Acne is a common skin disease characterized by pimples on the face, chest, and back. Additionally, it occurs when the pores of the skin become clogged with oil, dead skin cells, as well as bacteria which tends to affect areas such as the face, chest and back. All of these factors interact to cause inflammation resulting in pimples that may become cystic (hardened under-the-skin), red, swollen, painful and filled with pus.
Comedonal Acne: Pimples that are dried, not red, and you can see either whiteheads or blackheads. The comedones can get steamed then extracted using a metal extractor. They respond best to Retin A and Benzoyl Peroxide. This will keep the pores clean and minimize the number of blackheads and whiteheads popping up.
Infected Acne: Usually red, painful, inflamed, and may contain pus, which means there is a large amount of bacteria inside. When these heal they tend to leave behind “PIH” or pigmented scars of red or brown discoloration. Either topical or oral antibiotic is good for this stage. Blue light or laser genesis can also vaporize the bacteria and lighten up the pigmented scars.
Hormonal Acne: This type of acne will tend to appear or worsen before a menstrual period. Hormonal changes as a woman ages can also trigger breakouts. This reaction is the result of levels of estrogen dropping during this period allowing for stronger testosterone levels to affect the oil glands, which increase sebum production and promote plugging and inflammation of pores. Spironolactone is a good androgen and has been used by many dermatologists to treat hormonal acne effectively.
Cystic Acne: This type of acne will form nodules that sometimes burrow deep into the skin. They form as a result of an enclosure of infected acne underneath the skin. They tend to heal by “eating” away at the skin.
Truncal Acne: These are pimples that affect the back or the chest. They usually appear as small red and pus-filled bumps. They often leave large brown spots (scars) all over the area.
Laser Genesis is a painless, photo-rejuvenation procedure that can correct several common conditions resulting in a much more youthful appearance. Reduced wrinkles, smaller pores, an improvement in skin texture, and erythema reduction!
Our exceptional facial is a combination of our best treatments to combat acne. We’ll begin with a light microdermabrasion using our Silk Peel to deep clean before extractions. This is followed by a soothing, relaxing mask suited to your unique skincare needs. Finally, we finish with a Blue Light Stim to kill the bacteria on the surface of the skin, preventing future acne breakouts.
"I did a facial treatment by Ms. Cherry. She had gentle hands and extracted my face carefully. I enjoyed the service and experience. You can definitely trust your skin to her. All staff are wonderful, informative and very friendly. I like how I received follow up about my appointment. They follow safety protocol." Ashley A| Rowland Heights. CA
"I met Joseph and his staff and he recommended spectra laser for my skin. I've had several treatments and have seen great improvement. I'd recommend this place to anyone with skin issues." Sam N. | Pasadena, CA
Use PMD cosmeceuticals and combine with the following prescriptions for best results.
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For more in depth information on the cause and prescription treatment of acne, please visit our Education section.