Acne is a very common problem, which can be embarrassing and painful, and can cause scarring if left untreated. Many people believe that frequent washing or a change in diet will cure acne, but this is simply not true. Over-washing can actually worsen acne.
What is acne?
Sebaceous glands create an oily substance called sebum. Normally sebum is expelled through pores in the skin. In acne sufferers, these pores become clogged due to overproduction of sebum caused by hormones and other factors. When these pores become clogged they become infected with bacteria, creating pimples and inflammation.
While considered most common in teenagers who are experiencing hormonal changes, people of all ages can get acne. Hormonal changes during puberty, pregnancy, and the menstrual cycle, environmental irritants, and skin care products are all common causes of acne flare-ups. Acne typically appears on the face, neck, back, chest, and shoulders.
How is acne treated?
Dr. Rivkin uses a combination of therapies customized to each patient’s needs, based on skin type and severity of your acne. All of our acne regimens include:
We also use Photodynamic Therapy (PDT) to treat acne. PDT, a minimal downtime procedure, uses blue light of a specific wavelength which kills acne bacteria and dries up overactive oil glands without damaging the skin and other surrounding tissue.
You can also read frequently asked questions about acne here.
You can also read frequently asked questions about light acne treatment here.
During your free acne skin treatment consultation, Dr. Rivkin will evaluate your existing profile, desired end results, and explain the procedure in detail. You will have the opportunity to view before and after photos, so that you will know exactly what to expect from the treatment.
Dr. Rivkin’s patients know that they can get in touch with him at any time. He’s always in the office at Westside Aesthetics, and is personally involved in every treatment.
To learn more about Dr. Rivkin’s acne skin treatments including the treatment of acne scars, or to schedule your free consultation in the Los Angeles / Beverly Hills area, contact us by phone or email today.