Patients with severe acne turn to Westlake Village dermatologist for treatment
Acne varies in severity from red bumps to inflamed cysts and nodules. Acne may turn deep red or purple and leave scars. When patients have severe acne, they can take comfort in knowing a dermatologist and her team in Westlake Village can provide treatment. From topical creams to chemical peels, we can find the right solution for clearing acne and reducing scars.
Understanding acne’s levels of severity
It is important to recognize the difference between the following levels of acne:
- Mild – If you have fewer than 30 total lesions including whiteheads, blackheads and inflamed bumps, the acne falls into the “mild” category. It may be treated with over the counter topical medicine and it can take up to eight weeks to see significant improvement.
- Moderate – If you have 20 to 100 whiteheads or blackheads, 15 to 50 inflamed bumps, or 30 to 125 total lesions, you may have moderate acne. Treatment may include a prescription medication. It can take several weeks before there is improvement.
- Severe – If you have multiple inflamed cysts and nodules, the acne may be severe. One of the most severe forms of acne involves inflamed nodules that connect under the skin to other nodules. It can develop on the neck, chest, arms, and buttocks. This type of acne is more common among men who are on steroids and should be treated immediately. Chemical peels can reduce or clear acne scars. A procedure can also be performed to remove or reduce scars.
If you have acne, we recommend contacting us. During an evaluation, we can determine the level of severity of the acne and prescribe the right treatment. We can also provide guidance on how to care for your skin at home to ensure it remains healthy. We provide various treatments depending on the type of acne you may have.
We recognize acne affects patients of all ages from newborns to adults. There is no reason to live with acne or acne scars. We can help you onto a path toward rejuvenated skin. Schedule an appointment by calling 805-379-3376, so we plan your visit to our Westlake Village office.