Acne Specialist

Wallace Skin & Body Institute

Dermatologist located in Ladera Heights, Los Angeles, CA

Whether you’re one of the millions of teenagers with severe acne or you’ve developed a case as an adult, clinical acne treatment can bring down inflammation and reduce oil production to clear your skin. At Wallace Skin & Body Institute in the Ladera Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles, California, celebrity cosmetic dermatologist Paul Wallace, MD, MPA, diagnoses and treats acne and lasting acne scars. Call the office today to schedule an evaluation or request an appointment online at any time.

Acne

What is acne?

Acne, the most common skin condition in the United States, develops when the follicles within your skin get blocked with sebum. Sebum is a natural oil that your skin produces to carry dead skin cells to the surface where they eventually fall off. 

Everyone produces sebum, but not everyone gets acne. Often, an overproduction of sebum comes from hormonal changes related to puberty, menstruation, stress, or pregnancy and results in acne. In other cases, acne breakouts are the result of greasy cosmetic products or certain medications. 

During a breakout, you develop small bumps where the sebum has clogged the pore. These acne bumps can be:

  • Red pimples
  • Whiteheads
  • Blackheads
  • Cysts embedded in deep layers of skin

Naturally occurring bacteria on your skin can infect the pimples and cause irritation and inflammation. 

What are the long-term effects of acne?

In a clear majority of cases, acne clears up with no long-term effects either with or without clinical treatment. However, managing your acne improperly, picking at your acne, or popping your pimples might lead to long-term skin changes that require additional treatment. 

Acne scars affect the texture of your skin and are next to impossible to fully conceal with makeup. They often come from acne that damages deeper layers of your skin, especially when your skin can’t produce enough collagen to rebuild the area of damage. 

Several different treatment options can address and minimize acne scars, whether they’re depressed, raised, or discolored. Dr. Wallace frequently recommends laser treatment or microneedling with platelet-rich plasma (PRP) to stimulate your fibroblasts and improve acne scar healing. There are also dermal fillers that can fill in depressed acne scars to minimize their appearance.

What are my treatment options for acne?

At Wallace Skin & Body Institute, Dr. Wallace evaluates your acne and helps you determine its causes. Although there are many treatments available for acne, most mild cases are manageable with routine skin care. 

Dr. Wallace’s product line, Wallace Skincare, includes the BELIEVE anti-acne clear skin kit to manage acne with a gentle foam cleanser, spot treatment, brightening cream, moisturizer with sunscreen, and a detoxifying mask. 

If your acne is severe and requires further clinical treatment, Dr. Wallace works with you to develop a plan. Options for acne include:

  • Corticosteroid injections
  • Oral antibiotics 
  • Retinoids
  • Hormonal contraceptives
  • Blue light therapy
  • Chemical peels like the VI Peel® or the Beta-Lift salicylic acid peel

Dr. Wallace evaluates your acne throughout treatment. While creating your personalized treatment plan, he considers strategies that decrease oil production, bring down inflammation, and prevent scarring. It can take months or years for your skin to clear fully, depending on the severity of your case. 

Severe or persistent acne can have a major impact on your self-image. To explore clinical treatments for acne and acne scars, call Wallace Skin & Body Institute, or request an appointment online right away.