KISS ACNE GOODBYE!
What is acne?
According to the American Academy of Dermatology, acne is the most common skin condition in the United States. Your skin has little holes called pores, which can become blocked by oil, bacteria, dead skin cells, and dirt. When this occurs, you may develop a pimple. Acne usually appears on your face, neck, chest, back and shoulders. Acne is most common among teenagers, affecting over 70% of individuals. Depending on its severity, acne can cause emotional distress and scar the skin. Although acne isn’t a life-threatening condition, it can be painful, particularly when it’s severe.
CAUSES OF ACNE
What causes acne?
Acne appears when a pore in our skin clogs. This clog begins with dead skin cells. Normally, dead skin cells rise to surface of the pore, and the body sheds the cells. When the body starts to make lots of sebum (oil that keeps our skin from drying out), the dead skin cells can stick together inside the pore. Instead of rising to the surface, the cells become trapped inside the pore. Sometimes bacteria that live on our skin, p. acnes, also get inside the clogged pore. Inside the pore, the bacteria have a perfect environment for multiplying very quickly. When lots of bacteria get inside the pore, it becomes inflamed, red, and swollen. If the inflammation goes deep into the skin, an acne cyst or nodule appears. Experts know that there are many factors that can contribute to acne, but there are certain factors might cause it to become worse at certain times, including:
- The hormone increase in teenage years
- Hormone changes during pregnancy
- Starting or stopping birth control pills
- Heredity (if your parents had acne, you might get it, too)
- Some types of medicine
- Greasy makeups
ADULT ACNE & SCARRING
Acne is not just a teen's disease. Many adults well into their 30's, 40's and even 50's still suffer from outbreaks. It is never a good idea to "wait" for acne to go away. In some instances irreversible scarring takes place which becomes costly to even improve.
MYTHS ABOUT ACNE
Acne is caused by poor hygiene - Not so. Keeping your skin clean is of course important, but overly vigorous washing will only cause more oil production and aggravate your condition.
Acne is caused by stress - Not so. But stress can definitely worsen acne.
Acne is cause by diet - There's no evidence to prove any correlation between diet and acne. However, there has been some speculation that removing dairy products from your diet makes a difference.
Acne is just cosmetic and therefore not serious - Anyone with acne knows this is not so. The emotional impact is very serious. Acne scars are a result of skin damage.
Acne will go away on it's own - Acne can be cleared. Delaying or ignoring treatment options can cause permanent skin damage and prolonged psychological suffering.
LET US HELP YOU KISS ACNE GOODBYE ONCE AND FOR ALL!
WE OFFER MULTIPLE OPTIONS TO HELP GET RID OF ACNE
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Microneedling With SKINPEN
The SkinPen Precision system is the only Class II, FDA cleared microneedling device legally marketing in the U.S.
The SkinPen microneedling device causes controlled micro-injuries that stimulate the body’s natural wound healing process. The micro-injuries trigger the release of cytokines and growth factors that lead to remodeling of collagen and elastin.
THERE ARE THREE PHASES TO THE WOUND REPAIR PROCESS:
Phase I: Inflammation. Piercing the skin triggers your immune system to disinfect the wounds, remove debris, increase blood flow and begin to create new tissue.
Phase II: Proliferation. The wound is re-built with new granulation cells, as well as a temporary (type III) collagen and elastin, which are part of the extracellular matrix. Additionally, a new network of blood vessels develops.
Phase III: Remodeling. The wound has been replaced with new dermal tissues and blood vessels. The type III collagen in the newly formed tissue is replaced with stronger type I collagen, which can contract to create a tightening or “shrink wrap” effect on the skin.
Here’s what you can expect from a SkinPen treatment:
- A plan for optimal results. Your physician may recommend a course of procedures based on your individual goals. Maintenance of your procedure might require multiple treatments.
- A comfortable procedure. Based on your needs, your physician will likely apply a topical numbing agent to the treatment area.
- A short procedure time. The treatment will likely take 30 minutes to one hour.
- A mild sensation. Most patients report feeling only the slight vibration of SkinPen during the procedure.
- Minimal post-procedure effects. The skin will appear slightly pink to red immediately post-procedure, similar to a mild to moderate sunburn. Additionally, the most common treatment responses experienced were dryness, rough skin, tightness, redness, itching, peeling, discomfort, tenderness, and burning. These conditions resolved over time without any further complications. Please see patient labeling for detailed safety information.
- Soothing aftercare. Your clinician will provide Skinfuse® LIFT, a clean, non-cytotoxic hydrogel used to prevent the skin from drying out post-treatment.
An effective post-procedure protocol. Your provider might recommend an aftercare regimen. Ask about Skinfuse, Bellus Medical’s 90-day protocol specifically formulated to support your skin following microneedling.