Acne Specialist

Ali Ahmad, MD -  - Family Medicine

The Medical Dock

Ali Ahmad, MD

Family Medicine & Anti-Aging Specialist located in Huntington Beach, CA

Acne can ruin your self-confidence and interpersonal relationships, but you don’t have to live with this often-embarrassing condition. At The Medical Dock in Huntington Beach, California, Ali Ahmad, MD, and the team use Omnilux™ light therapy and other revolutionary acne treatments to help you achieve the vibrant, clear, smooth skin you desire. Call The Medical Dock for a free aesthetics consultation today or book an appointment online.

Acne Q & A

What is acne?

Acne is the most common skin condition in the United States that occurs when hair follicles get clogged with oil and dead skin cells. It can lead to embarrassing:

  • Red, tender pimples
  • Pus-filled skin lumps
  • Whiteheads
  • Blackheads

Acne often appears as groups, or clusters of raised red bumps on the skin and might feel tender or even painful to the touch. It might show up on your face, neck, chest, shoulders, and upper back as these areas contain a large number of oil glands.


What causes acne?

You may experience acne at some point in your life or feel that it is a constant struggle. It often results from one or more of the following causes.

  • Hormone changes during the teenage years or pregnancy
  • Taking certain medications
  • Excess oil or hormone production
  • Bacteria
  • Stress
  • Eating trigger foods
  • A family history of acne

Foods that can exacerbate acne might include milk, bread, bagels, chips, and other carbohydrate-rich foods. Chocolate may also worsen acne, but everybody is different. Foods that trigger acne in some people may not affect others.

What is the treatment for acne?

Numerous treatments help clear acne, and Dr. Ahmad at The Medical Dock discusses all options with you to find one that best matches your needs. He might recommend:

Omnilux light therapy

Omnilux light therapy regenerates and stimulates collagen production using LED light energy to treat mild or moderate acne and other inflammatory skin conditions.

The technology targets oil gland cells to stop excess oil production and promote your skin’s natural healing capabilities. The treatment is noninvasive with no downtime. Omnilux treatment lasts about 20 minutes per session, and optimal results may appear 4-12 weeks after a series of treatments is complete.

Chemical peels

Chemical peels are cosmetic treatments that help eliminate acne. Your practitioner applies a chemical solution, such as glycolic acid, salicylic acid, or retinoic acid, to remove outer skin layers, promote collagen production, and enhance healing to reduce or eliminate acne.

Topical or oral medications

Dr. Ahmad lets you know if you’re a good candidate for acne medications. He might recommend topical or oral acne medicines to reduce symptoms of acne and prevent future breakouts.

Don’t let acne ruin your self-esteem and personal life. Schedule a free consultation with Dr. Ahmad and the team at The Medical Dock by phone or online today.