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Pinpointing Acne Triggers

Teenage acne is a common yet distressing condition that affects countless teenagers worldwide. It's understandable that as you navigate through adolescence, dealing with this persistent skin issue can feel frustrating and overwhelming. Dr. Alizadeh and our team at Alizadeh Cosmoplastic Surgery are here to help you understand the causes and recommend our top treatment to help you take control of your skin's health.

Teenage Acne Causes

Hormonal Changes

During adolescence, hormonal changes play a significant role in causing teenage acne. Specifically, hormones known as androgens increase oil production in your skin. This excess oil can clog pores, leading to acne breakouts. Girls might experience fluctuating hormone levels during their menstrual cycle, which could also contribute to acne.


If your parents experienced teenage acne, you may also be more likely to develop it. Genetics plays a role in determining skin type and sensitivity to hormonal fluctuations.

External Factors

Environmental factors, such as humidity, pollution, and cosmetic products, can also contribute to acne formation. Inadequate or improper skin care can also cause teenage acne, such as not cleansing your face regularly, using harsh or inappropriate products, and over-exfoliating the skin. Avoid heavy or oil-based makeup, which can clog your pores.

Diet and Lifestyle

Some studies suggest certain dietary and lifestyle factors may contribute to teenage acne. For example, consuming sugary and processed foods can cause inflammation and hormonal imbalances. Additionally, high stress levels can influence your skin's health and clarity. Reducing stress through exercise and mindfulness techniques can help prevent and manage teenage acne.

Types Of Acne


These are small, dark spots resulting from clogged pores. The dark color occurs when the sebum and dead skin cells oxidize upon contacting air.


White bumps on the skin caused by trapped sebum and dead skin cells within a blocked pore.


Red, inflamed bumps that may feel tender and result from an infection in the hair follicle.

Treating Teenage Acne With Laser Skin Rejuvenation

Forever Clear® BBL

Teenage acne can be a struggle, but Forever Clear® BBL offers a non-invasive and effective solution. This innovative treatment uses blue light technology to target acne-causing bacteria.

Forever Clear® BBL employs Sciton's proprietary broadband light procedure to eliminate acne fast, without the side effects commonly associated with traditional acne treatments or medications. The treatment comprises two steps:

  1. Blue BBL light (420 nm) targets and eliminates acne-causing bacteria deep within the pores.
  2. Yellow BBL light is then applied to reduce inflammation and post-acne redness.

Some key benefits of Forever Clear® BBL treatment include the following:

  • Non-invasive and comfortable procedure
  • Little to no downtime after treatment
  • Suitable for most areas of the body, including face, neck, chest, and back
  • Quick treatment time, as little as 15 minutes, depending on the area size
  • Specialized cooling features that maintain a stable crystal temperature for comfort throughout the treatment

Sciton Halo™

SCITON HALO™ combines ablative and non-ablative laser wavelengths, providing a comprehensive solution for treating acne and improving overall skin quality. The unique combination of wavelengths allows for precise targeting of different skin layers, promoting collagen production and resurfacing the skin.

Here’s what you need to know:

  • In the context of acne treatment, SCITON HALO™ has proven to be particularly effective in reducing the appearance of acne scars and improving skin texture
  • The laser technology works by stimulating the skin's natural healing processes, promoting the growth of new, healthier skin cells
  • Additionally, the treatment targets pigmentation irregularities associated with acne, leading to a more even skin tone
  • HALO™ is known for its versatility, allowing healthcare professionals to customize the treatment based on the specific needs and concerns of each individual, making it suitable for various skin types and tones
  • Patients undergoing SCITON HALO™ treatment for acne can experience noticeable improvements in skin tone and texture and the reduction of acne-related blemishes
  • The procedure typically involves minimal downtime, making it a convenient option for individuals seeking effective results without a prolonged recovery period

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Acne Scar Reduction


Dermal fillers, particularly those with high concentrations of hyaluronic acid, have emerged as a transformative solution for addressing the challenge of smoothing acne scars. Hyaluronic acid is a natural substance in the skin that helps maintain hydration and plumpness. Rolling and boxcar scars, two common types of atrophic acne scars, are well-suited for treatment with hyaluronic acid dermal injectables. Rolling scars are characterized by broad, sloping indentations on the skin, and boxcar scars appear as depressed areas with distinct edges. High concentrations of hyaluronic acid provide an effective solution by promoting collagen production and increasing skin volume, which helps elevate the depressed portions of the scar. This process aids in filling the irregularities and creating a more uniform surface.

At Alizadeh Cosmoplastic Surgery, you can choose from the following fillers:

  • Juvéderm® Family
  • Restylane® Family
  • Radiesse®


LASERCISION® is an advanced laser treatment that has shown promising results in reducing acne scars. This innovative technology targets and treats scar tissue precisely, promoting skin rejuvenation and a smoother complexion. LASERCISION® utilizes fractional laser technology, dividing the laser beam into thousands of microbeams, creating micro-injuries in the skin. This process triggers the body's natural healing response, stimulating the production of new collagen and elastin.

The targeted approach of LASERCISION® is particularly effective in addressing various types of acne scars, including atrophic scars like icepick, rolling, and boxcar scars. By promoting collagen remodeling, the treatment helps to fill in depressed areas, improve skin texture, and minimize the appearance of scars.

