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Active Acne Breakouts is 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
American spend 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

Important Information about Acne Treatments:
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 lets 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.

 

Ematrix Sublative Radio Frequency MachineThere 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 Intense Pulsed Light Treatments (IPL) Fotofacials, Palomar 1540 & 1440 Fractional Laser, Cynosure Picosure Focus Lens Array, Syneron Sublime Elos Technology, Microdermabrasion, Chemical Peels, Syneron e-Matrix RF Technology and other lasers to stop the acne at the core; the cell.
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These lasers produce cause a significant reduction of 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 bacterial population in the lesion providing a healthy environment for healing. Multiple treatments with the laser may be necessary, as well as maintenance treatments, depending upon individual needs. Dieting and other factors also need to be addressed along with treatments.

MedicationDuration of ImpactMajor Challenges
OTC’s

zit creams, differin, panoxyl, stridex, rodan and fields

6 – 10 weeks
  • Ineffective long term
  • Irritating to skin
  • Cause excessive dryness of skin
Antibiotics6 – 10 weeksMay promote bacterial resistance. Yeast infections and reduction in 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. Photo Sensitive Medication List

 

Sun Exposure Concerns:
Remember – Redness may turn brown if exposed to sun! Please stay out of direct sunlight for 2 weeks and sun exposure to the treated area for 1 to 2 months before treatment. You must apply sunblock daily to treated areas, especially facial areas with a broad spectrum minimum SPF 30 or higher after treatment, reapply every 2-3 hours. Tanning after treatment sessions may enhance melanin regeneration, which may result in hyper-pigmentation (white spots) or other side effects.Pre and Post Recommendation Icon

 

Differences between Light-Based Acne Treatments

Light SourceBenefitsConcerns
PHOTODYNAMIC THERAPY

ALA + Blue Light (412 nm)

  • Effective on some
  • Single treatment session
  • Usable on all skin types
  • Unpredictable outcomes
  • No Deep Extraction
  • Lengthy duration of impact
VISIBLE LIGHT 532 nm
  • Usable on Skin Type I-III skin
  • Only FDA cleared for mild to moderate inflammatory acne.
  • Unsafe on darker skin types
  • No effect on sebaceous gland
  • May requires cooling gels
  • Lengthy duration of impact
INFRARED AND NEAR

INFRARED 1450 nm

  • Usable on Skin Type I-V skin
  • Only FDA cleared for mild to moderate inflammatory acne.
  • High pain levels result in poor compliance, tolerance
  • Often requires cooling gels
  • Low effect on sebaceous gland
BROADBAND LIGHT / IPLS
  • Usable on Skin Type I-V skin
  • Only FDA cleared for mild to moderate inflammatory acne.
  • May need several treatments
  • No Deep Extractions
  • Lengthy duration of impact

Surgical scar removal procedures are painful, invasive and have a chance for complications.

Clinical Outcomes

  • 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

 male doctor speaking with female patient undergoing Clinical OutcomesMost Effective on Severe Acne

  • Noticeable improvement after 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

Acne Type White HeadWhiteheads – Stay underneath the skin and are small, white blemishes.Acne Type Black HeadBlackheads – These are noticeable black blemishes that appear on the skin’s surface.
Acne Type NobulesNodules – Large pimples stem deep inside of the skin and are usually painful.Acne Type PapulePapules – Small, pink bumps that are visible on the skin’s surface.
Acne Type CystsCysts – Filled with pus, visible on the surface and can be painful. Cysts can cause acne scars.Acne Type PustulesPustules – Red at the base and filled with pus.

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