Acne is a common skin condition that affects people of all ages and can be caused by various factors, including the overproduction of oil (sebum) by the skin’s sebaceous glands, clogged hair follicles, and the proliferation of bacteria, particularly Propionibacterium acnes. Hormonal changes, genetics, and lifestyle choices, such as diet and skincare habits, can also contribute to the development of acne.

Here at American Skin Institute, we take a holistic and patient-centric approach to treating acne, aiming not only to manage the current condition but also to prevent future outbreaks. Treatment plans are tailored to the individual’s unique needs, considering factors like skin type, lifestyle, and previous treatments. Treating acne typically involves a personalized and multi-faceted strategy that may include the following:

  • Assessment and Diagnosis: Dermatologists at American Skin Institute will first evaluate the type and severity of your acne to determine the most appropriate treatment plan. This may involve assessing the presence of comedones (blackheads and whiteheads), papules, pustules, or cysts.
  • Topical Treatments: Dermatologists often prescribe topical treatments like benzoyl peroxide, retinoids, or topical antibiotics to help reduce inflammation, unclog pores, and control bacterial growth.
  • Oral Medications: In cases of moderate to severe acne, oral medications such as antibiotics or hormonal therapies may be recommended to address the underlying causes and reduce inflammation.
  • Light Therapies: Advanced procedures like photodynamic therapy (PDT) can be used to target and destroy bacteria, reduce inflammation, and improve the overall appearance of the skin.
  • Extraction and Drainage: Dermatologists may perform professional extractions to remove stubborn or painful acne lesions, helping to alleviate discomfort and minimize scarring.
  • Skin Care Regimen: Dermatologists may recommend specific skincare products and routines to maintain a healthy complexion and reduce the risk of future breakouts.
If you’re struggling with acne, consulting with our providers at American Skin Institute to help you find the most effective and suitable solutions!


Sherman Oaks


  • Meter parking in front of the office from 9am - 4pm.
  • Free parking spots behind the office.
  • Free parking validation at 4910 Van Nuys Blvd parking structure.

Phone: (818) 907-7546
Fax: (818) 907-9506

Monday – Friday / 8:30am – 5:00pm

Our Sherman Oaks dermatology practice, formerly Mid Valley Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgery Center, is located in the heart of the San Fernando Valley across the street from Sherman Oaks Hospital. This location continues to offer all of the same products and services as it did under the Mid Valley name, led by Dr. Ilya Reyter, double board-certified dermatologist, fellowship-trained Mohs surgeon and Medical Director.


Westlake Village

Suite: #217


  • Free parking lot

Phone: (805) 497-0097
Fax: (805) 497-1557

Monday – Friday / 8:30am – 5:00pm

Beverly Hills

Suite: #220
Phone: (310) 402-0714
Hours: By appointment only, please call the office for next available date.