Acne is a skin condition that occurs when hair follicles become plugged with excess oil and dead skin cells. Hair follicles are connected to sebaceous glands, which produce and secrete an oily substance known as sebum – the substance that lubricates your skin and hair. When your body produces too much sebum and/or an excessive amount of dead skin cells accumulate, hair follicles can become clogged. This can create an opportunity for bacteria to grow and thrive, ultimately becoming acne.
Acne most commonly appears on the face, neck, chest, back and shoulders, which are the areas of the skin with the largest number of functional oil glands. While it’s most common during adolescence, it occurs in adults as well.
- Overproduction of oil
- Irregular shedding of dead skin cells
- Build-up of bacteria
- Hormonal change (especially in pubescent children and women who are pregnant or menopausal)
- Medication (certain drugs, especially those containing corticosteroids, androgens, and lithium)
- Diet (triggers may include dairy products and foods high in carbohydrates)
- Family history of acne
- Friction (pressure on the skin caused by helmets, backpacks, cell phones, etc.)
- Stress (although not the cause, it can make an existing outbreak worse
- Direct contact with oily substances (such as cosmetics)
While acne itself is a frustrating condition, it can leave a reminder long after it’s gone in the form of acne scars. While these embarrassing shallow pits can be an eyesore, studies show that they have a devastating effect on self-perception and feelings of self-consciousness. From laser resurfacing to skincare and maintenance, we can help find the perfect non-invasive treatment for you.
A number of treatment options and interventions are available for acne and over-productive oil glands. Depending on the severity of the acne, multiple treatments are often used in combination.
Oral and topical medications can work effectively to help you achieve clearer, healthier skin. Only three medicines have proven to be effective for the treatment of acne: benzoyl peroxide, retinoids, and antibiotics.
Benzoyl peroxide targets surface bacteria, which often aggravate acne. Irritation (dryness) is a common side effect.
Retinoids (a vitamin A derivative) is effective in breaking up blackheads and whiteheads. The most common side effect is skin irritation.
Antibiotics, either topically applied to the skin or taken orally (tetracycline) can control surface bacteria that aggravate and foster acne.
Accutane is reserved for those patients with severe (nodular or cystic) acne. Accutane shrinks the size of oil glands, the anatomic origin of acne. Without active, plump oil glands, acne actively diminishes. However, side effects cannot be discounted (dry skin, elevated lipids) and Accutane is often not prescribed for women of childbearing age.
Laser Genesis emits a wavelength that penetrates through the skin and targets overactive sebaceous oil glands – the root cause of acne. The heating of the sebaceous glands causes a mild thermal exertion that changes the activity and function of the glands, leading to a prolonged reduction in acne breakouts. In addition to reducing the activity of the gland, the laser kills the acne-causing bacteria under the skin.
Laser Genesis has proven to be extremely effective in rapidly bringing the inflammatory lesions of acne under control, including lesions that have been unresponsive to other acne therapies. In addition to the anti-inflammatory action, the laser deactivates the acne forming bacteria.
BLU-U (Blue Light Therapy)
Blue light therapy or BLU-U can help you reduce the overproduction of bacteria that causes acne on the face and neck. The device is designed to deliver a high-intensity, narrow band of blue light into the area of concern, affecting only the acne blemishes and leaving surrounding skin unharmed.
By gently exfoliating the skin, we can remove dirt, bacteria, oil, and debris from clogged pores, which typically are the cause of most breakouts.
Deep Cleansing Treatments
Available for the back or face, this treatment deep cleanses and purifies problem skin, addressing congestion, breakouts, and excess oil production.
Medical Grade Skincare Products
Often the first course of correction for all grades of acne, skincare products remove impurities, excess oil, and sooth the skin. Medical grade products will always be more effective than what can be found in the drug store due to a higher concentration of active ingredients.
Book A Consultation
If you’re ready to start your journey, or just want to get a bit more information about a procedure, we encourage you to book a consultation with us. Your consultation will be a one-on-one meeting with one of our medical professionals where we can discuss your specific needs and start developing a personalized plan to achieve your goals.
Related Treatments and Procedures
Laser Genesis emits a wavelength that penetrates through the skin and is concentrated within the overactive sebaceous oil glands- the root cause of acne.
Blue light therapy or BLU-U can help you reduce the overproduction of bacteria that causes acne on the face and body.