Acne breakouts can happen in teenagers and adults, and our acne treatments in Santa Monica may help you manage them so they don’t interfere with your lifestyle. Acne is caused when dead skin cells, the skin’s natural oil, and bacteria join together in a hair follicle and create inflammation. Managing acne breakouts in Santa Monica includes exfoliating dead skin cells, removing excess oil, and killing the bacteria.

There is not one treatment that cures everyone’s acne since each person has a different skin type, oil production, and other factors that contribute to acne breakouts. When you meet our skin specialist, your acne will be examined and the best acne treatments recommended.

Salicylic acid is a common ingredient in many over-the-counter acne creams and washes. It is a beta-hydroxy acid that removes dead skin cells and dissolves excess oil. It is also an anti-inflammatory, which makes it good for treating inflammations that are deep in the skin and occur because the hair follicle ruptured. Since over-the-counter products need to be suitable for everyone, they often don’t have enough of the active ingredient to do any good. When you have a consultation with our skin specialist, you may be given salicylic acid in prescription medication.

Retinol comes from vitamin A and is often used as an anti-aging skin remedy. For acne, it causes the skin cells to develop faster so they can be exfoliated before they have a chance to clog pores. It also decreases oil production and is an anti-inflammatory. Prescription retinol products may not only help with existing breakouts, but it may also help prevent acne from forming.

Laser therapies may be used in combination with other treatments for mild to moderate breakouts. These offer a direct yet non-invasive route.

For more information about our acne treatments and what they can do for you, we warmly encourage you to reach out and make an appointment with Grossman Dermatology! Here at our office in Santa Monica, our dedicated team of professionals will be ready and eager to explain your options in full, answer any questions you may have, and help you eradicate your acne once and for all. Contact us today to set up your consultation – we look forward to hearing from you!

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