Westlake Village dermatologist provides acne solutions
Acne is most commonly associated with the teen years. This is understandable because the condition affects many young adults and teenagers, however, with an estimated 40 to 50 million Americans suffering from acne at any given time, individuals of any age or gender can be susceptible. In fact, the American Academy of Dermatology notes a growing trend of acne cases in women in their 30s to 50s.
Whatever the age of the patient, acne can be an unsightly and uncomfortable skin problem. The blemishes may present in various forms, such as pimples (pustules), cysts, papules, nodules, blackheads, and whiteheads. While acne is often seen on the face, it can also appear on the neck, chest, back, shoulders, buttocks, and upper arms.
Because acne is fairly easy to self-diagnose, patients often feel that they simply need to let the condition run its course, however, acne can cause further complications including depression, impaired confidence and self-esteem, discoloration, spots on the skin, and scarring.
What causes acne?
Normally, as skin cells naturally die, the dead skin emerges from the pore and is shed. At times, the sebaceous glands can produce too much sebum, the oil that keeps skin moisturized, and the dead skin cells become clogged within the pore. Bacteria that exists on the skin finds an ideal environment to grow, and an inflammation within the pore – acne – results.
Our skin care team at Daphne I. Panagotacos, MD, serving Westlake Village, Thousand Oaks, and surrounding California communities, understands that acne treatment can enhance quality of life, improve self-esteem, and restore appearance. Dr. Panagotacos, a board-certified physician who specializes in medical, surgical, and cosmetic dermatology, and our attentive professional staff offer several acne solutions, based upon each patient’s unique needs. After a comprehensive consultation and facial analysis, a personalized treatment plan is recommended and may involve topical or prescription medications, aesthetic services, chemical peels, or advanced laser therapy.
For more information about acne treatment and the prevention of scars, contact our clinicians today at Daphne I. Panagotacos, MD, Skin Care Centre at 805-379-3376. We are conveniently located at 32144 Agoura Road in Westlake Village.