Acne Specialist

Integrated Dermatology of Newton-Brighton

Dermatology located in Brighton, MA, Mashpee, MA & Needham, MA

Acne affects up to 50 million people in the United States, making it the most common skin condition. To help you keep your acne under control, Mark Amster, MD, an experienced dermatologist, and the Integrated Dermatology of Newton-Brighton team offer comprehensive acne treatments at the offices in Brighton, Needham, and Mashpee, Massachusetts. You can receive an evaluation of your skin health and prescription medications to soothe your irritated, inflamed, acne-prone skin. Learn more about the available treatments for acne by calling the Integrated Dermatology of Newton-Brighton office nearest you or by booking an appointment online today.

Acne Q & A

What is acne?

Acne is a common skin disease that affects the oily parts of your body, including your face, back, and upper chest.

A build-up of oils and dead skin cells can clog your hair follicles and cause pimples, blackheads, or whiteheads to form on your skin.

Severe acne can increase your risk for long-term scarring and might also affect your self-confidence and self-esteem.

What causes acne?

While there are many misconceptions about what causes acne, it’s your genetic background that increases your risk for chronic acne breakouts.

You might also be prone to acne if you have a large number of oil glands in certain areas of your body where acne is common or due to an increase in androgens, the male sex hormones, during puberty.

If you’re unhappy with the appearance of your skin because of persistent acne but can’t treat the condition on your own, you can schedule a diagnostic evaluation at Integrated Dermatology of Newton-Brighton.

How is acne treated?

Integrated Dermatology of Newton-Brighton offers customized treatment plans to help treat existing acne and prevent new acne outbreaks. Your provider can prescribe medications that are stronger than those you can buy over-the-counter, and they focus your treatment on protecting the long-term health of your skin.

Depending on the severity of your condition, you might benefit from treatments like:


Antibiotics help reduce inflammation in your skin that contributes to acne. Your provider can prescribe it as an oral medication or a topical cream you apply directly to your skin.

Benzoyl peroxide

Benzoyl peroxide is a topical ointment that targets the bacterial agent that causes severe acne to clear your skin and improve its health.


Tretinoin is a topical form of vitamin A that can reduce the appearance of acne on your skin.


Isotretinoin is an oral medication that can dry out your skin to eliminate excess oils that cause severe acne.

Hormonal therapy

Hormone therapy might be an option if your acne breakouts are the result of hormone imbalance.

Your provider can also recommend high-quality cleansers and lotions to keep your skin healthy and moisturized to prevent painful acne breakouts.

To learn more about the available acne treatments, call Integrated Dermatology of Newton-Brighton, or book an appointment online today.