Acne Specialist

Hannah Vu, MD -  - Cosmetic Surgeon

Skinzone Laser & Cosmetic Surgery

Hannah Vu, MD

Cosmetic Surgeon located in Alhambra, CA & Santa Ana, CA

Acne is one of the most common skin problems, affecting both teenagers and adults. It can cause embarrassment and, if left untreated, severe skin issues. Dr. Hannah Vu offers many effective acne treatments at Skinzone Laser & Cosmetic Surgery in Alhambra and Santa Ana, California. These treatments eliminate the spread of acne and remaining scars to restore the natural beauty of your skin. Book your consultation online today.

Acne Q & A

What is acne?

Acne is a chronic, inflammatory skin disease involving the oil glands at the base of hair follicles. It causes whiteheads, cysts, pimples, and red spots on several areas of the body, including:

  • Face
  • Back
  • Shoulders
  • Neck
  • Upper arms
  • Chest

Blocked hair follicles produce acne.

The skin contains pores that connect to oil glands while follicles connect these glands to the pores. The glands produce an oily liquid called sebum, which carries dead skin cells through the follicles to the skin’s surface.

When follicles become blocked, oil builds under the skin and causes skin cells, sebum, and hair to cluster into a plug. As bacteria infects the plug, it swells and develops into a pimple.

Not all bacterial strains cause pimples. The frequency and severity of acne growth depend on the kind of bacteria growing inside the plug.

What are the risk factors for acne?

Acne affects over 50 million people each year and is a standard part of puberty. While it isn’t dangerous, it can cause self-esteem issues and leave permanent scars on the skin.

Acne also affects adults. Males and females are equally susceptible to developing acne, even when they’re in their 50s and 60s. Risks for developing acne include:

  • Genetics
  • Stress and anxiety
  • Menstrual cycles and hormones
  • Medication
  • Living in hot and humid climates
  • Using oil-based cosmetics
  • Squeezing pimples

What is the treatment for acne?

Acne treatment depends on the frequency and severity of the condition. Over-the-counter medicated soaps and creams can often treat mild acne successfully.

Good skin hygiene is essential for clearing up existing acne and preventing future breakouts. Healthy habits include:

  • Keeping your hands clean and away from your face
  • Avoiding oil-based makeup and removing all cosmetics before sleeping
  • Wearing loose clothing to prevent acne growth on other areas of the body
  • Washing clothing and outerwear regularly to remove skin residue

For moderate to severe acne, Dr. Vu provides various treatment options based on your needs. She performs a comprehensive skin analysis and reviews your medical history to provide the most effective treatment.

Treatments may include injections, oral medications, and antibiotics, or topical treatments for the skin. She may also use advanced laser and light technology to treat acne and acne scars.