Acne is the most common skin condition in America, affecting over 40 million men, women, and teenagers. A common myth about acne is that it only affects teens and young adults, and if left alone will run its course and clear up on its own. In fact, acne affects people of all ages, including some in their 40s and even 50s. Plus, if left alone and untreated, acne can result in unsightly acne scars that are more difficult to treat effectively than active acne. While active acne can be difficult to control, there are many solutions available, and your dermatologist should be able to work with you to find the best way to clear up your acne. The board-certified dermatologists at Cosmetic Laser Dermatology are experts in acne management as well as acne scar removal, and work closely with all of their acne patients to find an effective solution.
What Causes Acne?
Acne is caused by a proliferation of p. acnes bacteria flourishing inside a clogged pore. Excess production of sebum can cause dead skin cells to become trapped inside the pore, which provides a perfect breeding ground for these acne-causing bacteria. The pore subsequently becomes inflamed, and a cyst or nodule appears. Zits, blackheads, and whiteheads are all types of acne that can appear, and these can cause significant self-esteem or self-confidence issues in people of all ages.
Risk factors for developing acne include stress, hormones, genetics, diet, and lifestyle, among others. Keeping the skin clean and performing regular exfoliation can help to prevent and manage acne, as can leading a healthy lifestyle and trying to keep stress levels down. However, there is no real root cause of acne, and it can affect everyone from infants to those in their 50s.
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Types of Acne Treatments
Luckily, there are many types of acne treatments available to help men and women manage and prevent outbreaks. Oral and topical medications are generally tried first, and if those don’t help, your dermatologist may try laser and light energy devices such as PDT, blue light treatments, or chemical peels. Some of the most effective acne treatments used by the dermatologists at Cosmetic Laser Dermatology include:
PDT, or photodynamic therapy, is an extremely effective device for clearing active acne outbreaks. PDT involves the use of a special wavelength of light that interacts with a topical solution to kill acne-causing bacteria, thus clearing the skin. It is a painless procedure with minimal to no downtime necessary, and can be customized to the patient’s skin in order to provide the best possible results.
Our dermatologists are PDT experts, having participated in clinical research and trials as well as lecturing around the world on the topic. Dr. Goldman has even published a PDT textbook, now in its second edition!
Isolaz is one of the most popular acne treatments due to its quick and thorough results. It uses a combination of suction and light therapy to perform a deep cleansing of the skin that kills acne bacteria and clears pores to prevent future breakouts. After an Isolaz treatment, patients can see results in just 24 to 48 hours! Isolaz not only decreases the number of acne lesions on the skin, but also decreases the amount of sebum produced, reducing the chances of severe breakouts in the future.
Isolaz treatments take only 15 to 30 minutes, and go to work immediately. It is proven to reduce acne by over 75% within two months! The Isolaz philosophy is CPR: Cleanse, Purify, and Replenish. If you have been unsuccessfully battling acne with oral medications and topical treatments, Isolaz could be the treatment that finally works for you.
Blu-U uses a special blue light that targets and kills acne bacteria without damaging surrounding tissue. It is a type of photodynamic therapy, but does not require a topical solution for the light to interact with. Instead, patients simply sit with the blue light directed to areas of the skin that are suffering from acne. It is completely painless, and requires no downtime.
A Blu-U treatment session lasts around 17 minutes and should be done once or twice a week for around five weeks, or until your acne begins to clear sufficiently. The number of sessions you will need depends on the severity of your acne. Your expert dermatologist will work with you to create a schedule that fits into your daily life.
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If you are suffering from acne or acne scars, don’t hesitate to contact Cosmetic Laser Dermatology to finally find a treatment that will clear your skin! To learn more about acne treatments and to schedule your consultation, just call 858.771.9634 today!