Patients in Thousand Oaks seek dermatologist for acne treatment
Acne can plague the teen years and cause embarrassment for boys and girls going through puberty. When they become adults, the scars can be a reminder of those inglorious days. Fortunately, teenagers and adults can turn to a dermatologist for treatment that can rejuvenate their skin and boost their self-esteem. Men and women in the Thousand Oaks area can find excellent treatment at Daphne I. Panagotacos, M.D. in Westlake Village.
Understanding how acne develops
There are various causes of acne. During puberty, the pores release oil to protect the skin. However, when dead skin cells mix with the oil, the pores become clogged. This sets the stage for bacterial growth. If the mixture of oil and dead skin cells leaks into nearby tissues, it can cause swelling, redness, and pus. Acne can range from a few red spots, called pustules or pimples, to large, solid, red lumps that can be painful and leave scars. Acne can occur in newborns, children, teenagers, and adults.
Diagnosing and treating acne
During your consultation appointment, we will examine your skin to determine if you have acne. Mild acne includes whiteheads, blackheads, and pimples. Severe acne can include cysts. We may prescribe a topical product, a cream you can apply to the affected area. The product may contain benzoyl peroxide to help clear the skin. You can usually see improvement in one to two months. There are other treatments available including:
- Laser therapy – This can reduce the bacteria in the skin.
- Chemical peels – We can use this treatment for blackheads and pimples. We provide various peels that can rejuvenate the skin.
- Acne removal – During a procedure, we can remove large acne cysts.
Acne is the most common skin condition. There is no need to shy away from treatment. We can devise a treatment plan that will place you onto a path toward clearer skin. If your acne has left you with scars, we can explore treatments to rejuvenate your skin. Whether you battle acne or acne scars, consider scheduling your consultation appointment today by calling our friendly and compassionate team at 805-379-3376.