Acne is a common skin condition which occurs mostly in teenagers but is not restricted to any age group. It is often found on the face, but can also occur on the back, chest, and shoulders. Research links acne to rising hormone levels during puberty causing the oil glands in the skin to become larger and produce more oil. Openings in the skin’s surface become blocked allowing bacteria to grow and irritate the skin. Visible signs of acne include pimples or pustules with whiteheads or blackheads which may be surrounded by redness and inflammation. More severe acne may also include cysts and swollen, inflamed areas (abscesses). It is important to treat acne early in order to prevent scarring from these lesions.
Your Dermatologist will outline the appropriate combination of therapies for your condition. It is important that you continue your treatment regimen until the tendency for acne has passed or your Dermatologist recommends discontinuing therapy.Medical options for managing acne may include:
- Topical retinoids, such as Retin A
- Topical antibiotics
- Drying agents such as benzoyl peroxide
- Oral antibiotics for moderate to severe acne
- Acutane therapy for very severe acne
We offer procedures to further accelerate the resolution of the symptoms of acne.
Acne Treatments may be prescribed by your Dermatologist and are performed by a Licensed Esthetician.
PhotoDynamic Rejuvenation and Blu-U Light are exciting new options for the treatment of acne. It has produced such positive results in some severe cases that it has eliminated the need for Acutane. Another positive quality of this treatment is that it can be safely administered to women suffering from acne who are pregnant.
Proper daily skin care is very important in the management of acne. The Dermatology Skin Care Specialists at Rejuvené will assist you in choosing the best formulas to use for your condition.
- Do not wash your skin with harsh soaps. Use warm water and a mild non-soap cleanser.
- Use oil free cosmetics and remove them every night.
- Shampoo regularly as gels and hairsprays can irritate acne.
- No food groups cause acne, however, if something in your diet clearly makes your condition worse, it should be eliminated.
- Stress does not cause acne, but may cause it to be more severe.
- Heat and humidity tend to irritate acne
- Sun improves acne for some people in the short term, but long term causes aging of the skin and increased risk of skin cancer.
- Long, hot showers aggravate acne, especially on the face and chest