Were you diagnosed with acne when you were an adolescent and it is still occurring? Have you tried multiple treatments and your acne still has not resolved?
Acne is one of the most common skin diseases in both childhood and adulthood. It can cause not only physical consequences such as scars, but also emotional ones such as declining self-esteem, confidence, anxiety and depression. But, you are not alone; we are here to help!
At Clini-Derma, we have a team and a dedicated clinic that specializes in acne and acne scar treatments. Our doctors will evaluate your skin and will present you with the best treatment options to give you the skin you have been looking for.
Acne or acne vulgaris is an inflammation of the hair follicles (pore) that occurs when they are clogged with dead skin and oil from the skin. There are different types of acne depending on how the follicle is clogged. Acne is found mainly in the areas with higher levels of oil glands such as the face, chest and back. Our body produces normal levels of sebum by our sebaceous glands (oil glands); however when there is excessive production of sebum, the pores get blocked and acne appears. The bacteria Propionibacterium acnes is present in our body and it feeds on the sebum, from which inflammation can occur, resulting in inflammatory acne lesions.
Acne can also happen because of hormonal changes, environmental factors, reactions to skincare or makeup products, etc. Our doctor will examine your skin and medical history carefully to come up with a treatment plan for the concern.
Throughout the years, many different treatments have been developed for treating acne, from topical treatments to lasers. Our doctors have been treating patients with acne at all ages and are very comfortable in assessing and creating a treatment that will work for your skin.
There are many treatment approaches to acne and some are more effective than others. Every patient responds to acne treatments differently, which is why it is important to ensure the treatment is tailored to fit the patient. Here’s a look at the options available:
Topical or spot treatments reduce inflammation and kill bacteria in acne to eliminate it. They are suitable for regular skin care and mild to moderate acne eruptions. Treatment with different creams is the first choice for this type of acne. Some topical creams can dry out your skin and so you need to make sure you have a good daily hygiene of your skin to keep it hydrated and supple.
If you have moderate to severe acne breakouts, our doctor will recommend a combination of oral medications and topical treatments. In this case, antibiotics are often given in combination with topical treatments as the first-line treatment for this type of acne. Oral medication will help fight bacteria and reduce sebum production. If your acne is caused by hormonal changes, your doctor may also prescribe oral contraceptives to help balance the hormones. If acne is not controlled or if it is considered severe, Accutane treatment is recommended. It is the best solution to prevent acne scars and for acne resistant to other oral treatments.
Salicylic or glycolic acid peels can clean the skin and improve its texture. The solutions eliminate sebum, dirt and dead skin cells to reduce the risk of acne, unblock pores and improve healing.
A wide range of state-of-the-art laser treatments such as Fraxel, Fractional CO2, Cutera, etc. can improve the appearance of acne scars and blemishes. They remove the upper layer of the skin to reach the dermis below. The heat of the laser triggers a new collagen production, which replaces the old overproduction of collagen. It also makes the skin smoother and its texture more uniform. Several laser treatments may be necessary to obtain the best result.
Laser treatments are some of the most effective treatment options available today. If you’re looking for long-term results, this is a great option for you. The treatment is carried out over 4 to 12 weeks based on the condition of your skin.
For more details on laser treatments for acne scars at Clini-Derma, please click here.
Normally most of treatments are given for a period of 6 months, with follow up intervals between 4-12 weeks, depending on the severity of the the acne and treatments.
Laser treatments can be done with an interval of 4-6 weeks as well.
Maintaining acne free skin is not easy; however, here are some importants tips that can help.
– Dot not pick, pop or scratch a pimple because that can cause even more inflammation and scarring.
– Cleansing: There is no scientific research that says that acne is caused by not washing your face. However using a gentle cleanser such as Cerave , Spectro, or Cetaphil every morning can help with reducing the oil and dead cells from the skin. Washing your face too often can actually make your acne worse.
– Cosmetics: When it comes to cosmetics, choose any product, such as a moisturizer or make up, that is water based , oil free and “non-comedogenic” . Non-comedogenic products do not block the pores and therefore decrease the chances of developing comedones (blackheads or whiteheads).
If make up is applied during the day, don’t forget to clean it well before bedtime with a gentle makeup removal wipe or cleanser as mentioned above.
– Diet: Acne is not caused by eating certain foods. However, maintaining a healthy diet can help give your skin the nutrients that it needs. Drinking water helps with having hydrated skin. If you see that some foods aggravate your acne, try to avoid them.
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