So you have been diligent about using your acne creams but are still having significant breakouts – what next?

Often additional measures are needed to get the best results. Acne facials are not just a luxury – they are frequently essential to clear clogged pores or blackheads known medically as comedomes. Chemical peels can penetrate clogged pores and along with gentle steaming, can be combined with extractions where gentle pressure is used to remove the material from the clogged pore or comedome. A series of 3 -6 peels and extractions as well as occasional maintenance facials is needed for best results.

Home products can also help achieve better results in your acne. Alpha –hydroxy and exfoliating cleansers can help reduce comedomes and freshen skin. Dual-action Acne Wash and Skin Ceuticals Clarifying Cleanser are good choices. Acne treatment pads containing glycolic and salicylic acid are a great way to clean and exfoliate skin before or after sports practice or workouts – or to use during the day as needed to reduce oil buildup. Skin Ceuticals Clarifying Clay Mask is a great home treatment that can penetrate pores, reduce flaky skin and help maintain results achieved from acne facials.

Laser and light treatments can be particularly effective in acne with lots of pustules, knots and cysts. Blue light treatment (http://www.dusapharma.com/blu-u.html) is a quick, easy and painless treatment to reduce acne causing bacteria. Oral antibiotics are associated with side effects including sun sensitivity, rash, nausea and dizziness and long term use has potential concerns about drug resistance and inflammatory bowel disease, so reducing bacteria with a light rather than a pill is ideal. Blue light for bacterial reduction can be combined with acne facial for the clogged pores.

Blue light can be combined with levulinic acid in a procedure called photodynamic therapy. Levulinic acid is appliled to the skin. It is more readily absorbed by overactive oil glands and red acne bumps. The chemical is then activated by the blue light and a final pass with the Vbeam pulsed dye laser is done for further activation as well as reduction of redness associated with acne lesions. Typically 3-4 treatments are needed spaced about 3 weeks apart. You can see a video of the procedure at: http://www.youtube.com/user/stilettodoc#p/a/u/0/iUQ9tOuVIhM.

Smoothbeam laser treatments target the oil glands that cause acne thus reducing acne lesions and oiliness. The Smoothbeam laser is also great for acne scars. A series of 3-6 treatments is needed for acne and more for acne scars. There is absolutely no downtime but a topical numbing cream must be used before the treatment.

All of the above treatments may be combined for best results depending on the severity of your acne and all should be combined with regular use of prescribed topical products. Ask us how you can get better control of your acne today!

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