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Acne Specialist

Mirela Cernaianu, MD -  - Integrative and Holistic Women's Health

Hera Healthcare

Mirela Cernaianu, MD

Integrative and Holistic Women's Health & Minimally Invasive Aesthetic Center located in Westlake Village, Thousand Oaks, CA

Acne isn’t just for teens. It affects 80% of adults up to the age of 30, and is increasingly common in women up through their 50s. If you have inflammatory acne, it’s important to see Dr. Mirela Cernaianu at Hera Healthcare for a skin consultation. You may need more than simple over-the-counter treatments to heal your acne and prevent scars, so contact her office in the Westlake Village area of Thousand Oaks, California, or schedule an appointment online.

Acne Q & A

What causes acne?

Oil glands in your skin reside at the bottom of hair follicles. Normally, the oil that’s produced in the glands flows up and out of the follicle, where it lubricates and protects your skin. Acne develops when the opening gets blocked. Then oil and bacteria accumulate in the follicle, where the bacteria cause inflammation.

The different types of acne include:

  • Blackheads and whiteheads: Clogged pores
  • Papules: Small pimples
  • Pustules: Small, pus-filled pimples
  • Nodules: Large, painful pimples
  • Cysts: Deep, pus-filled bumps

While over-the-counter treatment from your local pharmacy may heal mild cases of acne, don’t hesitate to visit Dr. C. if your acne doesn’t clear up. It’s also a good idea to get a professional consultation if you see swelling or you have nodules and cysts, because untreated inflammatory acne can lead to scarring and skin discoloration.

How is acne treated?

Acne treatment often includes topical and oral medications to kill bacteria and reduce inflammation. Additional options that Dr. C. may recommend include:

Hormone treatment: In some adults, a hormone imbalance triggers acne or worsens existing acne. This is especially likely to happen in women with polycystic ovarian syndrome because they have high levels of androgens (male hormones). Hormonal acne also tends to develop during pregnancy and perimenopause. When a hormonal imbalance causes acne, you may need hormone treatment to restore the balance.

Gut health and detox: Research continues to support the connection between gut microbes and acne. An overabundance of unhealthy gut bacteria is linked to systemic inflammation and more severe acne. Treatment to heal your gut may include a detox to eliminate toxins and probiotic recommendations to restore healthy gut microbes.

Topical treatment: Dr. Cernaianu is proud to offer the CLENZIderm M.D.™ system, a specially formulated acne treatment from ObagiⓇ. The system involves a daily foaming cleanser to wash away impurities, a topical pore therapy that unclogs your pores and clears away dead skin, and a therapeutic lotion that penetrates deep into your pores, delivering medication to treat acne where it starts. CLENZIderm can provide visible results in as little as one week.

CLENZIderm M.D. System 

Complete acne treatment specifically formulated for normal to oily skin to help treat acne where it starts. 

Kit Includes

Topical treatment: : 

Daily Care Foaming Cleanser 

Pore Therapy 

Therapeutic Lotion 

Daily Care Foaming Cleanser 

A light, foaming acne cleanser with 2% salicylic acid. This effective cleanser unclogs pores and washes away dead skin cells, leaving skin feeling clean and refreshed. It also includes calming menthol to help cool irritated skin. 

Active Ingredient: 

2% Salicylic Acid 

Pore Therapy 

Unclogs pores and clears away dead skin cells with 2% salicylic acid. While leaving a refreshed feel to the skin, Pore Therapy prepares the skin for the next step in the acne treatment regimen. 

Active Ingredient: 

2% Salicylic Acid 

Therapeutic Lotion 

Lightweight acne treatment lotion with 5% benzoyl peroxide (BPO) uniquely formulated to help clear acne. 

Active Ingredient: 

5% Benzoyl Peroxide 

Can acne scars be removed using laser treatments?

Dr. C and the team at Hera Healthcare offer several laser treatments to lessen or even eliminate the appearance of acne scars. They use a variety of different lasers to perform in-office treatments, including:

  • Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) laser system
  • The PicoSure® laser system 
  • The Icon™ 1540 laser for resurfacing

The Icon Aesthetic System offers two ways to effectively eliminate acne scars. Icon lasers can be used to resurface your skin, removing thin layers of skin to eliminate old scar tissue. 

The same system also offers the option of a fractional laser that reaches deep beneath the skin to the bottom of scar tissue. Underneath the skin, laser energy stimulates the production of new collagen and elastin, which replaces the old scar tissue.

Call today or book your first appointment online with Dr. Cernaianu to get clearer, healthier skin with fast results.