Skincare Solutions

Effective skincare for acne involves a thoughtful and personalized approach that addresses the underlying causes of acne while promoting overall skin health. It also involves a holistic approach, consistency, and individualized care.

At Alizadeh Cosmoplastic Surgery, we offer the following skincare solutions:

ZO® Skin Health

ZO® SKIN HEALTH is a renowned skincare brand that offers a range of products designed to manage acne and improve skin clarity. Their products often incorporate advanced ingredients, such as salicylic acid and retinol, known for their ability to unclog pores, control oil production, and promote skin renewal. ZO® SKIN HEALTH's comprehensive approach to skincare includes cleansers, toners, and treatments that work synergistically to target acne and enhance the skin's natural resilience.

Alizadeh Skincare

Alizadeh Skincare, associated with Alizadeh Cosmoplastic Surgery, integrates medical expertise with skincare solutions to address acne concerns effectively. The skincare professionals at Alizadeh Skincare may recommend personalized regimens, combining medical-grade products with in-office treatments for optimal results.

Resurface With Chemical Peels

Chemical peels have emerged as a popular and effective treatment option for managing acne and improving overall skin quality. This non-invasive procedure involves applying a chemical solution to the skin, which causes controlled exfoliation and peeling. Chemical peels remove the top layers of damaged skin, including dead cells and impurities, revealing fresher, smoother skin underneath.

In the context of acne treatment, chemical peels can be particularly beneficial. For example:

  • They help unclog pores, reduce excess oil production, and promote the shedding of dead skin cells, preventing them from accumulating and contributing to acne formation
  • The exfoliation induced by a chemical peel can also improve the appearance of acne scars and hyperpigmentation
  • Different types of chemical peels, such as alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) peels or beta hydroxy acid (BHA) peels, may be selected based on the severity of acne and individual skin needs

Natural Results With RF & PRF Microneedling

RF (Radiofrequency) and PRF (Platelet-Rich Fibrin) Microneedling is an advanced and synergistic approach to acne treatment that combines the benefits of microneedling with the therapeutic effects of radiofrequency energy and platelet-rich fibrin. This innovative procedure involves using a microneedling device equipped with tiny needles that create controlled micro-injuries in the skin. Simultaneously, radiofrequency energy is delivered to the targeted areas, stimulating collagen and elastin production, which helps improve skin texture and tightness.

Incorporating Platelet-Rich Fibrin (PRF) into microneedling takes the treatment a step further. PRF is derived from the patient's own blood, containing concentrated growth factors that promote tissue regeneration and accelerate healing. When applied during microneedling, PRF enhances the overall rejuvenation process and reduces inflammation associated with acne. Combining RF and PRF with microneedling not only addresses current acne concerns but also helps minimize the appearance of acne scars and promotes long-term skin health.

Acne And Oil Control Facial 

Crafted for effective acne and oil control, this sophisticated clinical facial treatment delves deep into pores, providing a thorough cleansing and skin exfoliation to combat acne, excess oil, and surface congestion. The procedure focuses on treating acne while addressing uneven skin texture, tone, and pigmentation, working to prevent future acne breakouts and oil buildup.

Ideal for individuals with acneic skin featuring hyperpigmentation and uneven texture, this 60-minute clinical facial treatment is recommended every four to five weeks, ensuring minimal downtime. Its synergistic benefits make it a perfect complement to laser-cision, enhancing the overall efficacy of both treatments for individuals seeking a comprehensive solution for clearer, smoother skin.

Why Choose Alizadeh Cosmoplastic Surgery For Teenage Acne Treatment?

Selecting a proficient and seasoned provider is paramount when seeking effective treatment for teenage acne, and Dr. Alizadeh at Alizadeh Cosmoplastic Surgery stands out for various compelling reasons. Dr. Alizadeh holds the esteemed position of Full Professor of Clinical Surgery at New York Medical College, underscoring his exemplary expertise and unwavering dedication to the field of surgery. As a distinguished educator, Dr. Alizadeh has imparted his knowledge to over 100 surgeons in plastic surgery and serves as the oral examiner for the American Board of Plastic Surgery. His commitment to teaching and ongoing professional development mirrors the high standards maintained at Alizadeh Cosmoplastic Surgery.

In addition to his teaching role, Dr. Alizadeh boasts an impressive research portfolio, with dozens of peer-reviewed articles and over 100 international lectures and presentations in his specialty. Staying at the forefront of plastic surgery innovations enables him to offer his patients the latest and most effective treatments. With a robust background in clinical trials, Dr. Alizadeh has served as the principal investigator for the FDA on various devices, including those related to breast implants, injectables, fat removal, and scar therapy. This wealth of experience fortifies his ability to deliver safe, effective, and cutting-edge treatments.

Furthermore, Dr. Alizadeh's global impact is evident through his sharing of expertise with surgeons in 27 countries, extending his positive influence far beyond his own practice. His philanthropic endeavors, such as Mission: Restore, a non-profit organization providing free healthcare services, showcase his compassionate spirit. Opting for Alizadeh Cosmoplastic Surgery for your acne treatment ensures you receive top-tier care from a highly-skilled, experienced, and compassionate professional. Contact us today to schedule your consultation and start your journey to clearer, healthier skin.

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