• FotoFacial®- AgeDelay™

    Restore a natural, youthful beauty to your skin with no downtime

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  • Laser Scar Treatments

    Learn about how various factors influence the way your skin scars

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  • Injectable Treatments

    Treat deep lines and wrinkles with injectable treatments

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  • Laser Skin Treatments

    Dramatic improvement in wrinkles, scars, tone and texture

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  • Body Treatments

    Melt fat around problem areas and contour the body

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Acne Treatments

Speak to any teenager or adult with acne and you will consistently hear of the hours spent looking for the “cure” or any form of relief from feeling self-conscious or insecure about acne. Whether you’re looking for relief from current acne or treatment for post acne scars, there are many treatment options available to you. Please give us a call to schedule a consultation or treatment.

Acne is the most common of all skin diseases. Some figure has it that eighty percent of all people between the ages of twelve and twenty-four have some type of acne. It is a disorder of the oil glands in the skin. Contrary to some conventional conceptions, it is a problem suffered not exclusively by teenagers. Some people are plagued their whole lives with constant outbreaks of acne. The hair follicles, or pores, in our skin are connected with oil glands called sebaceous glands. These glands produce sebum, an oily substance that lubricates our hair and skin. At the same time, dead skin cells are expelled from the pore lining while sebum is being distributed to the exterior surface of the skin.

Most of the time the glands produce the right amount of sebum and the pores are fine. But sometimes when too much sebum is produced, a pore or two may get clogged up. This plug blocks the pore, preventing the sebum or dead skin cells from leaving the pore. The situation could further be aggravated by a build-up of bacteria that live on sebum. This leads to swelling around the pore and acne is the result. This could happen to anybody, young and old.

However, a few eruptions every now and then are not what concern us. We acne sufferers are concerned with those numerous and serious pimples that dotted our face and neck and never seem to go away. As soon as some old ones begin to subside, to our relief, more new ones pop up. The constant battles eventually turn into hopeless struggles.

Why does acne occur? And why does acne have to be on the face, and not on some harmless spot, like, say…the sole? The latter question has its answer in our body. It’s because the oil glands in our skin are concentrated in the T-zone–the face, the neck, the chest, the back, and the shoulders. Nobody knows for sure the exact cause of acne. We only know about some of the elements that influence its development, and they are:

  • Heredity
  • Oily skin or hair
  • Increased production of male hormones at puberty
  • Hormonal imbalance in women
  • Some prescription medications
  • Cosmetics that contain chemicals and vegetable oil
  • Periods of high stress
  • Some nutritional deficiencies

Written by Patrick Bitter Jr, MD

Patrick Bitter, Jr., M.D., is a board-certified dermatologist specializing in non-surgical treatments to improve skin health and delay aging and anti-aging medicine. He is the founder of Advanced Aesthetic Dermatology and maintains medical practices in Los Gatos, CA and Beverly Hills, CA. He graduated from the University of California with highest honors in Biology. He received his medical degree from Stanford University School of Medicine. He completed his dermatology residency at Stanford University School of Medicine in 1986. Dr. Bitter is regarded as the pioneer in the use of pulsed light technology for skin rejuvenation. He is the developer of the acclaimed FotoFacial procedure using pulsed light to rejuvenate aged skin. He has authored several ground-breaking scientific papers on the use of pulsed light for skin rejuvenation. He is a sought after lecturer and teacher and has taught over four thousand physicians world-wide in the use of pulsed light. Dr. Bitter has been featured as a celebrity dermatologist on ABC's Extreme Makeover. He is a member of several professional societies including Fellowship in the American Academy of Dermatology and the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine. Dr. Bitter has been a consultant to the medical laser device industry and to nutritional and anti-aging companies. Dr. Bitter is dermatologist for the San Jose Sharks National Hockey League Team. He is a former USA Triathlon National Champion and two-time Hawaiin Ironman Triathlon finisher.