Acne Treatment Specialist

Kalia Dermatology & Laser Center

Dermatologists located in Los Gatos, CA

As the many adults who deal with blemishes and chronic breakouts know all too well, acne is not just a problem that affects teenagers. Stress, hormonal fluctuations, and genetics can all contribute to breakouts and flare-ups. At Kalia Dermatology and Laser Center in Los Gatos, California, board-certified dermatologist Dr. Iris Gin offers advanced acne treatment technology designed to clear up breakouts and help minimize their recurrence. Backed by a first-rate team of clinicians, Dr. Gin serves patients from across the San Francisco Bay area.

Acne Treatment Q & A

What causes adult acne?

Acne, which can appear on the skin of your face neck, chest, back, or shoulders, is usually caused by hair follicles that have become plugged with oil and dead skin cells. Although acne is more common among teenagers — it’s estimated to affect at least 70% of all adolescents — the number of adults who have acne is growing. More women, in particular, are experiencing acne in their 30s, 40s, 50s, and beyond.  

The oil-clogged pores that give rise to acne can be made worse when the bacteria that lives on your skin, p. acnes, get inside your pores and multiply. This can lead to deep inflammation and the appearance of painful acne cysts.

Why is it important to treat acne?

Persistent acne can seem like a tidal wave problem, meaning just as pimples and bumps are finally clearing up, new ones begin to emerge. But allowing the condition to run its course isn’t usually the best idea, because it can lead to permanent skin flaws, including dark spots and scarring. There are a variety of effective therapies available, and the earlier you start treatment, the lower your risk of lasting physical damage. Using a combination of customized skincare products and in-office treatments can improve the texture of your skin and reduce breakouts. If you have more severe acne, Dr. Gin may recommend oral medication. Although acne can’t be cured, it can be minimized and kept under control.  

How can photodynamic therapy help?

Dr. Gin always strives to meet her patients’ needs with the latest, most advanced technologies, and her approach to acne care is no different. At Kalia Dermatology and Laser Center, acne treatment patients have access to the best possible care, including BLU-U® blue light therapy, a photodynamic treatment that uses a special blue light to target the acne-causing bacteria growing in your pores.

BLU-U light therapy is ideal for patients with moderate acne who are either uncomfortable taking antibiotics or are unhappy with their current topical treatment results. The treatment itself simply requires you to sit with your face, chest, or back close to the light. This safe, easy, and effective method is both pain-free and FDA-approved. Following treatment, you can expect to see clearer skin for about six months.

*Individual Results May Vary