Acne Treatment

Acne Treatment in South Pasadena, CA

What is an Acne?

Acne is a common skin condition that is the result of clogged pores. If you don’t properly wash your skin, a build-up of sebum oil and dead skin cells will clog your pores. Acne can occur in several forms like pimples (red bumps), blackheads, whiteheads, blemishes and cystic acne. Cystic acne is known to be painful because they are larger, more solid pimples found deeper in the skin. Acne can be found on other areas of the body, like the neck, chest and back.

Acne is most commonly found in teens. But if you are an adult struggling with acne, that is very normal. Adult women are more likely to encounter acne than men due to hormonal changes like menstrual periods and pregnancy.

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What Are the Causes of acne?

When the dead skin cells do not reach the surface of your skin, they can connect with the sebum and become trapped inside your pores. Acne will occur if the bacteria that lives on the surface of your skin, known as p. acnes, also becomes trapped inside your pores. You will then develop red bumps because of inflammation and the creation of pus to fight the bacterial infection.

What are the symptoms of acne?

If you find blemishes on your skin in the form of blackheads, whiteheads, pimples (red bumps) and larger, red bumps known as cysts, then you have some form of acne. These different kinds of blemishes can be found on the face, neck, chest and back. You may also notice psychological symptoms of acne. Acne is an embarrassing condition for some, and has the potential to cause low self-esteem and depression.

How can acne be treated?

There are countless ways to treat and manage your acne. Acne can be treated with topical medications, oral medications, chemical peels, extraction treatments and/or laser treatments. Everyone’s skin is unique and that is why a thorough consultation with a doctor to determine a customized treatment plan for you is vital to protect and effectively treat your skin.

It is most important to regularly cleanse your skin with “non-comedogenic” products that will not clog your pores. It is also important not to pick, scratch or scrub your acne because it can worsen the condition by spreading the bacteria and could also cause scarring.

Topical treatments that contain benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid and retinol could be helpful for your acne, but it will take 4-8 weeks to see improvements. Oral antibiotics and oral contraceptives have also been clinically proven to clear-up acne. Laser technology also has positive effects on treating active acne and acne scarring.

Frequently Asked Questions

There are many factors that can contribute to acne, but the main four are:
  • Overactive oil glands
  • Blockage of the skin pores
  • Skin bacteria activity
  • Inflammation.
Simply washing the face will not clear up or prevent acne. Washing the face does help to remove dead skin cells and excess oil on the surface of the skin. Oftentimes people use alcohol based cleansers and scrub the area excessively causing irritation to the skin and worsening acne, Washing the face twice a day gently and with mild soap is all that is needed. Acne is caused by a variety of factors that are not affected by washing the face.
Stress can have many physiological effects on the body including changes in hormones that could lead to acne. If acne is properly being treated, stress is not a likely cause of acne.
The first signs of acne are usually seen at puberty and typically done by the time someone is in their 20’s. In some cases, acne can persist into adulthood. For women, changes in hormones may lead to the development of acne. For example, some women get acne when they change birth control, which might have been keeping acne under control. Other causes of acne may be the ingredients in the cosmetics being used, which can cause comedones to form, causing acne
When it comes to acne, the best approach is an individualized approach. RejuvaYou offers multiple leading edge technologies to treat acne including microdermabrasion, chemical peels, light energy treatments and lasers. Once you come in for a Free Evaluation, we will perform a Visia Skin Analysis and an acne evaluation to determine the best treatment options for the individual.
A series of Chemical Peels can improve mild to moderately severe acne and can be applied to the face and body. Chemical Peels work to resurface the skin by triggering a controlled wound response, thus removing superficial layers of the skin. This helps to clear dead skin cells and excess oil from clogging pores, hair follicles and reducing oil on the skin which can reduce acne. The result is a promotion of growth of a new healthy layer of skin to improved skin tone and clarity of the skin. Chemical peels can treat the following issues as well:
  • Rough skin
  • Mild skin discoloration
  • Age spots
  • Fine lines
  • Wrinkles
  • Scars
An IPL + RF, also known as the trademarked FotoFacial RF, combines Intense Pulse Light (IPL) with Radiofrequency to produce effective treatment results. The technology uses bi-polar radiofrequency and blue light energy to target and destroy acne causing bacteria while also slowing sebaceous oil production. Some of the benefits of the FotoFacial RF are:
  • Tightens pores
  • Reduction in the severity of acne
  • Balances skin color and decreases redness
  • Diminishes hyperpigmentation, sun spots and freckles
  • Helps with the appearance of acne scarring or chicken pox scarring
  • Reduces the appearance of fine lines reverse sun damage
  • Treats broken capillaries, blood vessels, telangiectasia and rosacea
  • Triggers a response from the body to boost collagen and elastin

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