Acne Specialist

David Stoll, MD -  - Dermatologist

David Stoll, MD

Dermatologist located in Beverly Hills, CA

Acne is extremely common and can crop up throughout your life, but many treatments are available to help minimize or prevent flare-ups while reducing potential complications, such as scarring. David Stoll, MD, provides effective acne treatment for children and adults in Beverly Hills, California. To find out which method may be ideal for you or your child, call the practice or schedule an appointment online.

Acne Q & A

What causes acne?

Acne appears when oil and dead skin cells clog your hair follicles. Bacteria and oil production also play a role. While acne is most common in teenagers, it can appear anytime in your life. Factors that may trigger or worsen acne include:

  • Certain medications, including those containing androgens, corticosteroids, or lithium
  • Dietary factors, such as eating plentiful dairy products or carbohydrate-rich foods
  • Hormonal changes associated with puberty, pregnancy, or use of oral contraceptives
  • Stress

How is acne treated?

Sometimes over-the-counter acne remedies sufficiently minimize symptoms. If your acne is severe or long-lasting, Dr. Stoll can help you better control your symptoms and prevent or minimize related skin damage and scarring.

It’s usually best to apply topical acne treatments to clean, dry skin shortly after washing. Some of the more common options include:

  • Antibiotics, which kill excess bacteria, reducing redness
  • Retinoids, which are derived from Vitamin A and applied topically several times per week to prevent hair follicle plugging
  • Dapsone, which is often most effective paired with a topical retinoid product

Some of the latest in-clinic treatment options for acne include:

  • Chemical peels, in which a high-potency acid applied to the top layer of your skin reduces it and lessens deep scars
  • Dermabrasion, which exfoliates the skin’s surface layer to reduce scarring
  • Injections, such as soft tissue fillers and steroid injections
  • Lasers, which use concentrated light energy to resurface skin
  • Light therapy, which uses pulsed light and radiofrequency to trigger new skin formation
  • Minor skin surgery, which cuts out individual acne scars

Is acne treatment different for children versus adults?

While not all dermatologists treat acne in children, Dr. Stoll treats people of all ages. Treatment is fairly similar regardless of age, although children’s skin may be more sensitive and react to dairy products more than adult skin. Adults may have more challenges related to dryness and scarring, particularly if they have a lengthy history of acne symptoms. For everyone, maintaining a regular cleansing practice and an appropriate treatment regimen are key.

*Individual results may vary.