Acne Specialist

Acne affects about 50 million people in the U.S., ranging from mild to severe. At their Midtown East office, Dr. Cook-Bolden and her skin specialists uses state-of-the-art approaches to treat acne in New York City adolescents, teens and adults so they can enjoy clearer, healthier skin they can be proud of.

Acne Q&A

Skin Specialty Dermatology

What causes acne?

Acne is caused when your skin's pores become blocked by dead skin cells, trapping oils naturally produced by your skin and preventing them from reaching the surface. The dead skin cells and trapped oil form a kind of plug, creating a warm environment where bacteria thrive and multiply. As these bacteria build up, the body releases white blood cells and other substances to fight them off, resulting in inflammation and redness that appear on your skin in the form of pimples, whiteheads, blackheads and even cysts. Acne breakouts can be triggered in different ways, usually by hormones, stress, some medications and certain foods like dairy and carbohydrates.

How is acne treated?

Acne can be difficult to treat, but if you're persistent and vigilant in maintaining the routine recommended by your doctor, you can reduce breakouts and have clearer skin over time. Acne treatment usually involves topical medications to kill bacteria, reduce inflammation and clear pores. In some cases, oral medications are also prescribed. Acne can also be treated with special facial washes, lasers and chemical peels. Most patients benefit from a combination of treatments, and often, the treatment regimen will change over time, especially if one treatment seems to be losing its effect.

Are there things I can do to prevent acne?

Seeing your dermatologist regularly is the best way to keep your acne under control. Keeping your skin clean using mild cleansers is also important; avoid products that exfoliate unless recommended by your doctor, since many of these products can irritate skin and make breakouts worse. Learning to manage stress and avoiding foods like chocolate that have been linked with breakouts in some people may also help. Also, don't pick or squeeze pimples; both can cause infection and scarring.

Major Insurance Plans Accepted

We participate with most insurance plans. Please notify us of your insurance plan when making an appointment and present your insurance information upon arrival to the office.

If your insurance plan requires you to have a referral, you must obtain the referral from your primary care physician PRIOR to your arrival at the office. Insurance plans which require a referral from the primary care physician will not allow us to treat you under your insurance without the proper referral.

If you have an insurance deductible, payment for visits is due until your deductible has been satisfied, at which time we will accept your insurance for services that are covered. All insurance co-payments are due at the time of your visit.

Please be advised that there is a returned check fee of $30.00.

Aetna
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Cigna
EmblemHealth
Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield
GHI
GWH-Cigna (formerly Great West Healthcare)
MagnaCare
Medicare
Oxford (UnitedHealthcare)
UMR
UnitedHealthcare
Testimonials

Words from our patients

  • Yelp

    "Dr. Cook-Bolden was warm and so knowledgable, exceedingly polite and thoughtful. I can see why everyone loves her and I hope I get a chance to see her again."

    Andrea D.
  • Yelp

    "I'm always more than satisfied by the level of care that I receive and with Dr. C-B's warm manner. She cured my persistent (and sometimes severe) acne."

    Stella J.
  • Yelp

    "Dr. Cook-Bolden was warm and so knowledgable, exceedingly polite and thoughtful. I can see why everyone loves her and I hope I get a chance to see her again."

    Andrea D.
  • Yelp

    "I'm always more than satisfied by the level of care that I receive and with Dr. C-B's warm manner. She cured my persistent (and sometimes severe) acne."

    Stella J.
  • Yelp

    "As a man they've helped me out with razor bumps, discolorations, the cystic bumps along the jawline and with my ingrown hairs. "

    K. W.
  • Yelp

    "The office was more beautiful than any dermatology office I have ever been to before! It is an amazing center which specializes in skin of color"

    Marsha L.
Location
Skin Specialty Dermatology
150 East 58th Street, 3rd Floor of Annex Building
Midtown East

New York, NY 10155
Phone: 212-561-5450
Fax: 212-223-6598
Office Hours

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212-561-5450

Skin Specialty Dermatology
150 East 58th Street
3rd Floor of Annex Building
New York, NY 10155