Written by:
Barbara Perez

What Causes Acne? how Can Skin Care Treatments Help?

Acne is the most common skin disorder, and 85 percent of all Americans will experience it sometime in their lifetime. While commonly thought to be an adolescent problem, it can appear at any age, most often on the face, back, and chest.

For most people, acne is an inherited condition of the pores, their pores clog with dead skin cells much faster than normal, involving the overproduction of oil, the blockage of follicles that release the oil, and the growth of bacteria in those follicles. This can be triggered by many things, including a change in medications or a change in hormone levels caused by stress or other factors.

There are 4 grades of acne: Grade 1 is the mildest form, with open and closed comedones (whiteheads and blackheads), Grades 2 and 3 include papules and pustules as well, Grade 4 is the most advanced form, with all the above plus the appearance of cysts or nodules beneath the skin surface, that can be dime size or larger. Acne is not only painful but can be very emotionally and psychologically challenging as well.

Who can benefit from an Acne Treatment?

Anyone who has acne will benefit from treatment. Acne sufferers often state their quality of life and self-esteem improves dramatically once their acne is clear. Chances are you’ve already tried over-the-counter products with disappointing results.

We will go over the treatment options that would be the most successful for you.

Visiting us for an Acne Treatment

Be ready to fill out an intake form and describe all medications and skin care products you are using. We will do an analysis of your skin, look for any interactions between products and medications, and devise a treatment plan that’s suitable for your unique needs. Keep in mind that results require a commitment on your behalf to follow a prescribed home care and treatment regimen. This often involves a series of bi-weekly treatments. It takes time to balance the skin and treat acne. Though results may not happen overnight, you are on the path to reclaiming your beautiful, clear skin!

What should I expect from my Acne Treatment?

You should expect regularly scheduled treatments. Your treatment program begins with an acne treatment. This may include a peel/exfoliation, extractions, a mask, anti-bacterial and balancing products, or some combination of these. The goal is to deeply cleanse follicles and disinfect them, clearing away oil, bacteria, and dead skin cells.

What about home care?

We will provide the best guidance on caring for your skin between treatments. Generally, this will involve keeping your skin clean and avoiding picking at your pimple.  It’s very important you follow instructions given to you. Untreated acne can lead to continuing, worsening outbreaks and scarring. We will be in close contact with you to be sure your products are working effectively for you. As your treatment progresses, we may change your home care routine to fit your changing skin’s needs.

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