Acne Treatment in Manhattan Beach
Acne treatment, in our Los Angeles County based office, includes the latest, most effective plans to reduce and prevent breakouts.
Manhattan Beach dermatologist, Lawrence Moy, MD, has expertise in treating all types of acne. He can develop a personalized acne treatment plan that will help:
- Decrease oil production
- Increase skin cell turnover for glowing, healthy-looking skin
- Fight bacteria
- Reduce inflammation and pimples
- Prevent unwanted scars and pits
In addition, Dr. Moy has in-depth knowledge of and experience with prescription acne medications and over-the-counter acne treatments. Depending on the type of acne, he might recommend a topical acne treatment, acne lotion, or an oral acne medication such as an antibiotic for you.
Although acne does not cause serious health problems, it can permanently damage your skin, be painful and even be embarrassing.
The good news is that acne treatment with Dr. Moy can help you prevent breakouts and keep your skin looking and feeling its best!
What is acne?
Acne in is a condition involving the oil (or sebaceous) glands, hair follicles, and pores in the skin. It occurs when oil glands produce too much sebum ¾ a natural oil that lubricates the skin and hair. The sebum then mixes with dead skin cells and plugs the follicle. When the sebum and dead skin cells mix with bacteria, the follicle becomes infected and forms a pimple. In some cases, plugs form deep inside the hair follicle and cause a painful lump (or cyst) beneath the skin surface.
Most pimples occur on the face, neck, shoulders, chest, and back because those areas have the most oil glands.
Types of Pimples
The most common pimples are:
- Cysts – painful, pus-filled lumps beneath the skin surface. Cysts often leave scars
- Nodules – solid, painful lumps under the skin surface
- Whiteheads and Blackheads (comedones) – blocked hair follicles under the skin surface. Whiteheads are slightly raised bumps closed to the skin surface, whereas blackheads are open to the skin surface
- Papules – small raised, red, painful bumps
- Pustules – inflamed, red bumps that are topped with white pus
What causes acne?
The most common causes of acne are:
- Hormonal changes that occur at adolescence, during or after pregnancy, and sometimes at menopause
- Family history of acne
- Oral contraceptives and other medications such as corticosteroids, androgens, and lithium
- Oily topical cosmetics applied to the skin surface
- Contact with or friction from clothing, hats and helmets, telephones, purse straps, and backpacks
Some studies show foods that raise blood sugar, including those made with refined sugar and white flour, might contribute to acne; however, chocolate and greasy foods do not promote the condition.
Although having dirty skin also does not cause acne, it is important to follow your dermatologist’s treatment plan for gentle cleansing to remove excess oil and dead skin cells that contribute to acne. Harsh soaps, astringents, and chemicals can sometimes increase oil production, irritate the skin, and can worsen acne.
If you have or have had acne, you might be left with discolored areas, brown spots, acne scars, or acne pits. Dr. Moy offers the latest cosmetic procedures to reduce and eliminate acne scarring, including laser and light therapy, chemical peels, microdermabrasion, dermal fillers, and skin surgery.
Schedule an appointment for your acne consultation today!
Call Dr. Moy at 310-546-7780.