Acne affects millions of people worldwide – in fact, nearly 85% of people will have acne at some point during their lifetimes. Dr. Howard Fein is a leading provider of acne treatments focused on improving the outcomes of individual patients from throughout the Palos Verde, CA, region. At Palos Verde Dermatology Associates, each patient receives customized care based on their specific needs for superior outcomes at every age.
Acne occurs when the oil glands in the skin become blocked, usually by the cells that line the channels that enable oil to travel from the ducts to the skin's surface. During the initial stage of acne, these blockages cause comedones or “white heads” to form. Black heads are simply white heads that have changed color once exposed to the air. The oil and cellular debris trapped inside the oil ducts soon become colonized with bacteria, which grow and multiply, producing irritating chemicals that cause the area to become inflamed, swollen and red. Over time, these inflammatory lesions can break and leak their contents into surrounding tissues causing tender red nodules or cysts. Patients who develop cystic acne are far more likely to experience tissue damage that can lead to scarring. Acne can also be caused or exacerbated by other factors like hormonal fluctuations and use of some types of medications.
In addition to white heads, black heads, and cysts, acne can cause flaking and scaling, pimples (pustules) and papules (sometimes called “pinheads”). Many people with moderate to severe acne or acne scars suffer significant emotional trauma and depression.
Acne can develop just about anywhere on the body, but it's much more likely to occur on the face, chest, back and shoulders where the densest numbers of oil glands are found. It's also more common during adolescence when hormonal activity is at its peak.
Palos Verde Dermatology Associates uses the most advanced treatment options for patients with acne, developing long-term strategies that evolve with the patient's individual needs to reduce breakouts as well as reduce the risk of scarring. Most acne treatments include the use of one or more oral or topical prescription medications, sometimes combined with chemical peels and microdermabrasion treatments to unblock follicles and improve cellular turnover. Every treatment plan begins with a thorough evaluation of the patient's skin, symptoms, medical history and lifestyle factors to ensure optimal results. Regular office visits are essential in keeping acne breakouts under control.
We accept all PPO insurance plans, Medicare, and ILWU Insurance. Here is a short list of companies we accept. Please feel free to call our office to discuss your coverage options.
"Dr. Fein has been helping me manage my skin for years and is hands down the best dermatologist in the area. He got rid of my acne, warts, and keeps me up to date..."
"He later prescribed me antibiotics and *poof* a week later it started clearing up! I should have not wasted time and money and just come to see Dr. F earlier!"
"I have been to several different dermatologists over many years. Dr Fein and Palos Verdes Dermatology Associates are by far the BEST I have ever experienced."
"Most importantly, Dr. Fein has always taken the time to listen to my concerns, he thoroughly examined me and always was able to prescribe the correct treatment..."
"This was my first visit to Dr. Fein's office and my experience with him was one of the best, if not the best, that I've had to this point..."
"It seemed to me they went above and beyond what was expected and they really seem to know what they are doing."
"The doctor even had his staff call my local pharmacy before I left so the prescription was ready when I got there. My rash went away with the prescription in a few days"
"He stopped in to check on me even though I didn't have an appointment and answered my questions about my skin issues."
"He was very helpful and VERY knowledgeable. It didn't take him long but what he recommended really worked for my horrible acne."