Acne may involve the development of blackheads, whiteheads, and pustules along with cysts and nodules. Though the blemishes most often occur on the face, individuals may have lesions on the back, chest or neck. Acne might also develop on the shoulders, upper arms or buttocks. The certified dermatologists at the Calabasas Dermatology Center offer a wide array of treatments depending on the severity of the condition. We are at the fore-front of acne treatment and take this diagnosis very seriously. While acne lesions, or pimples, may come and go, sometimes they leave acne scars or pigmentation that can cause severe emotional distress to our patients. That’s why we care about treating this skin condition aggressively when necessary, and more conservatively when appropriate.
Our experienced providers may prescribe special cleansing and moisturizing products that commonly contain benzoyl peroxide or salicyclic acid, which reduce inflammation and inhibit bacterial growth. Medicinal acne facials also reduce inflammation and interfere with bacterial reproduction while removing accumulated oil and debris. A number of prescription topicals exist and these can be applied correctly to reduce acne in many patients. Antibiotics applied topically or taken orally eliminate the harmful bacteria that cause inflammation and swelling. For women, birth control pills or other medications may correct hormone imbalances that may produce outbreaks. Isotretinoin, formerly known as accutane, is another medication for acne and is the only known cure for this chronic condition. While every treatment has possible side effects, your skincare profession at the Calabasas Dermatology Center will work with you to create a treatment plan that’s right for you, and will describe what steps need to be taken and write everything down to help you stick to it.
Other Available Treatments include:
A form of vitamin A, this oral medication decreases the oil released by sebaceous glands that leads to clogged pores, debris accumulation and subsequent irritation and lesion development.
This treatment involves using a steroid known as triamcinolone. By injecting individual lesions, this medication reduces inflammation and helps lesions resolve in as quickly as 12 hours. Patients may receive the injections monthly as needed. Risks include possible depression of the skin where injections occurred.
Also known as cryotherapy, the process entails using a snowball created from dry ice wrapped in a cloth and dipped in acetone, which causes slush formation. The dermatologist then lightly wipes the skin with the moist cloth, which features anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties along with a mild exfoliating effect. The treatment might also be used prior to dermabrasion therapy for patients desiring to diminish acne scarring.
We at the Calabasas Dermatology Center use this non-invasive therapy for treating mild to moderate forms of acne. The treatment session begins with the application of a special liquid that makes the skin more light receptive. The patient, wearing protective eyewear, sits in front of the light for approximately 17 minutes once a month. The light penetrates the skin and encourages sebaceous glands to produce oxygen, which kills the bacteria commonly found in acne lesions and reduces gland secretions.
Our team of professionals, under the guidance of our award-winning board-certified dermatologist, Dr. Hal Weitzbuch, can offer a plethora of treatment options. Schedule a consult today so no more time is wasted in the battle against acne.
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