Acne treatments today have come a long way from when your mom was in school. Before we visit about the new therapies out there it’s good to have knowledge on what causes acne before talking about how to tackle it.
Know that acne doesn’t just plague teens, it affects adults in through their 20’s and for some well into their 50’s. Acne treatments today are a $1 billion industry. Acne is the most common skin disorder in the United States affecting 40-50 million Americans, according to the American Academy of Dermatology.
Acne can have tremendous emotional and psychological effects on a person’s self confidence as well as their overall interaction with people. More moderate acne can cause feelings of unworthiness and depression. If you are experiencing these things, you should see a medical aesthetician or a dermatologist.
What is Acne?
Our oil glands produce oils to help keep the skin moisturized and protect it against the elements. The skin continually renews itself my sloughing off dead skin naturally. Acne forms when dead skin cells and oil blocks our pores. The pores then attract dirt and bacteria and cause pimples and skin breakouts. Acne can form on your face, chest, neck, back, arms, and shoulders. It’s important not to squeeze pimples because the pressure applied to the skin can destroy skin tissue and push the bacteria further into your skin.
Dermatologists and medical aestheticians can prescribe medication or perform a variety of treatments to effectively and safely kill bacteria that cause acne. Salicylic acid is a great spot treatment, and also works preventatively if you feel a pimple about to form.
Your physician may prescribe Retinol, which is a Vitamin A complex that is effective at drying out pimples.
Cystic acne can form when oil ducts get clogged and infected. These are deeper cystic pimples that are oftentimes larger than regular pimples and under the surface of the skin. Some physicians prescribe steroid injections for these in order to reduce redness and swelling, as well as help diminish the pimple faster than normal.
A cleansing mask is another option to try preventing pimples. The effective kind of mask should have salicylic acid. Also, greasy foods, stress, and your menstrual cycle can also instigate pimples.
Everybody responds differently to different acne treatments, so it’s important to find what works best for you. Other treatment options include antibiotics, and prescription strength topical acne products.
Chemical peels help with acne in helping to reduce the appearance of acne scars.
Doctors or estheticians in spas and salons can administer chemical peels. The strength level can be up to 70% strength at a doctor’s office and up to 30% strength at a salon. The acids in these chemical peels are used to help exfoliate top layers of the skin, forcing the skin cells under the surface to produce more quickly, which helps prevent clogged pores.
There are several different types of chemical peels on the market right now and they all have similar effectiveness.
Types of Chemical Peels
- Glycolic Acid
- Salicylic Acid
- Lactic Acid
- Amino Fruit Acid
- Trichloracetic Acid (TCA)
- Pyruvic Acid
Do Chemical Peels Work?
Several studies have shown that after 4-6 peels, there was a 45-50% reduction in acne lesions. People reported fair to good results and claimed the results lasted 1-2 months, before acne showed up again.
Don’t wait, if chronic acne is a battle for you, dermatologists and medical estheticians can help. Professional acne treatments can greatly reduce the appearance of surface acne and acne scars, so you no longer need to be embarrassed about your acne again.
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