Acne services offered in Pasadena, CA

Acne doesn’t automatically disappear once you reach the end of puberty. These pesky bumps can continue well into adulthood for many men and women. Board-certified dermatologist and Mohs surgeon Dr. Soleymani understands acne's impact on your self-esteem. At California Dermatology and Mohs Surgery Specialists in Pasadena, California, Dr. Soleymani offers the latest acne treatments to calm your skin and improve its appearance. Call the dermatology center today or schedule an appointment online to learn more.

Acne Q & A

What is acne?

Acne is a common skin condition that affects the sebaceous glands, producing an oily substance called sebum that houses your hair follicles. Inflammation can occur when the sebaceous glands clog with sebum, bacteria, and dead skin cells. This reaction causes red bumps and pimples to develop on the skin. 

While acne is most prevalent during puberty, it can persist into adulthood. Many people struggle with acne well into their 30s and 40s. As a board-certified dermatologist, Dr. Soleymani can treat acne that doesn’t respond to over-the-counter (OTC) treatments. You can enjoy clearer, smoother skin with less frequent breakouts.

Are there different types of acne?

Dr. Soleymani treats multiple types of acne at California Dermatology and Mohs Surgery Specialists, such as:

  • Blackheads
  • Whiteheads
  • Papules
  • Pustules
  • Nodules
  • Cysts

Nodules and cysts are particularly difficult to treat with OTC treatments. These types of acne develop deep beneath the skin. While cysts contain pus, nodules don’t. Popping these inflammatory lesions is dangerous and can lead to severe scarring. Professional dermatologic treatment is essential to preserve your skin health and prevent infections.

What causes acne?

The most common cause of acne is an overproduction of sebum, which is common during puberty and your teenage years. Many factors can increase your risk of acne as you age. These include:

  • Hormonal changes (pregnancy, menopause, etc.)
  • Hormonal contraceptives
  • Corticosteroids
  • Humid weather
  • Cosmetics
  • Oil-based skin care products
  • Genetics

Contrary to popular belief, sugar, and junk food don’t cause acne.

What are the treatments for acne?

Treating acne often involves a multifaceted approach to care, particularly if you have multiple types. Dr. Soleymani performs a comprehensive skin evaluation and medical history review. He works with you to identify your acne triggers and creates a personalized plan to reduce the frequency of your breakouts. 

After a thorough review of your skin, Dr. Soleymani may recommend a combination of the following treatments:

  • Topical medications (benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, retinoids, etc.)
  • Oral antibiotics
  • Isotretinoin (Accutane)
  • Light therapy
  • Lifestyle changes

Acne often leaves behind raised or depressed scars, which Dr. Soleymani can address at his office using state-of-the-art laser treatments.

Call California Dermatology and Mohs Surgery Specialists today or schedule an appointment online to learn more about acne.