach, Dr. Ding also takes time to investigate habits that may be contributing to your acne outbreaks, such as a poor diet or inappropriate skin care. She then discusses changes you can make to help nourish and strengthen your skin.

What can you do about acne scarring?

One of the reasons to seek early treatment for acne is to reduce the risk of scarring and changes in skin color (hyperpigmentation) that outbreaks can leave behind.

If you do have scarring related to acne, Dr. Ding offers a variety of treatments that can reduce and even eliminate scarring, which may include:

  • Microneedling
  • Fractionated laser skin resurfacing (Fraxel)
  • Chemical peels

Dr. Ding also has extensive success in treating skin of color, which is prone to pigment changes (dark spots) related to acne and can be somewhat difficult to treat.

Whether you’re experiencing mild, moderate or severe acne, Dr. Ding can help. Call the office today for an appointment or book your visit online.