Skin Acne Treatments
Acne is such a bothersome problem. It can truly detract from your beauty. Your skin can get spotted with scars and discolorations that simply can't be taken care of with over-the-counter solutions or covered with makeup.
Fortunately Earthbound Skin Spa has a number of remedies to not only reduce the appearance of acne but also heal and prevent it. Your skin has an endless ability to repair itself. Our therapies promote this healing from within. We can reduce future acne flares, restore your clear skin, and reverse the effects of scarring. With new, state-of-the-art therapies from Earthbound Skin Spa you won't suffer from acne any longer.
When most people think of acne, they tend to picture teenage sufferers. But in reality, acne is a skin condition that impacts people of all ages. If you’re tired of struggling with acne, come to Earthbound Skin Spa to learn about the treatment options offered at our Plano, TX office.
Improve Your Skin
At EarthBound Med spa, we understand the negative impact acne can have on your self-esteem. That’s why we’ve developed a comprehensive approach to acne treatment to serve our patients’ needs. When you come to us for help with your acne, we’ll:
Evaluate your skin
Work to determine the source of your acne
Come up with ways to eliminate acne triggers
Treat your current case of acne using the most effective options at our disposal
It’s time to fight back against acne, and EarthBound Medspa wants to help. For more information about our acne treatment program or to schedule an appointment, call us today.
What is ACNE
Acne has many faces. It starts in when our hormones wake up at ages 11-14 and can continue into our 50s and through menopause. In between, it can change year to year, even month to month and certainly decade to decade.
The good news is that never before have there been so many good treatments available. And even, if acne isn’t “curable” in the true sense of the word, it’s very controllable and can usually be improved by 80-90%. That’s pretty good.
Acne is complicated. It exists in many forms and has many treatments. Your dermatologist will help you with it, but this article will give you the information you need to ask the right questions
What are the Possible Treatments?
We’re all individuals, so there may be variation in treatment depending on your particular needs and your doctor’s style of practice. Here are some of the most common:
Gels, lotions and creams
Lasers for Acne
What Causes Acne?
Hormones in both males and females surge around ages 10 to 14 and stimulate the oil glands on the face, chest, and back to secrete more oil. The oil glands connect to hair follicles -tiny canals for hair – and the oil empties onto the skin through the hair follicle. The overabundant oil (called sebum) gets mixed with dead skin cells from the hair follicle and forms a plug. Bacteria then begin to grow in the mixture of oil and cells. These bacteria release chemicals that cause inflammation, which then breaks down the follicle. The oil, dead cells, and bacteria then spill into the surrounding skin, causing more inflammation, swelling, and pus.
Be patient – it takes eight to 10 weeks to see if a new acne medication is working
Apply creams, gels, or lotions in a thin layer over the entire area, not just on the lesions
Don’t pick! Picking can cause scars.
It’s normal to get a bit red or irritated. Using a moisturizer often helps. Stop the medicine and call your doctor if you stay red or irritated for more than a week.
“Would microdermabrasion help my acne?”
It really depends on what type of acne you have. If your acne is mostly comedonal (blackheads and whiteheads) or with a few red bumps (papules), it should respond well. Usually a series of microdermabrasion treatments followed by maintenance treatments will be recommended. Other types of acne, particularly those red (inflamed), very pustular or cystic, will get worse. With these types of acne, microdermabrasion is not advised without first being seen by a dermatologist. You may need to have the inflammation brought under control first. If you aren’t sure, call your dermatologist and ask before you get started. Many dermatologists now offer microdermabrasion in their offices so that you can be assured of getting treatment geared to your particular skin problems.
“Are facials helpful for acne?”
Facials by an experienced aesthetician may be helpful if you have mild to moderate acne. The aesthetician will normally steam your face and gently, and the key word is gently, extract some of the plugs in your pores. If there is any bruising, find another aesthetician.
Facials can be done monthly and are usually compatible with treatments prescribed by your dermatologist. Just be sure to let both the doctor and the aesthetician know what medications and skin care products you are using. If you have moderate to severe acne, find an aesthetician who works in an office with a dermatologist before undertaking any facials or microdermabrasion. If these aren’t done correctly, they may make your acne worse.
Lasers for Acne
There are several laser systems being marketed for acne treatment. The long wavelength of these lasers penetrates into the oil glands, prevents the formation of plugs in the pores, and kills bacteria.
You will need about 4 treatments scheduled 2 weeks apart for your initial series. The treatments take about 20-30 minutes each (allow an hour for the whole check-in and treatment), and cause very little discomfort. You may be a bit red for an hour or so after the treatment, but you can apply makeup right after the treatment. You will likely need maintenance treatments every 4 to 9 months.
PRE-LASER TREATMENT INSTRUCTIONS:
Avoid the sun for two weeks before and after your laser treatment. Sun exposed skin is more susceptible to injury during laser applications.
Recently tanned skin cannot be treated. Laser treatment within 1-2 weeks of skin tanned naturally or in a tanning booth may result in hypopigmented (white) spots after treatment. These spots may not clear for several months.
Avoid topical medications for a week prior to the treatment.
The use of self tanning products must be discontinued 2 weeks prior to treatment. Any residual self-tanner must be removed prior to treatment.
For best results, we recommend a microdermabrasion 1 to 2 weeks prior to your laser treatment. Microdermabrasion is a noninvasive procedure which gently exfoliates the top layer of your skin, whisking away dead skin cells.
POST-LASER TREATMENT INSTRUCTIONS:
Immediately after treatment, there should be redness and swelling of the treatment areas, which may last up to 2 hours or longer. The redness may last up to 2-3 days. The treated area will feel like a sunburn for a few hours after treatment.
A topical soothing skin care product such as Aloe Vera, or a post-peel recovery cream may be applied after your treatment. Ice or cool gel packs may be soothing immediately following treatment.
Make-up/cosmetic products may not be used immediately after the treatment, and as long as the skin has irritation.
Your skin will be sensitive for the first week or so after treatment, so do not use products that will cause irritation during this time. Do not use abrasive scrubs, toners, or products that contain alpha or beta hydroxy acids, or retinoids (i.e. Tretinoin, Retin A, Tazorac, Differin, Renova).
The Post procedure solution kit should be used for a minimum of 7 days following the treatment.
Avoid sun exposure to reduce the chances of hyperpigmentation (dark spots).
Wear a daily sunblock (SPF 30+) at all times throughout the course of treatment.
Avoid picking or scratching of the treated skin.
There are no restrictions on bathing except treating the skin gently, as if you had a sunburn, for the first 24 hours after treatment.