Most people experience acne at some point in their lives, from a few mild breakouts to a face full of painful pimples. Every person suffering from acne simply wants to get rid of it as quickly as possible. While we’re all familiar with pimples, blackheads, inflammation and whiteheads caused by this condition, many sufferers know very little about the ailment beyond what is discussed in the media.
Causes of Acne
In essence, acne occurs when an essential and necessary function of the skin is altered or goes wrong. It is imperative to note that human skin comes equipped with oil-producing glands, known as sebaceous glands, which are allied and linked with hair follicles and pores. The oil glands consist of a fatty layer called the sebum, which helps the skin keep and preserve natural moisture. The presence of acne is increased during puberty due to excess oil being produced by the oil glands during the hormonal changes of that phase of life.
One significant cause of acne is hormones, but it can be caused by genetic factors as well. Acne can also be caused by hormonal changes due to medications. Further, use of birth control methods, menopause, stress and pregnancy can trigger acne breakouts, as they are all hormonal activities in our bodies. Many people note that acne breakouts strike right before final exams, a wedding, or even a job interview – all stressful times of life. Substances such as perfumes, makeup, soaps, and conditioners can also trigger acne.
At San Diego Cosmetic Laser Clinic, we understand the effects that acne can have on a person’s self-confidence and overall self-esteem. We offer a variety of acne treatments to help patients overcome acne problems.
These procedures include:
This treatment works by decreasing melanin in the skin, as melanin is liable for the darkening of the skin and accelerating melasma and other discolorations of the skin. Cosmelan treatment is safe, effective, and compatible with all types of skin, and appropriate for use on acne patients. With this treatment, the patient undergoes two stages. In the first phase, Cosmelan is applied as a mask on the face of the patient and left for six-ten hours depending on the skin type. Following, the removal of the mask, the second stage is implemented. The patient is given Cosmelan 2 products to apply daily for a few weeks. Generally, significant improvements are notable within the first week of application.
This treatment is great for patients who want to avoid using drugs or antibiotics. The BLU-U light is a special blue light that can kill the bacteria that cause acne. The procedure is simple as you are only required to sit with your face near the light for a short time once or twice per week. Within a few weeks, the Blu-U light will have your acne under control and keep your skin clear for a considerable period of time.
This treatment is very efficient and safe for all types of skin and is also used for treating various skin conditions. Photodynamic therapy improves the skin pigmentation, texture, and reduces the appearance of wrinkles in your face. It is also useful for treating hyperplasia, and severe acne. Levulan, a clear and painless photosensitizing agent, is applied to the skin. Some 30-60 minutes later, the solution is activated by blue light which causes a photodynamic effect which kills acne-causing bacteria.
San Diego Cosmetic Laser
If you are suffering from acne, please contact San Diego Cosmetic Laser Clinic today. We would be happy to discuss our acne treatments with you and recommend the one we feel would be best for your skin.