No matter your demographic, acne is something that affects us all. It’s frustrating and stubborn, and sometimes it even consumes our perception of ourselves. It’s hard knowing the right steps to take to tackle acne, but the dermatologists at Dermatology & Mohs Surgery Institute are here to help you make informed decisions to clear your acne.
Your skin is made up of tiny holes called pores. These pores usually stay pretty clean, however, when dirt, oil, bacteria, or dead skin cells enter the pore, the pore becomes blocked. When there is blockage, a pimple will form. The repeated formation of pimples is defined as acne. Acne is the most common skin disorder in the United States. Acne typically affects most teenagers between the ages 10 to 13, however 20% of people with acne are adults. Although there is no danger behind having acne, its appearance can affect self-esteem, and it can even become quite painful. Severe cases of acne with pimples that are plugged deeper into the skin to form inflamed skin is called cystic acne. Cystic acne tends to be tough to beat, but is treatable. Unfortunately, even after the pimples are gone, acne usually leaves behind scarring.
Some preliminary steps to treating your acne are to wash your face regularly, avoid abrasion and touching your face, and changing your pillowcases regularly. Some notes to take into account when choosing your skin care is to find a balance between being effective, but not damaging. Often, people have the misconception that abrasive scrubs or tools will help get rid of stubborn dirt that is clogging pores. However, these products are often too tough on skin and actually make acne worse. In addition, by avoiding touching your face, your pores are less likely to become clogged. This is because your fingertips have oil and dirt on them that will easily clog your pores. Similarly, when you don’t wash your pillowcase regularly, dirt, oil, and bacteria build up, and again, will clog your pores. If these steps don’t work, there are many cosmetic services that will help.
One cosmetic service to help rid your skin of acne is high frequency laser treatment. High frequency is an efficient service that helps reduce redness and inflammation within two to three days of treatment. The treatment is performed using a glass electrode, which is put on the skin to create a “sparking” effect. This “sparking” effect kills the bacteria that is clogging the pores and eliminates the deep inflammation in the pimple. This treatment doesn’t require any recovery period, and minimal discomfort is felt during the session.
Another cosmetic service is Fraxel Re:Store. This laser treatment helps boost your body’s production of brand-new collagen and skin cells. The most abundant protein in the body is collagen. Collagen helps keep your skin looking young and is a fundamental component in your skin. Essentially, this therapy resurfaces any targeted areas. This has been especially helpful in conquering cases of acne and acne scarring, as it helps get rid of the old skin and promotes growth of new, undamaged skin. The healing time for this treatment is quick and this treatment is inclusive to all skin types.
There are many reasons people want to get rid of their acne, but don’t know how or have found typical methods ineffective. It is important to feel good about your skin and take care of it the proper way. Don’t let stubborn acne be daunting. If you are in or around Bloomington, Illinois and are experiencing acne complete this form. A dermatologist from Dermatology & Mohs Surgery Institute can administer treatment options.
We look forward to serving you. Please let us know who you are and what kind of skin care services you looking for, and we will be in touch to schedule your appointment.