Proven and effective treatments for acne-prone skin, no matter your age.
What is Acne?
Acne is an inflammatory skin condition which commonly occurs during puberty when the sebaceous glands activate. But it can also happen at any age in your life. Acne usually appears on the face, neck, chest, forehead, shoulders, and upper back. Types of acne include:
- Blackheads or open clogged pores
- Whiteheads or close clogged pores
- Papules or small and red tender bumps
- Pimples, or papules with pus at their tips
- Nodules or solid, painful lumps beneath the surface of your skin
- Cystic lesions or painful, pus-filled lumps beneath the surface of your skin
What Causes Acne?
Acne is a skin disorder caused by the oil glands at the base of hair follicles. The oil produced by the glands is called sebum. Sebum is stimulated by the male hormones produced by the adrenal glands in both men and women. They carried dead skin cells through the follicles to the surface of the skin. Pimples grow when these follicles get blocked, and oil builds up under the skin. The blister develops when the skin cells, sebum, and hair clump together into a plug and get infected with bacteria. The severity and frequency of acne depend on the strain of bacteria in your body.
Acne is not dangerous, but it can leave behind unwanted or unflattering scarring. At Innovative Medspa, we specialize in acne scar removal in Chicago.
When to See a Doctor About Acne
Acne is a widespread problem that most of us face at some point in our lives. The majority of times it is not severe, but you may wonder if you should see a doctor. Acne is caused by:
– Excess oil production
– Changing hormones
– Blocked hair follicles
– Certain medications
– Abrasive cosmetics
– Emotional stress.
Acne is also caused by the use of oily cosmetics, work-related stress, diet, and
menstruation. The signs and symptoms of acne differ from one person to another and based on the severity of the condition, you need to see a doctor if:
– Home remedies do not show fruitful results
– Self-care remedies do not have any effect on the acne
– There is a sudden onset of severe acne. In older adults, the sudden onset of acne
can be a signal of an underlying disease that may require immediate treatment.
– If over the counter acne treatment has led to difficulty breathing, tightness of the throat, faintness, or swelling in the face, eyes, lips or tongue.
– If prescription drugs show side effects or do not show any result in treating acne.
How is Acne Treated?
Lifestyle changes that include a healthy diet, exercise, and a good skin care regime can make a lot of difference in reducing the occurrence of acne. There are several home remedies you can try or prescription medications such as topical antibiotics, antibacterial, retinoids, and oral medications.
Other acne treatments include:
Light treatment: Technology has advanced so much that acne can be treated using light. Hard to believe, but it is true. Several devices are safe and effective in treating mild-moderate acne, calm the existing breakouts, and restore the skin’s clear and youthful appearance. The laser light emits short pulsed light energy that exfoliates the damaged layers of your skin. The heat produced by the laser light tightens your skin by softening wrinkles, smoothing out scars, and minimizing acne pores. The intense beam of light also stimulates your skin’s collagen production that helps reduce the symptoms of scars.
Chemical peel: Chemical peels are used to treat skin irregularities and improve the texture of the skin. The chemical treatment procedure involves the application of a chemical on your skin, which makes it blister and peel off. The outermost layer of your skin is removed, leaving behind skin that is smooth, less wrinkled, and with reduced acne. There are several kinds of chemical peels used for different types of skin problems. The Vitalize peel and Rejuvenate peel are best suited for acne treatment. The Vitalize peel treats mild to moderate acne, and the Rejuvenate peel treats moderate to severe acne and acne scars.
Can Acne Scars be Treated?
Who doesn’t want flawless skin? Age spots, injury scars, acne scars, among others spoil your beauty when they appear on the face. Most times, we hide these scars using makeup. But wouldn’t it be easier to get rid of them permanently? There are several over the counter, as well as prescription topical creams and lotions that can be used to reduce the appearance of acne scars. But the best solution to treat acne scars is by collagen induction therapy and laser resurfacing.
Micro-needling: Also known as collagen induction therapy, micro-needling is a minimally invasive technique to treat acne scars. At Innovative MedSpa, we use the SkinPen Precision device. The micro-channels produced by the SkinPen stimulates collagen and elastin production and improves the appearance of acne scars, age spots, wrinkles, and fine lines.
Laser resurfacing: At Innovative MedSpa, we use the Cynosure Palomar laser for laser skin resurfacing. It is one of the most popular acne scar treatments in Chicago as well as for other kinds of scars and marks on the skin.
Skin Treatments from the Best in the Business
At Innovative MedSpa, our experienced healthcare providers will help you determine the most suitable treatment for you based on your skin type, acne, depth of the scar, and your health condition. Call us and book an appointment if you are in need of some of the best acne scar removal Chicago has to offer.