Active Acne Breakouts Important Information - Breakouts are the #1 Diagnosis for Dermatologists
Active Acne Breakouts affects 50 million Americans, making it the most common skin condition in the US
85% of teens experience acne. IT can consist of whiteheads, blackheads, pustules, which are commonly called pimples, papules, cysts, nodules, and zits.
American spends over $3 billion annually on acne treatments
Acne often causes psychological and physical cosmetic issues such as anxiety, low self-esteem, depression, and permanent acne scarring.
Active Acne Breakouts Important Information
Acne can come from many sources, most common is an inflammatory skin disorder associated with nodular skin lesions with scars and irregularities on the face during the later stages.
Did you know we can get rid of scars too, but let us get the acne under control first? It is a difficult problem affecting millions of teenagers and adults. The exact cause is unknown, although factors such as dietary habits, skin irritants (detergents), hormonal changes, certain medications, stress, nutritional deficiencies, etc. have been implicated in the etiology. Sometimes acne occurs for the first time later in life. Acne infections are a result of Propionibacterium along with Staphylococcus aureus.
There are many different methods of management of acne, unfortunately, many are temporary. Several prescription and over the counter products provide varying degrees of clearance of lesions. We use the Cynosure Picosure Focus Lens Array, Intense Pulsed Light Treatments (IPL) Photofacials, Palomar 1540 & 1440 Fractional Laser, Syneron Sublime Elos Technology, Dermaplaining, Chemical Peels, Microdermabrasion, Syneron e-Matrix RF Technology and other lasers to stop the acne at the core; the underlying cells in the epidermis.
These lasers produce cause a significant reduction in the level of inflammation in the lesions. The laser uses heat and light to destroy the acne, causing bacteria to shrink the gland and eliminate bacteria in the skin. This may cause an initial breakout, but acne will begin disappearing from the inside out within a few weeks.
The goal of the treatment is aimed at reducing the level of the bacterial population in the lesion providing a healthy environment for healing. Dieting and other factors also need to be addressed along with multiple laser treatments with preservation depending on patients needs.
|Medication||Duration of Impact||Major Challenges|
Over the Counter, OTC's
zit creams, Panoxyl, Stridex, Rodan, and Fields
6 - 10 weeks
6 - 10 weeks
May promote bacterial resistance. Yeast infections and reduction in the potency of birth control pills in women. Percentage of Americans are growing antibiotic-resistant. Many patients oppose these systemic treatments.
Accutane, Renova, Retin-A, Tazorac, Differin, etc...
Teratogenic, Inflammatory bowel disease, excessive dryness, and chapped lips, etc. Negative social public situations can cause depression (Accutane)
Please Review – Patients please review our Sun sensitive Meds List to determine if and when laser treatments are best for you.
Sun Exposure Concerns:
Remember – Redness may turn brown if exposed to the sun! Please stay out of direct sunlight for 2 weeks before and after treatment and avoid sun exposure to the treated area for 4 to 6 weeks before treatment. You must apply sunblock daily to treated areas, especially facial areas with a broad spectrum minimum SPF 30+ after treatment, reapply every 2-3 hours. Avoid tanning before+after sessions, may inhibit melanin regeneration, which may result in hyperpigmentation (white spots) or other side effects.
Differences between Light-Based Acne Treatments
ALA + Blue Light (412 nm)
VISIBLE LIGHT 532 nm
INFRARED AND NEAR
INFRARED 1450 nm
BROADBAND LIGHT / IPLS
Surgical scar removal procedures are painful, invasive and have a chance for complications.
- FDA cleared and effective on a wide range and severity of acne for all skin types
- Mild to moderate inflammatory acne (acne vulgaris)
- Comedonal acne, hormonal acne, pimples on scalp,
- Pustular acne, Murad acne
Most Effective on Severe Acne
- Noticeable improvement after the first treatment
- Dramatic results post third treatment
Additional Benefits of Treatment
- Clearance of post-inflammatory sequelae of acne
- Visible reduction in pore size
- Improvement in skin texture
|Types of Breakouts|
Whiteheads - Stay underneath the skin and are small, white blemishes.
Blackheads - These are noticeable black blemishes that appear on the skin’s surface.
Nodules - Large pimples stem deep inside of the skin and are usually painful.
Papules - Small, pink bumps that are visible on the skin’s surface.
Cysts - Filled with pus, visible on the surface and can be painful. Cysts can cause acne scars.
Pustules - Red at the base and filled with pus.