The term “acne” refers to what is commonly known as pimples, zits or plugged pores. While most suffer from acne in their teenage years, a growing number of adults experience breakouts. 80 % of the population has acne in one form or another.
The most common lesion (pimple) is known as the microcomedone , where the hair follicle is plugged with P.acnes bacteria and sebum. The variations on this lesion are whitehead (comedos that stay below the surface) and blackheads (comedos which rise to the surface of the skin). Another form of acne, found in people with dry skin, is called “asphyxiated acne”. This occurs when the top of the skin is extremely dry, upsetting the balance of the skin. Sebaceous glands then compensate for this dryness by overproducing sebum beneath the skin.
It is believed that acne is caused by cells from the hair follicle, which are shed too quickly. These cells eventually clump together and form a plug at the follicle’s opening, sebum from the sebaceous glands reaching the surface of the skin. The mixture of cells and oil feed the P.acnes bacteria in the plugged follicles, causing inflammation or swelling, redness, heat and pain .
While hormones, specifically Androgens, are the cause of acne in most people, factors such as genetics, the use of certain drugs (birth control, androgens, lithium and barbiturates), stress, friction, environmental pollutants and picking at blemishes can contribute to this condition.
The androgen testosterone regulates the amount of sebum produced by the sebaceous glands. It has been found that people with acne produce higher amounts of sebum and are likely sensitive to hormones.
The use of birth control may also aggravate the acne disorder, as well as emotional tension or stress.
After your assessment a specific treatment program will be recommended that addresses your individual needs, your specific program may include some or all the following…
Advanced Skin Care: Regulation of sebum production and anti-inflammatory skincare for oily blemished skin.
Deep Therapeutic Peels: Improves skin texture, reduces acne and/or superficial scaring, reduces blackheads, helps destroy acne-causing bacteria on the skin, and much more.
Microdermabrasion: Remove superficial dead skin cells, clear your pores from debris resulting in a more vibrant, healthy glow to skin with improved skin tone, more even skin color, fewer acne breakouts, and more refined pores.
Instant Face Lift: Completely relaxing experience. As there is no downtime, you can resume your daily activities immediately. Treats many facial issues such as: redness, acne scarring, sebaceous cysts, and acne
In order to maintain clear skin post-treatment, it is important to have a consistent home care regime. Personal hygiene is in the patient’s control and they should participate in their skin care and wellness. Your technician will help you choose what is right for you.