Acne

Gould-Jacobson Dermatology

Dermatologists located in Menlo Park, CA

With their expertise in modern acne solutions, Elizabeth Gould, MD and Sarah Jacobson, MD of Gould-Jacobson Dermatology in Menlo Park, California can help treat and prevent acne breakouts. They offer a range of treatments for minor to severe acne as well as deep acne scars. You don’t have to live another day with uncontrollable acne. Call or book an acne evaluation online today.

Acne Q & A

What causes acne?

Acne develops when hair follicles and pores throughout your skin are clogged with oil, dead skin cells, and debris. The result is visible bumps, including whiteheads, cysts, and blackheads, that develop in your skin. You might be prone to developing acne due to:

  • Hormonal imbalances
  • Stress or anxiety
  • A family history of acne

In some cases, acne is a side effect of certain medications, like corticosteroids. This is why it’s important to discuss all of your medications — even over-the-counter varieties and supplements — with your dedicated dermatologist. Call or book an appointment online for an acne evaluation today.

How is acne treated?

At Gould-Jacobson Dermatology, Dr. Gould and Dr. Jacobson offer many solutions for treating acne and preventing future breakouts. Acne treatments are designed to reduce oil production, minimize inflammation, and speed up cell turnover. Your customized treatment plan may include a combination of treatments.

The Gould-Jacobson team proudly offers several lines of clinical-grade skin care and acne solutions, including the Obagi® line of products and advanced chemical peels. Your acne treatment plan could also include:

  • Topical retinoid creams
  • Antibiotic medications
  • Salicylic or azelaic acid solutions
  • Anti-androgen agents
  • Oral contraceptives (for women)
  • Oral isotretinoin

To improve the appearance of acne scars, you may benefit from laser skin resurfacing with the Cynosure® Palomar Icon™ Lux 1540 fractional laser system. This revolutionary technology helps stimulate collagen formation beneath acne scars, resulting in smoother, firmer skin.

How do I prevent acne?

In many cases, you can prevent acne breakouts or minimize their severity. Once Dr. Gould and Dr. Jacobson treat your current breakout and any lingering scars, they can work with you to prevent future issues. Acne prevention techniques may include:

  • Showering after exercise or sports
  • Avoiding greasy cosmetics or lotions
  • Avoiding picking or touching existing pimples

You can also minimize skin irritation from acne by protecting your skin from the sun. The team at Gould-Jacobson Dermatology offer clinical-grade EltaMD® broad-spectrum sunscreen, as well as specialized UPF (ultraviolet protection factor) hats by Wallaroo®. These solutions can protect your skin from the sun’s irritating rays.

Before living another day with an embarrassing acne flare-up, see what the team at Gould-Jacobson Dermatology can do for you. Book your appointment online or over the phone today.