Acne Specialist

Glendale Dermatology

Dermatologists located in Glendale, CA

The dermatologists at Glendale Dermatology provide acne care that is tailored to the specific needs of each individual patient. Appointments are available to patients from throughout the Greater Los Angeles area at the office conveniently located in Glendale, California.

Acne Q & A

Glendale Dermatology

What is Acne?

Acne is a skin condition most common among teenagers but can also occur well into adulthood. Acne appears when the pores in the areas of skin that produce the most oil become plugged with sebum and dead skin cells, causing inflammation around the clogged pore. The areas most affected are the face, neck, chest, back, and shoulders. Symptoms can come and go, and may flare up at certain times as a result of hormonal or environmental triggers such as pregnancy, menstrual periods, high levels of humidity, using oily cosmetics or hair products, and taking certain medications. Severe cases of acne may cause scarring, which can have a damaging emotional effect on the sufferer. If acne symptoms do not respond to over-the-counter treatments, or if scarring develops as the acne clears up, one of the dermatologists at Glendale Dermatology should be consulted.

What Causes Acne?

Acne is caused by the buildup of oil and sebum in a pore, which then becomes irritated and inflamed. The clogging of a pore is often due to an overproduction of oil, a buildup of bacteria or a shedding of dead skin cells. This build up forms a soft plug that forces the follicle wall to bulge and protrude from the skin, causing a lesion. The cause of excess oil production varies from person to person and can include a combination of several factors, including hormones, bacteria, heredity and, in some cases, the use of certain medications.

How is Acne Treated?

The providers at Glendale Dermatology customize the prescribed treatments for acne to address the specific needs of each individual patient. Treatment methods for acne reduce oil production and increase the speed of skin-cell turnover, preventing new blemishes from developing. Acne treatment also focuses on reducing inflammation to soothe and reduce current symptoms. Treatment may include a combination of topical creams or ointments and prescription medications that include antibiotics and oral contraceptives. Chemical peels are used to remove the uppermost layers of skin, which removes the blockages from pores. In some cases, the dermatologist may perform extractions, but bear in mind that you should never do this to your own skin at home. Laser treatment or blue light treatment is also an effective tool in fighting acne.

Major Insurance Providers Accepted

At Glendale Dermatology, we accept PPO plans of the following insurances. We do not accept any EPO plans, HMO, or Covered California plans at this time. We apologize for any inconvenience. We gladly accommodate patients without insurance who wish to pay out of pocket with discounted prices.

Aetna
Anthem Blue Cross
Blue Cross
Blue Shield
Cigna
Health Net
Medicare
Tricare
UMR
United Healthcare