For some people, washing your face twice a day and using over-the-counter topical medications will resolve your acne breakouts. However, in most cases, you may find these methods unsuccessful. Further, while searching for the right treatments, you may find acne scarring has become a concern. Before seeking advanced acne treatments, there are a couple factors to consider to further define your skin care concerns and what treatment is best for you. The following questions can help you get a better understanding of your treatment options.
How Severe Is My Acne?
The severity and type of your acne will dictate the kind of treatment that may be required. Mild cases involve some clogs but no trapped bacteria; this usually consists of a few blackheads with no apparent inflammation. If a pimple has ruptured below the skin, the bacteria will spread and potentially form cysts along with a large amount of inflammation. It’s best to speak to an acne treatment specialist to understand the severity of your acne in order to get the appropriate treatment.
Am I Agitating My Acne?
Make sure your efforts to treat your acne aren’t inadvertently doing the opposite. Acne first forms when dead skin cells clump together and clog the pores in your skin. Although regular washing is encouraged to keep pores clean, doing so over-aggressively or too frequently will erode the upper layer of skin. This will produce more dead cells that can clog your pores. It is best to wash your face no more than twice a day to avoid aggravating your acne. Use oil-free cosmetics and hair products with labels like “non-comedogenic” and “non-acnegenic” to avoid clogging pores.
And of course, don’t pop your pimples. As tempting as it may be, doing so will only spread the bacteria around and can cause further scarring.
Am I Treating My Acne Correctly?
Even when using topical medications, you may not experience acne relief and can develop scarring. This is likely the result of either your acne being resistant to treatment or one of two common mistakes people make when applying creams:
The first mistake is only applying the acne treatment to the individual pimples. A lot of the mechanics behind acne occurs beneath the skin, where you can’t see it, so spreading the cream over the entire area ensures maximum coverage.
The second mistake is that people stop using the medication once their acne visibly abates, rather than using it for the complete prescribed term. Having said that, some acne doesn’t respond at all to treatment, so not seeing results after eight to 10 weeks of use is a sign you need to consider alternative treatments.
Note that topical treatments take time and do not necessarily prevent acne from reoccurring. Instead, consider a laser peel treatment for a safe, quick, non-medicated means to remove all forms of acne, reduce inflammation, and prevent reoccurrence.
How Can I Remove My Acne Scars?
A person’s likelihood of scarring from acne is determined by a combination of factors, including genetics, duration of the acne, and how much the acne is picked at. There are also different types of scars that range from mild to severe, making self-treatment a little more difficult. If you suffer from acne scarring, it’s best to consult a professional to see what treatments are available to you.
One of the most effective options to control acne, remove acne scars, and prevent future acne scars is through an acne laser treatment. Laser treatments are divided into ablative and non-ablative types. An ablative laser treatment will eliminate the scar by exposing the underlying, smoother skin, although it requires downtime and carries the risk of your skin not healing properly. Non-ablative treatments will also eliminate the scar with nanotechnology with the additional benefit of promoting the production of collagen, a structural protein in the skin, to speed up the healing process. Furthermore, non-ablative treatments are safer, have no downtime, and are virtually painless.
Acne laser peels generally take as little as three sessions to complete and are conducted about 14 days apart, so you can get your skin cleared up in less than a month. Another major benefit is that the procedure is pain-free and there is no downtime. This actually provides a greater margin of safety when compared to oral and topical acne treatment applications. Finally, laser acne treatments help reduce sebum production—a major factor in acne breakouts.
Remember, acne is treatable. By asking yourself certain questions, you can help identify the severity of your acne and determine the best source of treatment for your skin. Anti Aging Clinic offers advanced acne and skin treatments, including the highly effective Spectra acne laser peel that can safely and painlessly remove scars in three simple steps. We also combine our Spectra laser treatments with microdermabrasion to remove dead cells, preventing clogged pores and killing acne bacteria. Our experienced and certified medical technicians cater to patients of all ages. More information on how our techniques can treat your acne can be found here. To book a consultation, contact us today.