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.
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.
Treatment with different creams is the first line for mild to moderate acne. Topical treatments can have different functions such as decreasing inflammation or reducing bacteria.
Antibiotics are often given in combination with the topical treatments as a first line treatment for moderate-severe acne .
Oral contraceptives can also be an option for female patients whose acne seems more hormonally-induced.
If acne is not controlled or considered to be severe, Accutane treatment is recommended. It is the best solution to prevent acne scars and for acne cases that have been resistant to other oral treatments.
Different types of acid peels such as salicylic and glycolic acid peels can be done to help remove dead skin, unblock pores and improve scarring
A large range of the latest state of art laser treatments are available at Clini-Derma such as Fraxel, Fractional CO2, Cutera, etc. to help improve your acne scars . Multiple laser treatments may be necessary in order to have the best result.
For more details on laser treatments for acne scars, 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.
For the best acne treatment plan, contact us at 514-400-3291 and our team will be more than welcome to help you set up an appointment with one of our acne specialist. [:]