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Acne Blemishes

and Scarring

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Concern:

ABOUT ACNE

Even if you breeze through your teenage years with clear skin, you may develop acne when you’re an adult. Acne occurs when the oil (or sebaceous) glands under hair follicles – often on your face, neck, chest or back – get plugged up, inflamed and sometimes colonized with acne-promoting bacteria.

 

Frequently, the glands simply secrete too much sebum, which can block pores and create a breeding ground for bacteria. In mild cases of acne, whiteheads and blackheads (“comedones”), as well as some raised red blemishes, appear. In more severe cases, cysts and deep nodules form around inflamed follicles, causing larger bumps, which can painful.

Hormonal imbalances can play a role in adult acne. Sebum increases with hormonal fluctuations, such as those associated with menstrual cycles, pregnancy and menopause. If you think flare-ups are related to your period, ask your doctor about oral contraceptives, which regulate the release of monthly hormones and prevent imbalances that contribute to acne.

Stress, as well, can disturb sleep, which can compromise your body’s ability to heal. Adequately managing stress and quality of sleep can help contribute to healthy skin.

Frequently asked questions

How will my acne be treated?


Your treatment plan will vary depending on the severity of your acne. After a consultation, your dermatologist will provide a number of options that could range from oral and topical prescriptions to acne surgeries or extractions. We carry a number of medical grade cleansers, toners, moisturizers, lotions and sunscreens available for purchase the same day and your dermatologist will tailor recommendations and treatment plans specifically to your skin.




What is acne?


Acne is an unsightly skin condition that occurs when pores get clogged. It can develop anywhere on the body, but many people experience acne, ranging from mild to severe, on their faces. Common types of pimples include whiteheads, blackheads and cysts, all of which respond to different treatment strategies.




What causes acne?


There are a number of factors that can cause acne. Acne is most common in teenagers aged 12 to 17. However, acne can affect people of all ages, making it quite common in adults as well. A genetic link can make some people more susceptible, but other common outbreak triggers include anxiety, stress, lack of hygiene and hormonal changes (during a woman’s menstrual cycle, for example).




What kind of results should I expect?


With an acne treatment plan and one of our dermatologists in your corner, you can expect your skin to start improving within weeks. Results can vary on an individual basis, but we’ll use the latest technology and research in acne treatment to find a solution that works for you.




What about acne scars?


Even though your acne may be gone, you are sometimes left with an unpleasant reminder on your skin in the form of a scar. Acne scars can be just as damaging to the self-esteem as the pimples that caused them. We want to make sure you’re happy with your appearance so we also offer treatment options to help reduce scarring.




What is the acne reduction process?


Acne reduction process uses the advanced pulse light technology of light penetration to the dermal layer to destroy the bacteria. This acne treatment is very effective, quick, comfortable. We can treat large areas like face, back, arms etc.




How many treatments do I need?


You may need 3-6 treatments for the acne reduction treatment to be effective for you. Our medical staff assess your requirements during your consult.