Acne/Acne Scar Treatment

    Because there are different forms of acne there are also different treatments for these forms of acne. When you consult with Dr. Bui he will first identify the severity of your form of acne and then recommend the appropriate treatment.

    Acne Types

    Comedonal Acne This kind of mild acne involves blackheads and whiteheads. It forms because a component of skin oil called sebum, along with old skin cells, block the pores in the skin. Comedonal acne appears most often on the forehead, nose, and chin.

    Inflammatory AcneThis form of acne occurs when the area just under the “plug” (the blackhead or whitehead) becomes red and inflamed. The size of the area can differ per patient but regardless of size if this area has any inflammation then extracting the sebum and old skin cells won’t be enough to address the affected area.

    Cystic Acne The most severe case of acne, develops as a result of infection at the area of outbreak. Commonly called “boils” treating the infection, inflammation, and sebum and dead skin cells requires a more meticulous approach in treatment.

    Post Acne ScarringFirst off, addressing whether or not the pigmentation differentials in your skin are acne marks or acne scars is a commonly misdiagnosed step. Acne marks are spots or red marks that brighten to normal skin pigmentation with the skin is stretched and can take between 3-6 months to go away on their own. The process can be expedited with diligent use of topical retinoids however their need and effectiveness will be addressed by Dr. Bui when you come in for your visit.

    Acne Treatments

    Comedonal Acne Treatment – The more common treatments for Comedonal acne are topical creams and gels. The most common of these are retinoids like, Retin-A, Differin, Renova, and Tazorac. They work by cleansing blocked pores. However, which each case being unique, Dr. Bui will address your specific case and diagnose the most effective treatment for you.

    Inflammatory Acne Treatment – Most cases of treating inflammatory acne involve combining a topical retinoid with an antibiotic such as, doxycycline, tetracycline, minocycline or erythromycin, which kill bacteria that cause inflammation. Depending on the severity of the case, the area that’s inflamed, and the diagnosis of the outbreak area Dr. Bui will recommend the appropriate treatment based on your case.

    Cystic Acne Treatment – There are no common treatments for Cystic acne because what will be most effective for treating it can only be surmised on a case by case basis. In addition to the topical retinoid and antibiotics the type of infection in the outbreak area, its severity, and it’s scope (Range such as inclusion of the chin, cheeks, nose, and eyes, etc.) will determine which treatment will be the most effective with the best results. Dr. Bui will be happy to help you understand your type of infection and recommend the best treatment for you.

    Post Acne Scar Treatment – Acne scars are are permanent indentations caused by collagen damage and can come in many shapes and forms. Laser treatments and permanent dermal fillers are usually the only ways to treat these types of scars. Each one has a difference in depth, severity of pigmentation change, and severity of radius making each one equally severe in its need to be addressed individually in order to return the affected area to what could be considered “normal”. In most cases with acne treatments that are unsuccessful, making the area look unnatural its because the area was addressed as a whole instead of each area assessed individually and treated accordingly. Attention to detail is something Dr. Bui excels at, and the main reason why the pictures you see featured here look “natural”.


    Retinoids – Topical Creams to cleans the pores


    Antibiotics to decrease Inflammation


    Laser Treatment and Specialized Treatment to address infection for Cystic Acne Cases

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