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Acne Specialist

Dermatology Arts

Medical, Surgical and Cosmetic Dermatology serving the areas of South Pasadena, Arcadia, San Marino, La Canada - Flintridge, and Los Angeles, CA

Acne is the most common skin condition in the United States and affects people of all ages. Getting treatment from the team of dermatology experts at Dermatology Arts in South Pasadena and Arcadia, California, for your acne is the best way to clear up your skin and prevent acne scars. Call the office closest to you or book an appointment online today.

Acne Q & A

What is acne?

Acne is a skin condition that occurs when skin cells, bacteria, and oil clog your pores, causing blemishes. Acne is common and affects people of all ages. However, it’s very common during adolescence. 

The hormonal changes that occur during the teen years trigger an increase in sebum production. Sebum is a type of oil that helps protect your skin. Overproduction of this oil weighs down your dead skin cells, preventing the natural shedding process.

These skin cells get trapped in your pores, along with the bacteria, dirt, and other debris from the surface of your skin. Your clogged pores then turn into blemishes or acne.  

What are the types of acne?

Acne appears as many types of blemishes. These types include:


Blackheads are open clogged pores that cause dark blemishes.


Whiteheads are closed clogged pores that appear as white bumps on your skin.


Papules are inflamed red bumps. 


Pustules are inflamed blemishes filled with pus. 


Nodules are solid pimples that go deep in your skin and may be large and painful. 


Cysts are pus-filled pimples. This type of acne is most likely to cause acne scars. 

When should I get medical care for my acne?

Acne varies from person to person. Some people have mild acne, while others have severe cases. However, no matter where your skin condition falls, you should visit the experts at Dermatology Arts for an acne consultation.

No single treatment works for all, and getting a diagnosis and treatment plan from the professionals may help quickly clear up your acne and prevent scarring.

The team conducts thorough evaluations of your skin to determine the best treatment for you.

How is acne treated?

Treatment for acne depends on the type and severity. After your acne consultation, the team devises your personalized treatment plan, which may include:

  • Healthy skin cleansing routine
  • Over-the-counter acne products (benzoyl peroxide, retinoids)
  • Prescription acne creams
  • Antibiotic creams
  • Oral antibiotics
  • Isotretinoin (oral retinoid)
  • Laser treatment
  • Chemical peels

No matter what treatment the team recommends for you, it takes time for the blemishes to disappear. The team schedules regular follow-ups to monitor your skin condition and adjust your plan as needed.

To schedule your acne consultation, call Dermatology Arts or book online today.