It’s like your face is mad at the world. No matter what you do, it erupts every chance it gets. It’s time to focus your attention on things that really matter and leave your skin woes to us.
Acne doesn’t always pack up and leave after your teenage years. In fact, it’s common for it to make a return in your 20s and beyond due to a whole host of factors including hormones, food sensitivities, pollution, skin care products and the list goes on. It’s a complicated skin disorder because each case is as different as the individual suffering from it and triggers vary.
We’ve got your back (and face).
This is where we come in. We have options for controlling, eliminating and decongesting breakouts on the face and body as well as for removing acne scars. We rely on multiple forms of treatment and use our expertise to get to the bottom of what’s causing your acne. We then develop a targeted, completely customized plan of attack. It’s time to take back control of your skin and face the world with confidence.
What causes acne?
A: There are a slew of types of acne and causes, which is why it’s notoriously difficult to treat. The most common type is acne vulgaris.
Hundreds of tiny glands called sebaceous glands lie just beneath the surface of the skin. Their function is to collect and excrete sebum – an oily substance produced to keep the skin from drying out. Sometimes the pathways where this sebum is excreted become clogged and a type of bacteria called P. acnes grows. The area swells up and a pesky pimple forms on the surface of the skin. In some cases, this process becomes extremely active making acne frequent and hard to control.
Most people will develop acne at some point in their lives. General causes include:
- Imbalanced hormones
- Stress and tension
- Menstrual periods, especially irregular periods
- Picking and squeezing existing pimples
- Low estrogen birth control pills
- Mechanical irritation from glasses, sports equipment, wrestling, telephones, pillows or hand friction while sleeping
- Excessive sweating from hitting the gym, vigorous work, playing sports, using a sauna, etc.
- Oil-based cosmetics, moisturizing creams and powders, especially in adult women (cosmetic acne)
- Diet: Some patients are bothered by caffeine (coffee, tea, soda and chocolate), nuts, peanut butter, fried or greasy foods, dairy products, salt, pastry and beer. If you suspect you may have a food allergy, eliminate the likely offender for a four-week trial period.
- Certain supplements and medications including vitamins B2, B6, B12 and D, brewer’s yeast, kelp, cod liver oil, iodides, bromides, INH, Dilantin, Mesantoin, barbiturates, Epival, diazepam, clomipramine, Paxil, Zoloft, Prozac, Haldol, Cardizem, thyroxin, lithium, Provera, quinine, Altace, Verapamil and AZT
- Aggressive skin cleansing with pads, brushes, sandy soaps and face cloths
What is acne?
A: Besides being the bane of many of our existences, acne is characterized by comedones (a fun word for blackheads or whiteheads), papules, pustules, cysts and nodules. It typically affects the face, chest, back and shoulders. If it’s left untreated or treated inappropriately, picked at, or otherwise irritated, it can result in permanent scars. Therefore, waiting to “outgrow” acne without treatment can be a serious mistake.
How can acne be treated?
A: A clear complexion is possible! Acne treatment options include:
- Oral and/or topical medications
- Topical cleansers, toners, serums and lotions – these products usually contain salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide
- Microdermabrasion (mechanical exfoliation)
- Chemical peels – The most common acids used for this treatment are alpha hydroxyl acids (AHAs) and beta hydroxy acids (BHAs), such as glycolic, lactic, tartaric and salicylic acids
- IPL treatments to reduce pigmented acne scars