What is the most effective acne treatment for Westlake Village area patients?
Patients of all ages may struggle with acne. In fact, acne is one of the most common reasons men, women, and teenagers visit a dermatologist. Westlake Village area patients can discuss their acne concerns with a Physician Assistant who helps patients improve the condition by offering a variety of effective acne treatments.
First, patients must undergo an evaluation with our Physician Assistant to determine the type and severity of their acne. Acne can be divided into two different types, inflammatory and non-inflammatory. Non-inflammatory acne includes blackheads and whiteheads, which are essentially pores that are clogged with oil and dead skin. Inflammatory acne includes cysts, nodules, pustules, and papules.
Second, after the type of acne has been determined, patients will consult with their doctor to develop a personalized treatment plan. Every patient is unique, as is the way their body and skin will respond to treatments, so there are times in which several efforts may be considered. Most acne patients start by working with their physician to develop a skin care regimen that can assist in keeping the skin clean. This may include certain face washes and topical creams. Other patients may need aggressive treatments, which can include oral medications and laser therapies. Most patients start with conservative methods and if the acne does not respond as expected, other solutions may be considered.
Once an acne treatment plan has worked and has provided patients with a reduction or elimination of their acne, they must continue to consult with their doctor to maintain the results. Some patients may make changes to their daily routine and may use less medication once the condition has cleared. This must be done under the guidance of one of our Physician Assistants to ensure the condition does not redevelop and become problematic yet again.
Working with a quality dermatologist is the first step to improving the beauty and health of your skin. Contact the practice of Dr. Daphne I. Panagotacos today to schedule a consultation visit.