Acne affects up to 50 million people in the United States and will affect nearly 85 percent of all individuals throughout their lifetime, according to American Academy of Dermatology. A large majority of these individuals will also seek acne treatment at some point, which is why understanding acne is so important for treatment of acne and acne scar removal. A medical skin disease that affects both men and women at various levels of severity, acne typically appears during puberty but can affect people at any life stage.

Those who didn’t have acne during puberty are often more keen to understand it since they have relatively little knowledge about acne and different routes for acne treatment. Acne usually appears in regions of the skin with prevalent sebaceous follicles, including the face, back and chest. A skin inflammation caused by a pore-blocking oil called sebum and medically as acne vulgaris, acne ranges from occasional flare-ups of a few pimples to chronic breakouts. Acne can entail sporadic or ongoing breakouts in the form of pimples, deeper lumps (cysts or nodules) and plugged pores (blackheads and whiteheads). Due to the range of symptoms, acne treatment options are case specific.


Los Angeles patient before and after acne scar treatment with laser

Patient is delighted with her renewed complexion thanks to the use of Fraxel Dual for acne scar removal*

Though surprising to many people, adult acne is quite common with anywhere from 30 to 50 percent of adults experiencing acne and requiring acne treatment. However, dealing with acne and acne treatment in adults may be more problematic than teens since adults have drier skin. This affects acne treatment since adults are also dealing with skin dryness and wrinkles.


Adults who get little-to-no results for acne treatment with over-the-counter products or experience too many side effects, like itching, dryness or rash, would benefit from making an appointment with Dr. Umar at FineTouch Dermatology. Additionally, there are many myths about acne — from tanning improving it to certain foods causing it. Simply put, poor eating habits do not cause acne. While certain greasy foods and excessive chocolate or sugar consumption is not ideal for overall health, they don’t directly contribute to acne. More ways to improve your skin’s overall complexion can be discussed with Dr. U during an acne treatment and acne scar treatment consultation. Ideally a healthy, balanced diet keeps your body healthy and skin glowing but food choices don’t directly contribute to an outbreak.

As for stress, it also doesn’t have a definitive link to acne breakouts. Again, stress-reduction techniques will aid in overall health and wellness, but stress in and of itself is difficult to link directly to a breakout. As for tanning, it won’t automatically improve acne either. While some sun can improve acne breakouts in some people, the harsh UVA and UVB rays from the sun may further irritate breakouts in others.

Patients getting acne treatment and acne scar treatment procedures are also ultra sun-sensitive. Any extended period in the sun without sunscreen and protective clothing such as hats and sunglasses can even make skin issues worse if undergoing procedures, especially acne scar treatment. For adults with severe acne or those with ongoing acne since the teenage years, addressing the after-effects of scarring with acne scar treatment is even more reason to consult with Dr. U on the matter.


Numerous studies reveal that acne has negative effects on self-confidence and self-esteem, with it even being linked to depression. This is even more prevalent amongst adults with ongoing or severe acne. If no initial acne treatment is sought, the likelihood of permanent scarring can also lead to further emotional distress. This makes acne scar removal another important aspect of acne treatment, in addition to treating active acne issue.

Each person is in control of his or her own skin, which is why scheduling an appointment with Dr. U would be so beneficial. Dr. U can evaluate your acne issues to see which acne treatment, acne scar treatment and acne scar removal procedures would most improve your acne and/or acne scarring. Some of his main methods include Fraxel DUAL laser, Fraxel re:pair laser, Lutronic’s Spectra laser and photodynamic therapy (PDT) using Vbeam with Levuthan.