There was a time when acne was thought to be only a teen issue, but not anymore, because an increasing number of adults now have to deal with acne. Many teens and adults with acne have oily, sensitive skin that requires specialist treatment, as the skin disease does not respond to medications and other traditional solutions. But what is the best acne treatment for oily skin? Let’s take a look.
Acne is a skin disease that can be triggered by several factors including hormonal imbalances, stress, and diet. When acne flares up, it’s usually an indication that the sebaceous or oil glands are overactive and producing more oil than the face needs for normal lubrication.
The excess oil often sits on the surface of the skin, eventually combining with dead skin cells and other debris, to create a fertile environment for the p. acnes bacteria. The bacteria obstruct the sebaceous glands, and this leads to the inflammation of the skin, resulting in pimples.
Acne is characterized by pimples, pustules, and greasy skin. Pimples commonly show up on the face and chest, and also on the shoulders and back.
Many adults, especially women, who passed through the awkward teen years without being affected with acne, find themselves struggling with the condition in their 20s, 30s, and 40s. This is often referred to as ‘adult onset acne,’ and is most often the result of stress and hormonal fluctuations.
If you have acne breakouts, be sure to explore the various alternatives before settling on a treatment. This is important, because there are times when people make mistakes treating acne, and the condition ends up worse than before.
The most suitable treatment depends not only on your skin type and the underlying cause, but also on the severity of the acne. Treatment options that may work for milder forms of the condition, may not be as successful for someone with more acute symptoms. Also, be sure to check out any possible side effects of treatment.
Best Acne Treatment for Oily Skin
Photodynamic Therapy (PDT) with AFT Pulsed Light
PDT with AFT pulsed light treatment is one option that has been used successfully to treat acne in individuals with oily, sensitive skin. It involves the application of a photosensitizing agent such as Levulan to the skin. The agent is applied and left in place, so that it can be absorbed by the cells.
The AFT pulsed light is then used to activate the photosensitizing agent in the targeted cells, and this has the effect of destroying the acne-causing bacteria. PDT helps to control acne because it shrinks the sebaceous glands, and this reduces the amount of oil they can produce.
After PDT treatment the dead skin cells slowly peel away. Patients are generally advised to wear sun block, and avoid direct sunlight for at least 36 hours. This is because the skin is extremely sensitive at this time. Peeling may last up to 10 days. When the process is complete, the skin will be fresher and younger in appearance.
PDT treatment is very effective for more resistant acne, and there are no significant side effects. It typically requires about 3-4 treatments for optimal results.
Actinage is a superficial chemical peel for acne that combines salicylic, azelaic, and mandelic acid, into a single treatment. It also contains retinol, a type of vitamin A that has proven to be very effective for unclogging pores. Actinage is considered a safe acne treatment for all skin types.
Actinage peels away dead skin cells, unclogs the pores, shrinks the sebaceous glands, and destroys the bacteria. It typically takes a series of 4 treatments spaced about 3-4 weeks apart, to gain optimal results with Actinage. However, this will vary according to the condition of your skin.
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