Acne: Not Just a Teen Problem
September 12, 2014
It would be nice if as soon as awkward adolescence was over, we simply left all the problems of being a teenager behind us. Unfortunately, this is not the case, and some problems can persist into adulthood. One of these common problems is acne. While many people experience their worst breakouts during high school, others continue to struggle with the problem into young adulthood, or simply have to cope with scarring after the fact. While acne and acne scars can be difficult problems to treat, there are ways to help alleviate the symptoms. Here are some professional skincare treatments that can help.
Blue Light Therapy
If you are interested in a gentle procedure for treating all but severe active acne, then blue light therapy might be an ideal choice for you. Blue light therapy uses a single wavelength LED light to destroy acne-causing bacteria in the skin with no downtime.
The effectiveness of the treatment is intensified if therapeutic acids are applied during the session, however some of these cause severe skin redness and might not be a good option for every patient. Depending on whether these substances are used, patients might come in anywhere from twice a week to once every two to three weeks until symptoms are showing enough improvement. Blue light therapy can sometimes be covered by health insurance.
There are a variety of chemical peels available, and these vary in depth, purpose, effectiveness, and downtime. The good news is that some lighter peels, like MCA peels, are good for treating acne, and involve little to no downtime. Chemicals are applied to the face for a controlled period of time, after which the skin is neutralized. In the days following, old skin will peel off, to be replaced with fresher, brighter skin.
Dermabrasion is a fairly invasive procedure that can be used for skin resurfacing and to treat acne scars. The procedure "sands off" irregularities for smoother skin. An abrasion tool is used with the patient under general anesthesia or local anesthesia with freezing sprays. Following dermabrasion, the skin will become swollen and red, with some discharge for several days before the skin begins to peel and new skin starts to form. Initial recovery takes about two weeks, but some redness may persist for up to six months.
Is Now a Good Time for Treatment?
If you're interested in mild acne treatments, then it's fine to start them at just about any time. For more intense treatments like dermabrasion, you will have to wait until your lifestyle allows for the recovery time and you are likely to get significant benefit from the treatment. Your provider can help you decide what the best course of action is in your case.
Explore Your Options
Not sure which treatment is the best option for you? Everyone is different, and you may need a combination of techniques to help your skin improve. The only way to find out which options are best for you is to seek help from a qualified provider. He or she can assess your skin and make recommendations based on the severity of your acne, your skin type, candidacy, and other factors.
If you're looking for a qualified provider in the Dearborn or Birmingham area, come to Masri Clinic for Laser & Cosmetic Surgery to meet with Dr. FatinaMasri. Dr. Masri has the expertise to help you reach your skincare goals. Call 866-487-3223today to schedule your free consultation.