Many people who experience massive acne breakouts often dream of having a clear, blemish free complexion. Adults, who thought they’d left acne behind in high school, end up frustrated due to the combination of acne and hyperpigmentated skin, and are often desperate for a solution beyond topical and oral medication.
All About Acne
Acne is a dermatologic condition that is characterized by the inflammation of the sebaceous or oil glands in the skin. It is also marked by pimples, whiteheads, blackheads and nodules. The problem occurs when the excess oil clogs the hair follicles, and this combines with dead skin cells, to create the ideal environment for the p. acnes bacteria that cause acne to flourish. Acne breakouts generally occur more frequently in women than in men and it affects close to 50 million people in the US. The condition is most often seen on the face. but can also pop up on the shoulders, back, chest and upper arms.
Acne very often flares up during adolescence and is linked to the hormone fluctuations that occur at that time. However, acne that shows up beyond the teen years can be triggered by several factors such as diet, rosacea, emotional stress and genetic factors can also play a role.
Acne And Hyperpigmented Skin
Hyperpigmented skin is simply skin that has areas of dark patches. These dark spots are the result of excess melanin (pigment) in the skin. For people with acne, these spots are often the result of the skin’s inflammatory process.
There are several treatment options available for acne with hyperpigmented skin.
Actinage Acne Peel
Actinage is a superficial chemical peel that contains salicylic, azelaic, and mandelic acids, as well as retinol. It is a very effective treatment for post inflammatory hyperpigmentation often associated with acne. Actinage is safe for use on all skin types and is typically applied in a series of 4-6 treatments that are spaced 2-3 weeks apart. The Actinage peel includes a system of products that patients can use at home, in order to enhance the benefits of the peel.
Photodynamic Therapy With AFT Intense Pulsed Light
Photodynamic Therapy (PDT) is another effective treatment for acne. It involves the use of light along with a photosensitizing agent known as Levulanic acid. The Levulan is applied to the skin and left there for up to 3 hours, during which time it is absorbed into the skin and sebaceous glands. The AFT intense pulsed light is then used on the skin for about 15-20 minutes. this activates the Levulanic acid, which destroys the acne bacteria and also helps to reduce the size of the oil glands. As a result of treatment there is less oil on the skin and also a reduction in inflammation, which will ultimately improve the skin’s appearance. PDT requires at least 3-5 treatments for best results and they are usually administered at 2-4 week intervals.
Microneedling is a skin rejuvenation treatment that is also known as collagen induction therapy (CIT). It involves the use of a microneedling device, which is used to create tiny puncture wounds in the dermal layer of the skin. These wounds stimulate the body’s natural healing process and also help to remodel collagen and elastin. Collagen growth revitalizes the skin, triggers the healing of scars and also improves skin tone and texture. Microneedling requires very little downtime and can get results after just one treatment.
Infini is an acne treatment that uses fractional radiofrequency technology. Infini delivers heat energy to the dermal layer of the skin, where it encourages collagen growth as well as skin tightening. Acne scars also respond, well to Infini. It is a virtually painless procedure with little or no downtime.
If you are looking for a way to crush those pesky acne breakouts, contact Wisconsin Vein Center & MediSpa, Pewaukee, WI, to learn more about the options we have available for treating acne. Call 262-746-9088 to set up a consultation with Dr. Deborah Manjoney.