Treating Your Acne
The focus of both home and prescription therapy is to unclog pores, kill bacteria and minimize oil. The most useful lifestyle change you can make regardless of the treatment is never to pick or squeeze pimples. Picking at acne breakouts almost always makes the bumps stay redder and inflamed longer.
Unclogging pores can be achieved through a daily cleansing and exfoliation process. Washing one to two times per day with a mild cleanser will keep skin clean and minimize sensitivity and irritation. Exfoliating cleansers containing fine granules, glycolic and salicylic acids and retinols (a derivative of vitamin A) to help clear up problematic skin by removing the outer layer of skin and opening pores. Belleza Skincare Institute carries several mild cleansers that work well for acne as well as retinol products. Find out which products are right for you!
Killing bacteria is most easily achieved through the use of an anti-bacterial cleanser or body wash. The most popular ingredient in the anti-bacterial washes is benzoyl peroxide. Belleza has benzoyl peroxide washes in two strengths depending on your needs (5% and 10% Benzoyl Peroxide).
You can not stop your glands from producing oils; even Accutane only slows the production down for a short period of time. To temporarily reduce oil and shine, you can do use a gentle astringent to wipe away excess oils or use masks with sulfur or clays that draw out oil in the skin. Antibacterial pads can also help with the reduction of surface oils and shine. Belleza carries two great facial toners, as well as antibacterial pads with glycolic and salicylic acids for oil control, perfect for athletes to use after working up a sweat!
Acne flair ups can be embarrassing for teenagers and young adults. Makeup can be a great tool in covering up breakouts and restoring self-confidence. Make sure that non- comedogenic products are chosen. This means that they do not contain products that will clog your pores. Mineral make up is non-comedogenic and often contains SPF as well. Belleza carries glō mineral™ makeup.
There are several other treatment options available for those suffering with acne besides traditional oral and topical medications. Facials and extractions can help with deep cleaning pores and is especially useful for people with whiteheads and blackheads. Having pores unclogged by a professional also reduces the temptation to do it yourself.
Laser treatments are often safe and effective treatment options both to clear skin (Acleara Skin Clearing Treatment) and to eliminate acne scarring (IPL Resurfacing Treatments). The Acleara uses both a gentle vacuum technique to eliminate impurities from the skin as well as pulses of light to stimulate new healthy skin growth. Laser resurfacing can elevate deep depressed scars and smooth shallow acne scars. Fractional laser options are less invasive, faster, and have very minimal downtime and side effects. To find out if you are a candidate for either the Acleara clearing system or a fractional laser to address stubborn acne scarring schedule a complimentary consultation with one of our aestheticians today!
Chemical Peels are also a great option for patients looking to exfoliate and rejuvenate their skin in conjunction with other acne treatments. A chemical solution is applied to the skin which then causes the skin to blister and peel over several days and is replaced by fresh, healthy new skin. This exfoliating process is great for reducing and sometimes eliminating the appearance of acne and scarring as well as improving the pigmentation and smoothness of the skin.
All acne treatments require patience and perseverance. Most topical treatments require 2-3 months before the treatment will start working. Chemical peels and laser treatments often produce faster results but still may require multiple treatments for best results. Unless an allergic reaction or adverse side effect occurs it is important to give each regimen or drug enough time before moving on. Please consult with our experienced dermatologists and aestheticians to determine which acne treatments are best for you!