Acne Treatment Santa Monica
What is Acne?
Acne is a condition that affects anyone at all ages – teenagers and adults alike. Causes of acne include excessive oil production which results in clogged pores and the proliferation of bacteria that can result in cysts. Severe acne can result in scarring that may produce lifelong social embarrassment. Females with acne may have hormonal imbalances that contribute to acne formation.
How Is Acne Treated?
Topical Acne Treatment
Therapy for acne includes topical retinoid creams such as Retin-A®, Differin®, or Tazorac®. Topical antibiotic creams containing clindamycin, benzoyl peroxide, erythromycin, and sodium sulfacetamide are effective in treating acne.
For more moderate cases of acne, an oral antibiotic such as minocycline or doxycycline are valuable in treating inflammatory acne. For more severe cases of acne that can result in scarring, Accutane is taken for around 6 months to virtually eliminate the acne with a low chance of recurrence. Accutane does require monthly blood testing and females of childbearing potential must be on birth control because Accutane causes birth deformities.
Laser Treatment for Acne
Finally, different lasers (pulsed-dye) and light sources (blue light) are effective in treating acne and are an exciting new trend in treating acne.
Our Acne Treatment Approach at Dermatology Institute and Skin Care Center
Our approach to Acne is to assess, manage and then maintain your skin. Acne is one of the most common skin problems that people experience in their life- for both teens and adults. We use the latest topical treatments, laser and light technology, targeted facials and peels, injections and prescription medications for all our acne patients. Each course of treatment is customized to your individual skin type and your progress will be carefully monitored. Contact Dermatology Institute and Skin Care Center to schedule your first appointment towards clearer and brighter skin!