We know that acne can leave more than physical marks on your face and body; it can have a significant impact on your self-esteem and confidence level. That’s why acne treatment is such a special area of focus and concern for us at the Medical Rejuvenation Centre. To treat acne, we rely on multiple forms of treatment. There is no one miracle approach, but our programs designed specifically for each patient, yield great results.
There are many types of acne, the most common being, “acne Vulgaris.” Just beneath the surface of the skin lie hundreds of tiny glands called “sebaceous glands”. Their function is to collect and excrete “sebum” (an oily substance produced to keep the skin in a healthy state).
The tiny pathways where the sebum is excreted, often become clogged, and a type of bacteria called P. Acnes begins to grow. In a short time, the area swells up and forms what we know as a pimple on the skin’s surface.
Most people experience the development of acne at some point in their lives. In some cases, this process becomes very active, making the acne troublesome and hard to control.
What can aggravate acne?
- Stress and tension
- Menstrual periods, especially irregular periods
- Picking and squeezing the pimples
- Low-estrogen birth control pill
- Mechanical irritation from glasses, sports equipment, wrestling, telephones, pillows or hand friction while sleeping
- Excessive sweating from vigorous work, sports, sauna, etc.
- Oil-based cosmetics, moisturizing creams and powders, especially in adult women (cosmetic acne)
- Diet: Some patients are bothered by caffeine (coffee, tea, coke, chocolate), nuts, peanut butter, fried, greasy or fast foods, dairy products (butter, milk, cheese, eggs, ice cream), salt, pastry, and beer. If you suspect a food, eliminate it for a four-week trial period.
- Vitamins B2, B6, B12, vitamin D, Brewer’s yeast, kelp, cod liver oil, iodides, bromides, INH, Dilantin, Mesantoin, barbiturates, Epival, Comipramine, Diazepam, Paxil, Zoloft, Cardizem, Prozac, Haldol, Thyroxin, lithium, Provera, quinine, Altace, Verapamil, AZT
- Aggressive skin cleansing with pads, brushes, sandy soaps, and face cloths.
Acne is characterized by: comedones (blackheads or whiteheads), papules, pustules, cysts, and nodules. It affects mainly the face, chest, back, and shoulders. If the acne is left untreated, or if picked or treated inappropriately, permanent scars may result. Waiting to outgrow acne without treatment can be a serious mistake.
What are the treatment options available for acne?
- 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 (AHA’s) and beta hydroxy acids (BHA’s), such as Glycolic, Lactic, Tartoril, and Salicycle.
- Photodynamic therapy (PDT): treats acne, precancerous sun damage and actinic keratosis. It involves the application of levulan, a photosensitive agent and exposure to medical grade light source called blu-u. Targeted cells become photosensitive and consequently get destroyed.