Acne is a skin condition that can plague both teenagers and adults. Traditional methods and topical remedies may work for some people, but they don't necessarily work for everyone. For patients who see a dermatologist to treat their acne, there are some new methods being used to help give people clearer skin. Here are some of the approaches some dermatologists may take to help their patients who are coping with acne.
There are many prescription topical treatments available today that can help improve acne conditions, and some of them are more effective than others depending on the severity of the acne. These topical medications usually come in the form of a gel or cream, and some can cause the skin to become more irritated when exposed to UV rays and sunlight. Topical treatments tend to work for those who suffer from milder acne. With regular use, these treatments can give people some relief and show improvements in a few weeks to a few months when they're used as prescribed.
Laser treatment has long been performed on dermatology patients who want to remove their wrinkles, but it can also be helpful for acne patients as well. A process called photodynamic therapy involves the application of a prescription liquid directly to the acne. Then, a laser light is applied to help activate the medication, which can reduce the size and redness of the acne. The medication kills bacteria on the skin and helps reduce oil gland activity. Another laser related treatment known as Isolaz combines using a vacuum with a very bright light. The vacuum literally sucks the oil out of the pores, while the light works to destroy the bacteria.
The process of microdermabrasion involves applying tiny crystals to the skin that can help exfoliate it and remove the top layers, revealing the smoother skin beneath. This process should always be done by a professional who can prevent scarring in patients. Those with darker skin may not be good candidates for microdermabrasion because it can cause visible scarring. The tiny crystals act like sandpaper on the skin, and they remove the dead skin cells that can clog pores and cause acne to form. This process is also very helpful for patients who have acne scars, since it can help to remove the layers of skin where the scarring took place to reveal softer, smoother skin underneath.
If you are suffering from acne and would like to try a new treatment, be sure to consult a dermatologist like those at Sunflower Dermatology & Medical Day Spa.