Acne Specialist

Apex Dermatology

Skin Care Specialists located in Westlake Village, CA

Acne can keep you from feeling happy with your skin — and it can definitely squash your self-confidence too. Fortunately, there are great solutions waiting for you at Apex Dermatology in Westlake Village, California. For the latest state-of-the-art treatments and most effective acne solutions from board-certified experts at a world-class dermatology provider, book your appointment online or by phone now.

Acne Q & A

Why do I have acne?

There are a number of possible causes of acne, but the four most common culprits are:

  • Too much oil production
  • Clogged hair follicles
  • Bacteria
  • Hormonal spikes

Many other factors could contribute too. For example, family history often plays a role. Some medications may also trigger acne breakouts.

What treatments are available for acne?

Acne treatment is unique to your situation. Your Apex Dermatology provider determines the underlying cause of your acne and then creates a treatment approach personalized for your specific needs and goals. Some of the most effective options include:

Medication

Medication, which can include topicals, hormone blockers, antibiotics or acne-specific drugs, is often highly effective in controlling acne bacteria. One of the most powerful acne drugs available today, isotretinoin, is an excellent way for some patients to clear severe acne in the long term. We use this medication very successfully for those who need its power.

Brand names of isotretinoin include Accutane®, Absorica®, Amnesteem®, and Claravis®. You typically take these drugs for a limited time. Topical agents, specialized cleansers and custom prescription formulations may be used long term.  Excellent skin care and medical facials can have great benefit.

BLU-U®

BLU-U is a light treatment that destroys the bacteria that causes acne. These treatments are quick, simple, and pain-free. You sit with your face close to the BLU-U light for about 17 minutes at a time.

Most patients get great results from one or two treatment per week. Your total treatment course varies based on your needs and how you respond to the BLU-U light, but most patients have around six to eight weeks of treatment in total.

Medical Facials and Hydrafacials can be extremely helpful in controlling acne, accelerating your clearance, and maintaining your fresh face.

Medication and BLU-U are just two of the possible treatments for acne. Your Apex Dermatology care provider may also recommend the best treatment program for you.

How can I prevent acne from returning?

Preventing acne is a team effort. By working with your Apex Dermatology care provider, you can make smart choices that help prevent breakouts. Some common lifestyle adjustments that can help include:

  • Avoiding touching or picking at your face
  • Using face products specially formulated for acne-prone skin
  • Staying hydrated
  • Avoiding too much sun exposure

If you have other medical conditions that impact your acne, be sure to stay on top of your health in those areas. Your Apex Dermatology care provider always considers your unique situation when designing a long-term acne prevention plan.

If acne is making your skin look less than its best, request an appointment online or call Apex Dermatology for expert help today.