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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, 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 as a result of Propionibacterium along with Staphylococcus aureus.

 

Ematrix Sublative Radio Frequency MachineThere are many different methods of management of acne. Several prescription and over the counter products provide varying degrees of clearance of lesions. We use the Intense Pulsed Light Treatments (IPL), Palomar 1540 & 1440 Fractional Laser, Cynosure Picosure, Focus Lens Array, Syneron Sublime Elos Technology, Syneron e-Matrix RF Technology, Microdermabrasions, Chemical Peels and other lasers to stop the acne at the core; the cell.

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These lasers produce 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 pull bacteria to the skin’s surface. This may cause 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.

 

 

Medication Duration of Impact Major Challenges
OTC’s 6 – 10 weeks
  • Ineffective
  • Irritating to skin
  • Cause excessive dryness of skin
Antibiotics 6 – 10 weeks May promote bacterial resistance. Yeast infections and reduction on potency of birth control pills in women. 50% of Americans are antibiotic resistant Growing % of patient base opposes systemic tx
Accutane, Renova, Retin-A, Tazorac, Differin, etc… Teratogenic Excessive dryness and chapped lips Inflammatory bowel disease etc. Negative media publicity 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.

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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 following treatment. You must apply sunblock daily to treated areas, especially facial areas with a broad spectrum minimum SPF 30 or higher for 2 months after treatment, reapply every 2-3 hours. Tanning after treatment sessions may en

Differences of Light Based Acne Treatments

Light Source Benefits Concerns
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

INFRA RED 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
  • Pustular 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 Head Whiteheads – Stay underneath the skin and are small, white blemishes. Acne Type Black Head Blackheads – These are noticeable black blemishes that appear on the skin’s surface.
Acne Type Nobules Nobules – Large pimples stem deep inside of the skin and are usually painful. Acne Type Papule Papules – Small, pink bumps that are visible on the skin’s surface.
Acne Type Cysts Cysts – Filled with pus, visible on the surface and can be painful. Cysts can cause acne scars. Acne Type Pustules Pustules – Red at the base and filled with pus.

Take the most important step in your skins recovery call Body Beautiful for a free consultation. 724-987-3221.

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