Zand Dermatology

Dermatologists located in Mill Valley, CA

Do you struggle to camouflage your acne flare-ups every time you want to leave the house? For the past 10 years, Dr. Sarv Zand has been helping patients with acne achieve and maintain healthy, glowing skin. At our clinic, patients can take advantage of Dr. Zand's customized combinations of traditional prescription products and soothing botanical therapies, helping you feel confident in your skin again. Schedule an appointment online or call Zand Dermatology today.

Acne Q & A

What is Acne?

Acne is a chronic inflammatory skin condition that affects more than 60 million Americans annually. It involves your skin’s oil glands at the base of your hair follicles; when a gland becomes clogged, a pimple forms. If not handled properly, it can lead to permanent scarring. 

Chronic acne often leads to feelings of low self-worth and depression. According to the British Skin Foundation, 95% of acne sufferers state that acne impacts their daily lives, and 63% report that their confidence level suffers as a result of acne.

What are the causes of acne?

If your parents had severe acne, chances are you do too. Hormones, dead skin cells, and ingrown hairs also contribute. Bacteria, made up of dead skin and oil, often cause acne by blocking the hair follicles in your skin.

There are several types of acne, including:

  • Whiteheads
  • Blackheads
  • Cysts
  • Pustules
  • Nodules
  • Papules

Acne affects people of all races, genders, and ages. Acne typically develops around the onset of puberty and most commonly affects teenagers and young adults. But that doesn’t mean you can’t have an annoying breakout at the age of 55. Adult acne is reportedly on the rise.

How can I treat my acne effectively?

There are several acne treatments on the market today. Figuring out which one will work for you specifically can be a challenge.

Often, the underlying cause of acne is a food allergy or excess flour and sugar in your diet. Eliminating specific foods from your diet may improve your skin substantially.

Other times, hormonal changes and stress induce flare-ups so avoiding these triggers could help to resolve the problem as well.

Some providers often prescribe harsh medications and antibiotics to treat acne, but Dr. Zand recommends prescription topical treatments that she provides in-office. There’s no need to make an extra trip to the pharmacy.

Regardless of the treatment plan you choose, acne takes time to clear up. Set up an appointment with Dr. Zand today to discuss your treatment options.

Before and after from a real Zand Dermatology patient

                                                       Before and 1 month after starting Zand Derm topical acne regimen

What do I do if my acne is severe or not responding to typical treatments?

No matter how bad your skin gets, there are always creative options we can choose to clear your skin. As holistic dermatology specialists, we strive to treat all patients topically and not turn to pills. However, there are times when having a back up plan saves us - and prevents acne scars from worsening. Learn more about Accutane cure for hard to treat acne.


"My daughter started to develop worse acne which was starting to upset her. I recommended that we find a dermatologist. Found Zand on Yelp. They recommended a prescriptive face wash that resolved her acne within weeks. The cost was very reasonable. Very pleased."

Rob R, Yelp


Young Men

"Dr. Zand is simply the best! She's brilliant at ascertaining the problem and finding the appropriate solution. I had an awful acne outbreak that wouldn't go away for months and she prescribed a treatment that got rid of my problem within one week. Added to which she's incredibly warm and genuine, a lovely person, and everyone in her office is as well! I can't recommend her highly enough!"

Greg Z, Yelp

Adult Women

"Dr. Zand has been my dermatologist for many years. She is thorough, patient, kind and thoughtful. Not to mention absolutely brilliant and extremely personable! She always answers my questions and incorporates natural treatment options that are research-based. I am most grateful for Dr. Zand for treating my stubborn adult acne which is now completely cured. She presented me with various treatment options and we worked together to decide on the treatment plan that would be best for me. Her plan was creative, incorporating several treatment modalities (topical treatments, oral treatments, and laser) and even addressed scarring. My skin has never looked better - people are shocked when I tell them I once had severe acne."

Sophie G, Yelp

"I came to Dr. Zand with dreadful hormonal acne that started in my 26th year out of nowhere, and I was beyond desperate. She is truly deserving of 100 stars out of 5. Not only did she completely cure my acne with an array of 3 inexpensive products, but she is the most compassionate, kind, and truly caring doctor I have ever met-- along with being amazingly intelligent. I have 100% confidence in her, and have already been back for other skin issues. "

Christina F, Yelp