Lawrence Jaeger is an experienced Medical,Cosmetic and Surgical Dermatologist with a successful record of treating patients with all forms of skin disorders and Dermatological disease. He is the founder and owner of Advanced Dermatology Associates, a network of Dermatologic treatment centers in Manhattan and The Bronx. Lawrence Jaeger is Board Certified and provides acne treatments for patients suffering from different types of Acne.

Acne is not caused by poor hygiene. In fact, excessive washing may make it worse.
Stress does not cause acne.
Acne is not just a simple skin infection. The cause is a complex interaction of changing hormones, sebum, overgrowth of normally harmless germs (bacteria), inflammation, etc (described above). You cannot catch acne – it is not passed on through touching (contagious).
Acne cannot be cured by drinking lots of water.
There is no evidence to say that sunbathing or sunbeds will help to clear acne.
Some people believe that acne cannot be helped by medical treatment. This is not true. Treatments usually work well if used correctly.

Do not wash more than normal. Twice a day is normal for most people. Use a mild soap and lukewarm water. (Very hot or cold water may worsen acne.) Do not scrub hard when washing acne-affected skin. Do not use abrasive soaps, cleansing granules, astringents, or exfoliating agents. Use a soft washcloth and fingers instead. Excess washing and scrubbing may cause more inflammation and possibly make acne worse.
Antiseptic washes may be beneficial.
You cannot clean off blackheads. The black tip of a blackhead is actually skin pigment (melanin) and cannot be removed by cleaning or scrubbing.
Some topical acne treatments (described below) may dry the skin. If this occurs, use a fragrance-free, water-based moisturising cream. Do not use ointments or oil-rich creams, as these may clog the holes of the skin (pores).

The aim of treatment is to clear spots as much as possible and to prevent scarring. There are different types of treatment that work in different ways. A doctor or pharmacist will advise and the treatment they advise will often depend on the severity and type of your acne. Treatments can be those that you apply to the skin (topical) and/or tablets.

You may prefer not to treat mild acne which is not inflamed – that is, if you just have blackheads and/or whiteheads (comedones) and mild pimples. Mild acne is common and usually goes in time without scarring. However, inflamed acne can scar. If you develop inflammation, such as redness, red spots, pustules, etc, it is best to treat early to prevent scarring. Treatment will usually clear most spots if you use it properly. However, no treatment will clear your skin perfectly.

Larry Jaeger is a member of the following organizations:
American Osteopathic Association
American Osteopathic College of Dermatology
American Medical Association
American Phlebotomy Association
Internal Society of Hair Restoration Surgeons