Acne is very common; 80 percent of individuals will suffer from this condition in their lifetime. Acne is very costly to treat, embarrassing and frustrating. For that reason, often an individual will become socially withdrawn and depressed. The cause can be attributed to genetic disposition and environmental factors, yet it has also been linked to dietary factors and stress. Most often numerous OTC (over the counter) medications have proved futile. Severe cases may require antibiotics and still prove difficult to control.
There are basically two types of acne.
Acne Vulgaris: Presents as swelling, pustules discoloration. This is due to clogged hair follicles with dead skin and sebum leading to bacterial infection with redness, black heads, swelling and pustules.
Acne Rosacea: Presents as redness, may have small veins and tiny pustules if infection occurs. It is most often due to environmental conditions, such as sun exposure.
Treatment here at Shores Aesthetics is aimed at the cause; utilizing our Acne Protocol.
Unclogging the pores / hair follicle.
- We use a facial peel to remove the dead skin helping to unclog the pores and hair follicle.
- We use a painless VI peel with minimal down time – one to two days.
- Two to three weeks later we follow with facial steamer with ozone, vacuum and high frequency stimulation. This also opens the pores and hair follicle, ozone increases oxygen to the infected areas thus killing the anaerobic bacteria causing the acne. The vacuum removes the dead skin and bacteria clogging the pores and hair follicles. The galvanic stimulation helps to increase the blood supply to the areas and tighten the skin helping to improve the color and texture of the skin.
- Laser Genesis treatment follows two weeks later to again increase blood supply to the area and promote collagen production, thus tightening and regenerating the new skin.
For Acne Rosacea, the treatment is similar, but we follow with IPL treatment instead of the Genesis treatment. The IPL will decrease the redness and small vessels, which helps to tighten the skin and improve the color. The IPL (intense pulse light) will also help to kill bacteria.
Proper diet low on the glycemic index, low dairy content and high in leafy vegetables has been found to help reduce the acne out breaks. Reducing stress is also very important.
Advice on over the counter creams, Benzyl peroxide, etc. is given.
Call or visit us to see what life without acne is like.