Acne Treatment Specialist

Westwood Laser

Elias Paikal, MD

Medical Spa located in Westwood, Los Angeles, CA

Affecting over a million Americans every year, acne can be a blow not only to your skin but also to your self-confidence. With so many types of acne and even more acne treatments, it can be an overwhelming and expensive undertaking to get your acne under control. At Westwood Laser in the Westwood neighborhood of Los Angeles, Elias Paikal, MD, and his team can help identify and address your skin issues using goal-oriented treatment plans specially tailored to your skin. For fast and effective acne treatment, call the office or book an appointment online today.

Acne Treatment Q & A

What is acne?

Acne is a skin condition that happens when the hair follicles become clogged by dead skin cells, oil, and pollution. This results in acne that appears on the surface of the skin. While acne isn’t a serious health issue, it can be the cause of emotional distress, leaving you physically scarred and with low self-esteem.

At Westwood Laser, Dr. Paikal and his team understand your frustrations and can help clear your skin, prevent further acne from occurring, and restore your confidence.

What are the different kinds of acne?

Acne takes many forms and identifying what type of acne you have is the first step to clear skin. Types of acne include:

  • Whiteheads: closed pimple under the surface of the skin
  • Blackheads: pimple on the skin’s surface with a black-colored top
  • Papules: small, pink, tender bumps
  • Pustules: papules with a pus-filled top
  • Cysts: deep, painful pimples that often leave scars

There are many different types of acne, which is why it can be difficult to find the correct treatment. If you’re struggling to identify the type of acne you have, schedule a consultation at Westwood Laser.

What causes acne?

There are a number of factors that cause acne, some of which you can control. Things that can trigger and worsen acne include:

  • Hormones, both during puberty and adulthood
  • Medication
  • Makeup
  • High stress levels
  • Genetics
  • Diet

If you feel your acne is getting worse and the flare-ups happen more often, it may be time to see the team at Westwood Laser.

How is acne treated?

Depending on your age and the kind of acne you have, Dr. Paikal and his aesthetic team tailor a plan that involves in-office treatments to improve the quality of your skin, as well as products to use at home. Your treatment focuses on your specific skin concerns and may include:

  • Chemical peels to professionally exfoliate dead skin
  • Clay masques to detoxify your skin
  • High-frequency facial to kill bacteria
  • Manual extractions

In addition to the above in-office remedies, Dr. Paikal may also prescribe medicated washes and creams that are more effective than over-the-counter products. He can also advise you on the best treatments and products based on your age, skin condition, and lifestyle preferences.

If you or your teen have already tried over-the-counter acne solutions and aren’t seeing the results you want, call Westwood Laser or schedule a consultation online today.