Acne, Adult Acne & Acne Scarring


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

What is Acne

Although acne is often thought of as a teenage problem, many of us continue to have blemishes for many years beyond. Stress, heredity, and hormonal fluctuations contribute to acne flares. Deeper acne bumps and cysts can result in prolonged redness and pitted scarring. Untreated acne can result in permanent scarring. A combination of customized home-care products and in-office treatments can improve the texture of your skin and eliminate breakouts. More severe acne can benefit from oral medications that are prescribed by a dermatologist. While there is no cure for acne, our extensive team of specialists can help keep your acne under control and minimize breakouts.

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 prescription skincare products and in-office treatments can improve the texture of your skin and reduce breakouts. If you have more severe acne, one of our physicians may recommend oral medication. Although acne can’t be cured, it can be minimized and kept under control.

What is an Acne Facial?

Under the supervision of our board certified dermatologists an acne facial at our Medi Spa lasts for 60 minutes and is specially designed to help treat acne and minimize future breakouts. Our deep-pore cleansing facial is designed to relieve breakouts and eliminate blackheads. It includes exfoliation, and a detoxifying mask customized for the individual needs of each client. Proper hydration, along with a non comedogenic SPF will always be applied. Home care recommendations for acne will also be provided.

What is TheraClearX Acne Therapy System?

The TheraClearX acne therapy system is an in-office treatment featuring gentle vacuum technology combined with the delivery of broadband UVB light for the treatment of mild to moderate acne, including comedonal (blackheads and whiteheads), pustular and inflammatory acne vulgaris. Click here to learnmore about TheraClearX.

What Are Acne Scars?

Acne scars are often the result of severe or chronic breakouts, which can damage both the surface of your skin and the tissues beneath. As a breakout clears up, your body produces collagen to support the healing process. If your body happens to overproduce collagen, it can cause you to develop raised acne scars, the kind that are most commonly seen along the chest and back. When your body produces too little collagen, it can cause you to develop depressed acne scars, or the small pits along the surface of your skin that are commonly seen on the face.

How is Acne Scarring Treated?

Scars are one of the most common skin flaws, and acne scars are among the most common types of scarring. While some people don’t feel bothered by the appearance of their scars, others view these aesthetic abnormalities as an intrusion in their day-to-day life.

Acne scarring can be the result of untreated acne and has been notoriously difficult to treat in the past.  At Kalia Dermatology and Laser Center in Los Gatos, California, our renowned dermatologists offer a variety of treatments designed to improve the appearance of acne scars and other surface irregularities including fractional lasers, microneedling, microneedling with radiofrequency and chemical peels.

Fractional Laser Resurfacing

Kalia physicians use laser skin resurfacing to target acne scars and diminish their appearance. Laser technology works by delivering precision light beams deep into the dermis of your skin, where it causes miniscule perforations in the scar tissue. This triggers your body’s healing response, which stimulates collagen growth and helps tighten underlying tissues. This technique is a good choice for patients who want to reduce the appearance of widespread acne scarring. It can be used on your back and chest as well as your face. Fractional laser treatments promote healthier, smoother looking skin with few side effects, and usually require little or no recovery time. Click here to learn more about Fractional Laser Resurfacing.

Chemical Peel

This treatment involves the application of a chemical solution, or “peel” to your facial skin. It’s designed to gently peel away the top layer of your skin to reduce the appearance of skin damage, including uneven skin tone, fine lines, and acne scars. The chemical solution may be applied lightly or rubbed more forcefully, depending on your needs and the overall goal of your treatment. Kalia physicians use Vitalize Peel®, one of the safest, strongest chemical peels available, to give patients a complete and predictable chemical peel treatment with little down time. Vitalize Peel is designed to exfoliate your skin, give you a softer, smoother complexion, and allow your skin care products to penetrate more effectively.


Microneedling involves using small needles to create micro-wounds on the surface of your skin to stimulate the production of collagen and new skin. This cutting-edge treatment can be used to improve the appearance of acne scarring, as well as stretch marks and wrinkles. Because the tiny wounds created by microneedling are very superficial, the procedure requires nothing more than topical numbing creams. At Kalia Dermatology and Laser Center, microneedling is performed by a licensed RN under a board certified dermatologists supervision, as is required by law. Click here to learn more about Microneedling.

Microneedling with Radiofrequency

Microneedling with Radiofrequency, also commonly called Vivace, makes an excellent treatment for acne scarring that is safe for all skin types. Similar to Microneedling, the Vivace creates micro-wounds on your face. The difference being when the micro needles of the Vivace handpiece are inserted into the skin, a pulse of radio frequency energy is delivered into the surface below the skin, and stimulates even more collagen growth. This treatment is tolerated well with topical numbing cream, and requires little to no downtime. At Kalia Dermatology and Laser Center, Vivace is performed by a licensed RN under a board certified dermatologists supervision, as is required by law. Click here to learn more about Vivace.

How to treat a deep, painful pimple

by The American Academy of Dermatology

How to apply topical acne medication

by The American Academy of Dermatology

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