Combat Acne in San Mateo CA
Studies show that an estimated 85% of all adolescent shave some form of acne and out of them 30%–50% experience psychiatric disturbances due to their skin condition. Additionally, some studies also have shown that salary and self esteem are lower among adults with acne than those without. These statistics are unacceptable and should not be tolerated since there are many treatment options available and no one deserves to be discriminated against and have their quality of life negatively impacted.
What is Acne?
Acne vulgaris is a very common skin disorder of the pilosebaceous unit, an oil gland connected to a hair follicle. Overstimulation of this gland leads to increased oil production, called sebum, which is normally responsible for lubrication and waterproofing of the skin and the hair. These glands are found in greatest numbers over the face and scalp, but are also present on the back, shoulders, and even buttock.
Who gets acne?
Acne affects both sexes equally. Acne problems might develop as early as 6–8 years old or may not appear until well after the age of 20 or later. Some people might develop hormonal acne in their 40’s. Genetic predisposition appears to play a very important role as well as diet.
How does it develop?
Acne development consists of four key elements:
follicular epidermal hyperproliferation
excess sebum production
the presence and activity of bacterium Propionibacterium acnes.
Treatment is tailored to address all of these stages and often consist of a combination of more than one treatment option.
What are some of the current available treatments on the market?
Acne vulgaris treatments consists of many local and systemic treatments.
Skin cleansers, salicylic acid, azelaic acid, benzoyl peroxide, topical antibiotics, retinoids, oral contraceptives, corticosteroids, phototherapy, Isolaz Lser, and natural supplements.
How can Dr. Lin can help?
We love to help acne patients. Rather than traditional long term antibiotics and accutane, we prefer alternative but effective therapy. We start with plant derived oral supplements that will effeftively block production of oil on skin. You should notice decrease of deep cystic acne and oil production within few days of supplement. Then by using combination of Salicylic and Retinoid Acid peels, we reduce existing acne quickly so you achieve smoother complexion quickly. Using gentle yet effective topical products to clear your skin and reduce scars. For grade 4 cystic acne, Isolaz laser will be used in combination with chemical peel to shut down oil production for the deep pore cleanse. If needed, we use Fraxel and Dermapen Microderm with combination of PRP/Growth Factors to reduce acne scars and rebuild your confidence.