Did you know that 85% of people will experience some form of breakout in their lifetime? Did you know that 20% of those people are adults? When you are younger, you expect that your acne will eventually be a distant memory of your high school era, but for many people, adult acne is a serious issue. Not only is it troublesome for your skin, but it weighs on your self-esteem. But fear not, we are here to rid you of adult acne and boost your self-confidence!
What causes acne?
Acne can occur due to stress, hormonal imbalances and environmental stressors like dirt, oil, and bacteria. Acne is a buildup of dead skin cells that get trapped in the pores or hair follicles and can occur in oily as well as dry skin. Acne is most commonly developed by P-Acne bacteria, also known as acne vulgaris, and is graded in stages 1-4. These grades are formally diagnosed by a doctor.
Is acne a treatable disease?
Yes, acne is considered a disease, so it is best to manage it instead of look for a “cure.” There are several options for the treatment of acne. A good skin care regimen is the best place to start. Topical and/or oral medications and professional services such as facials, chemical peels, and Vibradermabrasion are also helpful.
What ingredients should I look for in acne products?
Some of the most common and effective ingredients in topical skin care for treating acne are benzoyl peroxide, glycolic or salicylic acid, and Tretinoin (Retin-A). For the best results, you should purchase prescription strength products at a physician’s office or medical spa. When looking for cleansers, avoid cleansers with too much grit as they can exacerbate the condition. Your best option is a liquid or creamy acne cleanser.
How to use my acne cleanser?
If you have acne or sensitive skin, you want to be extra careful to not aggravate the areas even more. Gently exfoliate the skin using a looped-terry washcloth, not an abrasive cloth. It can be difficult not to touch the blemishes, but they will go away much faster (usually 2-4 weeks) if contact with hands is avoided. Repeat this in the morning and at night and make sure you are using a clean cloth with each application.
What are other options to treat acne?
Laser treatment or light-based therapy can also have a remarkable effect on acne. These procedures should be administered by a physician or other licensed practitioner.
Sublative Rejuvenation using eMatrix is an FDA-cleared, quick procedure that treats acne scars as well as redness, fine lines, and wrinkles by stimulating the regrowth of cells, in order to increase collagen production. It is popular among patients due to little to no recovery time following treatment and immediate results just after the first treatment.
Laser Genesis Rejuvenation is an advanced skincare solution that has the ability to treat excessive acne, skin redness, noticeable pores, texture irregularity, and fine lines. Benefits of this option include a comfortable, non-abrasive form of skin remedy, the absence of unwanted side effects, and skin recovery from conditions such as rosacea.
Pearl/Fractional Laser Resurfacing
For deeper acne scars we use a skin smoothing process called Pearl Laser Resurfacing. This treatment will bring back healthy looking skin by revitalizing the appearance of your skin’s texture, improving scars and erasing pigment.
Remember, you should not give up. Acne typically takes anywhere from three-to-six months to control and requires maintenance for life. Most breakouts don’t occur overnight, they usually take 2-4 weeks to develop. Therefore, patience is the best way to be on the road to clearer, healthier skin. See your healthcare professional or physician for more information and the right plan of action for you!