While most people think of Acne as affecting those in the teen years, Acne can also be a struggle for many adults with aging skin. Acne is a disease of the oil-secreting glands of the skin, producing eruptions on the face, neck, and shoulders that can leave pitted scars. For reasons no one completely understands, follicles, often called pores, overproduce cells and sometimes get blocked. Sebum (oil), which normally drains to the surface get blocked, and bacteria begins to grow. It is this bacteria that is responsible for the formation of acne and is the most common skin disorder in the United States.
Treatment for Acne includes the use of Acne Lasers as well as properly selected skin care products to maintain results.
Acne’s Various Types and Conditions
Acne, whether you call them “zits”, “pimples” or “blemishes”, acne can be different for everyone. Some acne is superficial red and white bumps; some is deep and cystic in nature. No matter what it is, acne can be distressing and annoyingly persistent.
Hormones likely play a role in the development of acne, making the condition most common in teenagers. But people of all ages can get acne. Many adults still struggle with intermittent but persistent acne breakouts due to hormonal changes associated with menstrual cycles, but it can also be related to a condition called Rosacea. This condition is associated with easy flushing or blushing progressing to the appearance of visible capillaries on the face usually around the nose and on the cheeks. The acne with “Acne Rosacea” appears as pimple-like, red bumps.
Depending on its severity, acne can cause emotional distress and lead to scarring of the skin. The good news is that effective treatments are available — and the earlier treatment is started, the lower your risk of lasting physical and emotional damage. Listed below are the treatments that can be performed to assist in the resolution and improvement of the different forms of acne.
Based on the depth and type of the acne, different lasers or treatments can be used for the best outcome.
Superficial Acne—Topical medication can be prescribed by your doctor to improve superficial acne. These are usually antibiotics and should be limited in their long-term use. Superficial Laser and Light treatments can be used to remove the bacteria that are causing the acne outbreaks. One or a series of treatments can be needed to produce a 3-12 month result in acne clearance. The lasers used for this treatment are called the PPX laser and the light treatments are called Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) treatments. A topical medication can be used to improve the efficacy of the IPL treatments called Levulan.
Medium Depth Acne—Oral medication can be prescribed by your doctor to improve medium depth or moderately severe acne. Again the use of antibiotics should be limited. Medium depth treatments are performed with a Sciton laser utilizing Broad Band Light(BBL). The addition of a topical medication called Levulan can again be used to improve the efficacy and longevity of the results. The results of these treatments typically last 6-12 months.
Deep Cystic Acne—An Oral medication called Accutane is reserved for this type of condition but has known side effects that limit its use. It is only prescribed by a dermatologist and it use is highly regulated and limited. A viable long-term and safe treatment option is available at Lasting SkinSolutions®. It is a laser treatment called SkinTyte that sends heat to the depth of the sebaceous gland rendering the gland inactive. The results can last up to 5 years. One to three treatments can be required.
Contact our laser acne treatment Madison area specialists today for clearer, smoother more beautiful skin.