Acne & Acne Scarring

Acne & Acne Scarring

Acne at any age, from pubescent through adulthood, is a difficult, even anxiety-inducing diagnosis. The result of clogged pores from dead skin and oil, acne shows as blackheads, whiteheads and pimples on the face, chest and back. While every individual is different, the causes of acne are broad-ranging and can include genetics and high levels of the hormone testosterone. In extreme cases, acne can leave its mark well beyond its active state with pitted skin and visible acne scarring. The good news? Acne and acne scarring no longer have to be suffered in silence. At Skin Artist Laser Clinic, we can offer countless aesthetic technologies and combination protocols that will thwart existing acne and diminish the appearance of acne scars for good.

Treatment For Acne and Acne Scarring

Even though acne is one of the most common skin ailments we see, we believe that the best acne treatment is the one that works for you (and not a one-size-fits-all solution). For current acne sufferers, you will receive a complete skin assessment and diagnosis by our talented providers. Customized treatment plans may include a range of topical skin care, OTC or prescription medications as well salicylic chemical acid peels designed to decongest problematic skin at its source. For acne scars, we offer deep fractional laser resurfacing to resurface damaged skin as well as microneedling to induce new collagen production for a complexion that looks blemish-free and beautiful.

How to get rid of your acne scars

Acne is a common skin condition affecting about 80 percent of those between the ages of 11 and 30 at some point. It may seem like the irritation will never go away, but it does. And then you can deal with any remaining scars.

At Skinartist Laser Clinic, we will first focus on getting your acne under control; the fewer breakouts you have, the fewer scars you’ll get.

When we turn attention to the scars your acne has left behind, we will typically explore three main treatment options:-

1. Laser treatments. Vascular-specific lasers target blood vessels and can help lighten flat or raised scars that are pink or purple, and help flatten raised scars. At Skinartist Laser Clinic, we often use fractional or carbon dioxide ablative lasers to treat acne scars.

Afterwards, the skin is swollen and red, and may bleed, for up to five days. Also, you may need between three to five sessions.

2. Chemical peels.: At Skinartist Laser Clinic, we may apply a chemical solution to the skin. This causes it to “blister” and eventually peel off, creating new, regenerated skin that’s usually smoother than the old skin. This Peeling usually causes redness, and sometimes swelling and cold sores, for up to seven days.

Lasers are more precise, so if a chemical peel doesn’t work, people often try laser”.

3. Microneedling:- Also known as collagen induction therapy, microneedling uses either a fine-needle roller or pen device to create tiny holes in the top layer of the skin. The procedure stimulates collagen production, which helps improve fine lines and skin texture.

Redness occurs afterward, typically lasting a couple of days. Most people will need four to six microneedling treatments for best results.

What you need to know about acne?

Acne is a chronic, inflammatory skin condition that causes spots and pimples, especially on the face, shoulders, back, neck, chest, and upper arms.

Whiteheads, blackheads, pimples, cysts, and nodules are all types of acne.

It is the most common skin condition in the United States, affecting up to 50 million Americans yearly.

It commonly occurs during puberty, when the sebaceous glands activate, but it can occur at any age. It is not dangerous, but it can leave skin scars.

The glands produce oil and are stimulated by male hormones produced by the adrenal glands in both males and females.

At least 85 percent of people in the U.S. experience acne between the ages of 12 and 24 years.

Fast facts on acne

Here are some facts about acne. More detail is in the main article.

Acne is a skin disease involving the oil glands at the base of hair follicles. It affects 3 in every 4 people aged 11 to 30 years. It is not dangerous, but it can leave skin scars. Treatment depends on how severe and persistent it is. Risk factors include genetics, the menstrual cycle, anxiety and stress, hot and humid climates, using oil-based makeup, and squeezing pimples.

Causes

Human skin has pores that connect to oil glands under the skin. Follicles connect the glands to the pores. Follicles are small sacs that produce and secrete liquid.

The glands produce an oily liquid called sebum. Sebum carries dead skin cells through the follicles to the surface of the skin. A small hair grows through the follicle out of the skin.

Pimples grow when these follicles get blocked, and oil builds up under the skin.

Skin cells, sebum, and hair can clump together into a plug. This plug gets infected with bacteria, and swelling results. A pimple starts to develop when the plug begins to break down.

Propionibacterium acnes (P. acnes) is the name of the bacteria that live on the skin and contributes to the infection of pimples.

Research suggests that the severity and frequency of acne depend on the strain of bacteria. Not all acne bacteria trigger pimples. One strain helps to keep the skin pimple-free.

Hormonal factors

A range of factors triggers acne, but the main cause is thought to be a rise in androgen levels.

Androgen is a type of hormone, the levels of which rise when adolescence begins. In women, it gets converted into estrogen.

Rising androgen levels cause the oil glands under the skin to grow. The enlarged gland produces more sebum. Excessive sebum can break down cellular walls in the pores, causing bacteria to grow.

Other possible triggers

Some studies suggest that genetic factors may increase the risk.

Other causes include:

  • some medications that contain androgen and lithium
  • greasy cosmetics
  • hormonal changes
  • emotional stress
  • menstruation