If you’re troubled by frequent blemishes and breakouts, you’re not alone — acne is the most common skin condition in the United States, affecting millions of Americans at any given time. At Rapaport Dermatology of Beverly Hills in Beverly Hills and Culver City, California, top-rated dermatologist Vicki Rapaport, MD, offers comprehensive acne solutions designed to clear your skin, stop continuous breakouts, and prevent scars. Call your nearest Rapaport Dermatology of Beverly Hills office today, or schedule an appointment online any time.
Acne is a chronic condition that occurs when hair follicles become clogged with skin oils and dead skin cells, leading to the development of blackheads, whiteheads, papules, or pustules (pimples).
The resulting blemishes, which typically appear on the face, neck, chest, back, shoulders, or buttocks, can turn into painfully inflamed cysts when p. Acnes (bacteria that naturally exists on the surface of your skin) gets inside an oil-choked follicle and multiplies.
Although acne affects a higher proportion of teenagers and young adults, people of all ages — ranging from infants to older adults — can develop this bothersome skin problem.
In fact, acne is becoming increasingly common among middle-aged women. Hormonal changes, chronic stress, and genetics seem to make women more vulnerable to blemishes and breakouts in their 30s, 40s, and even 50s.
Persistent acne often seems like an endless cycle of breakouts — just as one breakout starts to clear up, another one emerges to take its place.
Many people are under the false assumption that it’s best to simply let each breakout run its course, but doing so could actually have major consequences for your skin: Chronic, untreated acne can lead to permanent skin discoloration and visible scarring.
A comprehensive treatment plan can help you clear your skin, minimize breakouts, and avoid serious or even irreversible skin damage. Acne can’t be cured, but it can be managed with the right approach.
While the acne treatment protocol that’s best for you depends on the persistence and severity of your condition, most treatment plans at Rapaport Dermatology of Beverly Hills involve:
Benzoyl peroxide, a medicated lotion that targets the bacteria that causes acne, can help clear up breakouts on the face, chest, or back. Isotretinoin is an oral medication for severe acne that works by decreasing the oils in your skin that clog your pores and follicles.
Laser therapy uses light energy to target overactive sebaceous glands, or the oil-producing glands that help fuel and sustain acne breakouts. It’s a gentle and highly effective way to both treat existing acne and prevent future breakouts.
If you’re ready to get control of your acne, call your nearest Rapaport Dermatology of Beverly Hills office or book online today.