Acne is one of the most common skin conditions in the U.S., affecting approximately 60 million people each year. While many cases are mild and can be controlled with medication and a consistent at-home cleansing routine, many individuals have it so severely that scarring can occur. Acne generally is a combination of pimples, whiteheads, blackheads, small cysts, and other red, itchy, and inflamed areas on the skin. It is caused by a combination of clogged pores, dead skin cells, and bacteria and is most often seen in teenagers. However, it can affect adults of any age and often affects adults into their 40s. Acne most commonly appears on the face, chest, and back. To regain a healthier, more luminous look, consider making an appointment at Pacific Skin in Corte Madera, CA. Our team can provide numerous therapy alternatives, which range from personalized at-home cleansing methods to prescription drugs and laser treatment.
"I went in to have a basal spot on my back removed. I’ve been a patient of Dr. Evans for years. She’s the best. I’ve never had a bad experience with her or anyone that works for her. She’s an excellent doctor and I trust her judgment/diagnoses completely. I particularly appreciated the way the procedure was handled. Everything is thoroughly explained and as they’re ‘working’ they tell you exactly what they’re about to do so there are no surprises. I highly recommend Dr. Evans (and in fact have recommended her to many of my friends). Having basal cells removed (I think the procedure is called Mose) is not a pleasant experience but Dr. Evans and her staff make it as pleasant and painless as possible"- A.D. / Google / May 30, 2019
"Dr Evan's has been treating my various dermatological issues for several years. Every visit is met with professionalism and complete confidence with what I present. When I needed further diagnosis she was quick to refer me to a specialist. Dr Evans has made herself available on a few occasions after hours to discuss my emergent needs."- Anonymous / Healthgrades / May 28, 2019
"DR Evans is thorough, very well educated and has an excellent staff in her well appointed office."- V.K. / Facebook / May 09, 2019
"I LOOOVE Dr. Evans and her whole team! Incredible customer service and great results for cool sculpting on my husband and fraxel on me! My skin is completely transformed and my husband was able to eliminate some fat pockets that no amount of exercise could touch! This is a top notch medical team with fabulous cosmetic services as well as the highest quality dermatology! I want to particularly thank Shantelle for being such a rock star! I'll be coming back for more and referring all my friends!"- E.M. / Yelp / Apr 30, 2019
"I love the quiet, spa-like atmosphere of Dr Evans' Corte Madera office. She and her staff offer a diverse array of treatments as well as complete dermatological care. Recently, I tried cool sculpting with Shantelle and was so pleased with the results. Shantelle is a skilled practitioner and very reassuring. I can't say enough good things about this office."- M.K. / Yelp / Apr 09, 2019
Acne occurs when a hair follicle (or pore) becomes clogged with sweat, dirt, dead skin cells, etc. With healthy skin, our natural oils make their way to the surface through our pores. However, when the pores are clogged, these oils cannot move past that blockage. As this oil remains below the surface, it can begin to harbor bacteria. This bacteria then triggers the body to send extra white blood cells to the area, which is the cause of the inflammation and redness that occurs as a blemish develops. Over time, this collection of bacteria, dead skin cells, and white blood cells erupt from its blockage, which is what we call a pimple. Acne flare-ups can be related to multiple things, such as hormonal changes, certain medications, anxiety, and an unhealthy diet. When the specific cause of your acne is determined, we can establish a suitable treatment program.
Symptoms of acne may vary, depending on the sort of acne you have and how severe it is. Blemishes are a standard, observable symptom of acne and present themselves in many obvious forms, such as whiteheads, cysts, pustules, papules, nodules, and blackheads. Every variation of blemish ranges from moderate to severe and will have to be handled accordingly. Various studies show that acne may also cause psychological symptoms, like lowered self-confidence and depression. Other symptoms related to acne are dark areas on the skin and lasting scars.
Research shows that over-the-counter medications don't treat severe acne effectively. Pacific Skin offers numerous treatment options to control and manage acne and clear its symptoms. For milder cases of acne, prescription medications, such as topical solutions and creams that contain sulfur, retinoids, salicylic acid, and benzoyl peroxide, can help. There are also oral antibiotics, such as doxycycline, minocycline, or tetracycline that are effective to use. In addition to topical and oral prescriptions, laser treatments have also proven effective. Not only can a laser treatment help to deep clean and attack dead skin cells under the dermal layer, but it can also help reduce redness and other pigmentation issues associated with acne. Chemical peels and extractions may also help, depending on the type of acne you are experiencing. Other treatment options include laser skin resurfacing, dermal fillers and fat transfer, excision surgery, and dermabrasion or microdermabrasion.
Our patients typically notice the results of their acne treatments within about eight weeks; however, please keep in mind that every patient is different. During your consultation, we will be able to discuss realistic expectations for your particular case.
Clearer, brighter skin
If you're fed up with masking your acne with cosmetics or enduring the discomfort that can accompany it, we invite you to contact Pacific Skin Corte Madera to schedule a consultation. Our team of dermatological professionals has years of experience in evaluating skin conditions and creating personalized acne treatments. After your first visit, you'll be just a few months away from clearer, fresher skin.