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Acne Treatment

In The San Francisco Bay Area

Acne Treatment

In The San Francisco Bay Area

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Acne Specialist in the San Francisco Bay Area

At PotozkinMD Skin Care and Laser Center, our acne treatment specialists will identify the underlying causes of acne and help you prevent future breakouts so that you can look and feel your best.

Treat and prevent acne once and for all

What causes acne?

One of the most common and frustrating skin conditions that people can experience is acne. Acne is an inflammatory skin disorder that occurs when hair follicles under the skin become clogged. 

Usually the clogged pores are caused by:

  • High production and excess of sebum oil in the pore
  • Build up of dead skin cells in the pore
  • Growth of bacteria in the pore 

Though it is most commonly a skin issue for adolescents and young adults, some people will continue experiencing it well into their 40s and 50s. 

There are several factors that can contribute to your risk for developing acne originally:

  • Hormones
  • Family history
  • Medications
  • Age

Stress, diet, certain products, and environmental irritants aren’t original causes of acne, but will negatively impact the existing condition you may be facing.

Contrary to popular belief, pimples are not a condition on their own, but a symptom of the larger condition of acne. When the follicles and pores become clogged from dirt, oil, bacteria, or dead skin cells, it can cause the appearance of visible and sometimes painful symptoms such as pimples, whiteheads, and blackheads. When untreated or when the acne shows a resistance to treatment, it can become inflamed and swollen, causing the most severe cystic-type acne. 

Acne presents as both superficial and deeper lesions:

  • Comedones (Blackheads and Whiteheads)
  • Papules (Small Red Bumps)
  • Pustules (White or Yellow Puss-filled Spots)
  • Nodules (Larger and Painful Red Bumps)
  • Pseudocysts (Cyst-like Swelling)

Though acne is most common in adolescents (more so males) who may be going through puberty and hormonal issues, some adults may experience post-adolescent acne which will usually show up in their mid-to-late twenties. 

Adult acne

Adult acne affects more women than men usually and can be brought on by premenstrual symptoms (PMS) and environmental factors. Other common causes are:

  • Irritating products being used on the skin
  • A diet high in sugar or dairy
  • High stress
  • Medications
  • Alcohol and smoking
  • Genetics or hormones related to pregnancy 
  • PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Disease)

There have been many medical advances over the years, and thankfully there are ways to treat and control any issues with acne you may be facing.

Our Philosophy

“Our practice philosophy is simple — to deliver the very best care we can in the very best way we can. To us, that means we make each and every patient feel welcomed from the moment that they walk in the door until they leave the office. It means that we listen to what the patient has to say and address those concerns. It means we give advice and recommend treatments based on our extensive training with leaders in the field, our wealth of personal experience, and our commitment to excellence. For our cosmetic patients, it means working with the patient to achieve results that look natural, not overdone or exaggerated. It means that we always strive to do the right thing for the patient, as we value very highly ethics, honesty, and integrity. It means we stand behind what we do and will do everything in our power to get the best results we can for the patient. It means we carefully select the highest quality staff to represent us and help us carry out these goals. Lastly and most importantly, it means that we treat the patient the way we would want ourselves to be treated, with respect and kindness. Because at the end of the day, without all of our loyal patients, we wouldn’t have a practice.”

Extremely caring

"He saved my life! Literally! I've been seeing Dr. Potozkin for over 20 years and I wouldn't trust anyone else with my skin. I had melanoma 20 years ago and he took care of me and just recently I had it again. And might have more, but I'm waiting on the results. But if I do, I am confident that Dr Potozkin and his highly trained staff will take care of me. He is the best in his field. Everyone on his staff is so caring and helpful. I feel so comfortable when I'm there. So please, if you have any skin concerns, make an appointment, don't delay, your life may depend on it."

Diane D.
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Friendly & ThoughtFul

"Dr. Potozkin is an amiable, thoughtful provider.  His expertise is evidenced by his ability to diagnose and determine the appropriate treatment or options to address the issue at hand.  His staff is always welcoming, friendly and helpful which makes for an overall great experience at each visit.  I highly recommend POTOZKIN MD Skincare Center if you are seeking an outstanding specialist and staff."

Marian O.
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Efficient & Professional

"Dr. Potozkin and his team are the best! My skin issues/problems have drastically improved since I have been coming to this Doctor-over 5, maybe even 10 years. His staff is knowledgeable and friendly. The office is a flagship store that sells my favorite skin repair and healing products- by SkinCeuticals. I don’t live near this office, but I would never go anywhere else even if it’s closer. Absolutely worth the trip. The results are real!"

Gretchen Z.
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