Acne is a common condition, often associated with adolescence, as it affects about 75% of all teenagers. However, acne can occur at any age – from infancy through adulthood – and, of course, it is unpleasant at any stage of life. Acne is easily recognizable by its characteristic blackheads, whiteheads, red pimples and cysts. This condition causes physical and social discomfort, and can lead to scarring and even self-esteem issues. At our offices in Riverside and San Diego County, acne treatments are more effective than ever before. We now have a variety of options for treating mild to severe acne.
Acne is a skin disorder that occurs when the oil glands in the hair follicles become clogged. They may also produce more oil than is necessary to adequately lubricate the skin. During the teen years in particular, hormonal changes often overstimulate these glands. In addition, for reasons that are still not well understood, hair follicles can become obstructed with dead skin cells and other debris. When this occurs, bacteria inside the obstructed follicle can create inflamed acne lesions. These usually occur on the face, but they can also appear on the back and chest. Acne often clears up by the early twenties, but may occur in adulthood, as it can be aggravated by menstrual periods, oral contraceptives, steroids and stress.
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At Dermatology Specialists, Inc. we offer a variety of oral and topical medications for the treatment of acne. We also offer laser therapy (PDT) for acne treatment at our Southern California offices. This system utilizes laser energy plus Levulan (aminolevulinic acid) to:
- Clear up active lesions
- Kill bacteria
- Decrease oil production
The bi-weekly treatments can produce a significant clearance of acne in as little as 2 to 4 weeks, with results that can last 6 to 12 months. We can also combine this therapy with medications and chemical peels for optimal long term management of your acne.
Never before have there been more safe and effective options for treating acne. If you are battling this common problem, don't suffer needlessly. To find out more about laser acne treatment in Southern California or other acne treatments that we offer, click here to request a consultation at Dermatology Specialists, Inc. or call our office nearest you to schedule your appointment.