Acne

Mozhgan Ashtari, MD -  - Internal Medicine

Enliven Medical Clinic

Mozhgan Ashtari, MD

Internal Medicine & Medical Aesthetic Clinic located in Laguna Hills, CA

If you suffer from the most common skin condition in the United States, acne, treatment is possible to prevent severe outbreaks and scarring. At Enliven Medical Clinic in Laguna Hills, California, Mozhgan Ashtari, MD offers expert cosmetic and medical management of acne to help you get smoother, blemish-free skin and diminishes scars. Call the office today to learn how you can achieve the healthy skin you’ve always wanted, or you can book an appointment online.

Acne Q & A

When should I seek treatment for acne?

Acne affects teens and adults, especially women in their 30s and 40s. Acne deserves a medical evaluation when it looks like more than an occasional pimple and you have any of the following:

  • Blackheads and whiteheads
  • Cysts and nodules
  • Papules and pustules

Acne can appear on the back, face, neck, upper arms, buttocks, shoulders, and chest. Seek treatment for outbreaks when they bother you physically and make you self-conscious about your appearance. Leaving acne outbreaks untreated can lead to redness and swelling that results in scarring.

Why does acne occur?

Acne occurs when the pores in your skin become clogged with dead skin and your natural oils. If bacteria enters the clogged pores, inflammation occurs and develops into pimples, blackheads, cysts, or nodules.

What medical treatments are available for acne?

At Enliven Medical Clinic, Dr. Ashtari offers prescriptions for topical medications to destroy bacteria that contribute to acne inflammation. Topical treatments may also control oil production to help reduce acne breakouts.

In severe cases of acne, Dr. Ashtari may recommend oral medicines, including antibiotics, birth control pills to manage hormone production that contributes to breakouts, and isotretinoin – a prescription ingredient that addresses severe acne.

The Palomar Icon 1540® is laser treatment that delivers energy to your skin to reduce blemishes by stimulating the production of elastin and collagen, two important skin-strengthening compounds.

How are acne scars treated?

Dr. Ashtari uses the Palomar Icon 1540 laser to reduce the appearance of acne scars. The device is a nonablative, fractional laser that’s effective anywhere on the body. It also offers the benefit of addressing skin laxity, uneven texture, and fine lines. The Icon 1540 is FDA approved.

Treatment with the Icon 1540 is highly customizable, so Dr. Ashtari can address your specific skin concerns effectively.

You don’t have to live with acne or acne scars. Call Enliven Medical Clinic or book an appointment online to learn about effective treatments for you.