Patient Preferred Dermatology

Acne and Acne Scars in Long Beach

Patient Preferred Dermatology

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Understand This Common Skin Problem

Acne is a common condition affecting millions of teens and adults. The clinical signs of acne are plugged pores (blackheads and whiteheads), pimples (red papules and pustules), and even deeper cysts and nodules. Acne can occur on the face, neck, chest, back, shoulders, upper arms, and buttocks. Picking acne may cause discoloration or pockmarks and acne scars. Long Beach's Patient Preferred Dermatology offers treatment for both acne and acne scarring to give patients clear, smooth skin—since besides discomfort, acne can cause low self-esteem.

Learn more about acne and acne scars at Patient Preferred Dermatology in Long Beach by calling (562) 430-4294. The practice serves Los Alamitos, Cerritos, Long Beach, and all of Orange County. Call today to schedule your consultation.

What Causes Acne?

Acne is not caused by dirt. The primary cause of acne is increased oil production by the skin and bacterial overgrowth. Dried oil (sebum) and shed skin cells accumulate in the openings of the hair follicles. This attracts bacteria, which in turn attracts white blood cells that migrate to the area to fight the bacteria. The process releases chemicals that cause the pores to become inflamed (red and swollen

Inflamed pores are seen as pimples or cysts. Acne can be worsened by hormonal changes, which occur during puberty. Women also experience acne flares with menses and during their 30s to 50s. Other factors affecting acne include genetics, diet, and stress.

Types of Acne

  • whiteheads/blackheads: A plugged pore that stays closed off to the air retains a whitish appearance, which is where the name "whitehead" comes from. If the pore is open to the air, the exposure causes the built-up oils to darken, leading to the term "blackhead." These are the least severe symptoms of acne and can be cleared relatively simply.
  • papules: As bacteria multiply and the condition worsens, blackheads and whiteheads can develop into small, red-colored bumps.
  • pimples: A papule may continue to grow until its contents become visible on the skin's surface, creating a light-colored tip.
  • cysts: If a pore ruptures beneath the surface and fills with pus, it can form a painful cystic lesion, one of the culprits behind acne scars.
  • nodules: More solid than cysts, these hard bumps can run deep beneath the skin and also cause noticeable acne scars.

How Can I Treat Acne?

Control of acne is an ongoing process. Acne treatments work by preventing new proliferations of the acne vulgaris bacteria. Washing your face with a cleanser or soap twice daily and washing your hair regularly is also helpful. Our dermatologist will start you on a home treatment program that is right for you. Recommended office procedures include microdermabrasion, acne facials, and chemical peels.

What Causes Acne Scars?

Acne scars result as the skin repairs itself after inflammatory acne lesions, such as cysts and nodules. Collagen protein is lost and incompletely replaced, resulting in indented scars that often have a reddish or dark color

Dermatologists recommend that you get acne treatment as early as possible in order to prevent acne scars from forming. You should also avoid factors that make acne scars worse, such as sunlight and picking or squeezing your pimples.

How Can I Treat Acne Scars?

Using a sunscreen with SPF of 30 or higher is essential to keep acne scars from darkening and becoming more visible. The Patient Preferred Dermatology office offers chemical peels, laser treatments, and eMatrix radiofrequency treatments for acne scars.

eMatrix delivers radiofrequency (RF) energy using a matrix of electrodes in the applicator tip. The RF energy generates deep dermal heat to induce and accelerate the healing process of the skin. This treatment stimulates new collagen growth, which leads to a tighter, rejeuvenated appearance of the skin. Since eMatrix does not affect the skin surface or color, it can be used for all skin types.

Recommended Procedures for Acne Scars and Acne Treatment

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Beyond Acne

Patient Preferred Dermatology works with patients to treat a variety of medical skin conditions besides acne, including psoriasis, moles, skin cancer, and more. Your doctor will work with you to assess and treat you as an individual with specific needs, providing care best suited to your unique condition and situation. We always prioritize a patient's health while also maximizing aesthetic results.

Set up a consultation with one of our doctors at Patient Preferred Dermatology in Orange County to learn more about treatments for acne and acne scars in Long Beach, Los Alamitos, and beyond. Call (562) 430-4294 or contact us online.

* individual results may vary