Acne is the most common of all skin problems, affecting up to 80% of adolescents and adults at some point in their lives. Moderate acne may include pimples, blackheads, and whiteheads, while more severe acne causes deep cysts and nodules that appear as lumps under the skin. There are four grades of acne, and the best treatments usually involve more than one method.

Our goal at Comprehensive Dermatology Center of Pasadena is to heal existing pimples, stop new breakouts, and prevent acne scarring. Toward that end, we offer the best and most advanced acne treatments available today. Using the latest technologies to reduce the production of the skin’s natural oils and speed up the creation of healthy cells, we treat adult acne, teenage acne, back acne, and baby acne.

Our acne treatment plans are highly customized based on each individual, as no single treatment is effective for all patients. The regimens are based on your skin type, your age, and the severity of your acne. While results may take a few weeks to show up, we will find the best remedies for you so that you can gain control over your appearance and the health of your skin.

The various treatments we offer for acne include:

Topical Medications

After an examination of your skin, we choose a prescription topical medication that is best suited to your skin type, condition, and grade of acne. These medications include alpha hydroxyl acid and Retin-A formulas. Benzoyl peroxide is one of the most effective bacteria killers, or an antibiotic cream might be prescribed.

Oral Medications

We sometimes prescribe oral antibiotics or medications such as isotretinoin and spironolactone. These medications will be monitored closely by your physician.

Steroid Injections

Steroid injections are most often used for nodules and cysts, which are two types of acne that cause large, painful lumps beneath the surface of the skin. These types of acne can take weeks to resolve on their own.

Chemical Peels

Chemical peels come in a variety of formulas and intensities. These peels rejuvenate and improve the appearance and texture of the skin by removing damaged skin layers, causing them to flake off to reveal the healthier, new skin underneath.


Call Comprehensive Dermatology Center of Pasadena today for an examination of your skin or to consult with us if you have been diagnosed with skin cancer.


Laser Treatments

Most laser and light-based therapies reach the deeper layers of skin without harming the skin’s surface. Because this technology treats the deeper layers, it is one of the best solutions for treating acne scarring and its damaging effect on the skin.


Microdermabrasion is primarily used to treat acne scars rather than acne itself. Known as “skin-sanding,” this procedure removes the very outer layer of the skin, eliminating skin depressions and smoothing the surface. It generally requires 4-6 treatments per year.

Soft Tissue Augmentation

This procedure involves using an injectable dermal filler to fill the depressions of acne scars. These fillers are not permanent, however, and typically last about nine months.


We sometimes prescribe deep cleansing acne facials with our aesthetician as part of your acne treatment. These facials include steam, blackhead extractions, and a healing facial mask.



Our treatment suites are equipped with the latest dermatological lasers, for advanced, safe, comfortable treatment of your skin's medical and cosmetic needs. Our in-house Acne Treatment Center offers complete care for all ages and acne stages. We offer a full line of skin care products designed to suit your unique...

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