Which acne treatment is the most effective for Westlake Village residents?
Acne is a condition that can affect many aspects of a patient’s life. Some people become self-conscious about their appearance, embarrassed by occasional breakouts or severe acne. Teenagers and adults deal with acne, and it can vary from mild to severe. When over-the-counter products are no longer effective and they are ready to see a professional for acne relief, many patients make the decision to see a dermatologist in Westlake Village.
Acne occurs when the skin’s pores are clogged by oil and bacteria. These are trapped in the pores causing inflammation and resulting in blemishes. A single blemish or widespread breakouts can occur anywhere on the body, but the most common complaints of acne are on the face, neck, chest, and back.
Before deciding on the most effective treatment, Dr. Panagotacos or the Nurse Practitioner must determine which type of acne the patient has. They accomplish this with a consultation and thorough examination. They analyze the patient’s skin type and acne, and takes time to learn about other medical issues or lifestyle habits that may be contributing to the problem.
There are two basic types of acne: non-inflammatory and inflammatory. Patients know the non-inflammatory type as whiteheads and blackheads. Inflammatory acne may include papules, pustules, cysts, and nodules. Some of these can be uncomfortable or painful, and they are also unsightly.
Determining proper acne treatment is done with care and compassion. Our team understands that each patient’s acne and lifestyle is different, so their conditions don’t necessarily respond to the same treatment. We use a variety of methods to address acne of varying severities. Each treatment plan is custom-tailored to the patient’s individual needs and condition.
Treatment strategy may include a skin care regimen with appropriate, high quality products. Regular professional facials and dermabrasion may be beneficial, as well as topical or oral medications. Photo rejuvenation can help to minimize older acne scars. Management methods and frequency are determined based upon the type of acne, the severity, and the response of the patient’s skin to treatment.
Patients interested in learning more about the variety of acne therapies available at Dr. Panagotacos’ practice are encouraged to schedule a consultation and examination. Our team works with patients to determine the most appropriate course of acne treatment, for stunning, healthy complexions.