5 Treatments for Severe Acne
Acne is a common skin disease that many people experience during adolescence with the advent of testosterone in both sexes. However, adults often find themselves dealing with acne in their 30s and 40s, and hormonal changes in pregnancy often causes acne as well.
You can attempt to prevent acne by establishing a pro-active skin care regime. Your goal is to keep the skin clean and free of bacteria, and open pores to prevent clogging by sebaceous glands. Daily cleansing, weekly exfoliating, and using acne medication approved by your dermatologist are all part of your acne fighting arsenal.
However, if you lose the battle and end up with a severe case of acne, along with acne scarring, you’ll be happy to learn that there are 5 different types of treatment that a dermatologist can perform which can reduce the acne flare-up or lighten the acne scars.
1. Extractions. Extractions are performed to unclog pores and smooth bumpy skin caused by whiteheads and blackheads. Regular extractions are important in breaking the cycle of acne and improving the appearance of your skin.
2. ELOS Blue Light Acne Laser. This gentle laser treatment specifically targets acne bacteria and destroys it, as well as shrinking the production of oil glands. The best results are seen when the treatment is performed once every 2 weeks for 10 weeks total.
3. Photodynamic Therapy (PDT). This is a highly effective treatment for moderate to severe acne that includes three steps: (1) microdermabrasion to deeply cleanse and exfoliate your skin and unclog pores. (2) application of the light-absorbing liquid agent Levulan, which essentially turns the acne and oil glands into “targets” for the third step, (3) ELOS blue light acne laser, which destroys the bacteria responsible for the acne.
4. Vivite Chemical Peel. This peel is more gentle that the harsh, older chemical peels. It unclogs pores and lightens acne scars, and reveals the younger and brighter skin underneath. VIvite is a safe treatment for all skin types and is especially recommended for non-Caucasians considering chemical peel treatments.
5. Cortisone Shots. This treatment is ideal for those who get occasional cystic acne due to menstruation or stress. One quick and easy injection to the pimple and within hours it will be smaller and flatter. By the next day the pimple can be completely gone.
As you can see, acne and its physical, as well as psychological, effects, does not have to be the major problem of years past. Visit with your dermatologist and decided what treatment is best for you.
Dr. Tess Mauricio, “America’s Favorite Dermatologist,” is an author, renowned international speaker, physician educator and nationally known media personality. She is the Founder of Scripps Ranch Dermatology & Cosmetic center in San Diego and Dr. Tess Dermatology in La Jolla, California. Learn more online at drtessmd.