Acne is a powerful skin condition when you consider how much it can affect your confidence in your appearance. If you want to reclaim your self-esteem, there are a number of cosmetic treatments your dermatologist offers.
Facials are not just an indulgent, relaxing way to pamper yourself. Facials can also restore moisture to your skin, clean your pores, and improve oily skin.
Acne is caused by overactive sebaceous glands (oil-producing glands within your pores) that cause pores to become clogged and backed up. When pores are clogged, black or whiteheads can develop, resulting in acne. While a standard facial does clean your face and pores, dermatologists can offer a specialized facial to target your acne. Facials can work to keep your pores clean and your acne at bay, but they can also take time. If you want a facial for the sake of expressing your acne and clearing your pores, get one without the massage and your skin will feel fresh in less time.
Chemical peels are used to treat a number of facial skin conditions, such as wrinkles or fine lines. But with the right substance, a chemical peal can make short work of treating your acne. A chemical peel uses acidic chemicals to kill outer, superficial layers of skin on the face. When these layers slough off in the coming days and weeks, fresh and healthy new skin grows in its place. This can help with many skin imperfections.
People with acne are good candidates for salicylic acid peels. Salicylic acid is the best substance to clear up your acne because it’s not too strong. There are three levels of chemical appeals and the salicylic acid chemical peel is a light depth option. This means the after-effects of this chemical peel are shorter lived, meaning that sunburned, dry, and flaky skin won’t last long. These are not side effects, as your skin peeling and flaking is the desired result. When new skin grows, the pores that appear are clearer and less oily.
Phototherapy (or light therapy) is most commonly associated with laser technology, but lasers are not often used to treat acne. There are a lot of other ways that light can be used, and it doesn’t all look space-age. But laser therapy can work on acne scars, so keep it on your radar.
A type of phototherapy called high frequency light therapy uses a glass electrode to treat acne. The glass electrode looks a lot like a plasma ball toy and works by creating a spark-like effect on your skin. These sparks have a germicidal quality that actually disinfects acne and pores. It can stop acne from developing or kill the bacteria in already clogged pores. Additionally, inflammation and redness around the site are reduced quickly when high frequency is applied correctly. There are at-home products you can find online that promise to treat your acne with high frequency, but it’s not something you should do on your own. While high frequency light therapy is safe, it can cause discomfort or burns in inexperienced hands. The at-home technologies are also much cheaper and often very inefficient. Your dermatologist’s experience and advanced technology enable them to better treat your acne. It’s not a permanent solution, but it doesn’t cause much irritation and can be performed quickly a few days before an important event, like prom night or a photography session.
If you’re looking to reduce your acne quickly, and don’t want to try medication, there are many cosmetic options for temporary relief. Reach out to a skilled New England dermatologist today, and say goodbye to acne anxiety.