Acne and Scarring
With Dr. Pimple Popper and other satisfying pimple popping and blackhead extraction videos surfacing on social media, resisting the urge to pick and prod at your skin to remove any imperfections can be difficult. However, there are a number of reasons why you should try your best to avoid it altogether and leave the dirty work for your dermatologist or aesthetic physician.
Acne is an extremely common skin condition caused by skin clogged with excess oil and dead skin cells along with changes in hormones and stress. While many view acne as a problem faced only by adolescents, acne often follows people into adulthood.
If you are unable to avoid the urge to pick at your acne, there is a good chance you will experience some level of scarring. These scars create darker and redder skin in areas of the face known as post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation or erythema.
The longer these scars stay on your face without any treatment to correct them, the harder it becomes to remove them later on in life so think twice the next time you reach to pop a pesky pimple in the middle of your forehead.
How can I get rid of scarring and control acne?
Acne and scarring can take a huge toll on your self-confidence or potentially make you feel the need to hide the scarring behind heavy makeup. Thankfully, there are some treatment options to get you back to feeling and looking your best. And in the case of acne scarring, the sooner the better to help prevent permanent scarring.
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I will help you navigate which treatment solution will be the best fit for you. Starting with concierge consultations, where I provide prescriptive options and topical treatments that will not only reduce acne but restructure the skin so that it is less prone to future break-outs. Some of the available treatments include Medical Peels, NeoClear Aerolase laser, HydraFacials, non-ablative fractional lasers, ablative fractional lasers, and RF Microneedling.
Chemical peels are a popular choice for anyone looking for a total skin refresh. In addition to minimizing the signs of acne scarring, chemical peels help reduce pore size, wrinkles, and pigmentation damage. A medical-grade peel is designed to shed the skin’s outer layer and enhance cell turnover and is considered a suitable treatment for the majority of skin types. Results of the treatment can be seen in the face in as little as 7 days.
Designed specifically to treat severe acne, the NeoClear Aerolase is another great option for reducing the appearance of acne scarring. The powerful laser uses 650-microsecond technology to help eliminate major factors causing acne including excess sebum production, inflammation, and the p. acnes bacteria. It remodels deep cysts and scars while reducing the size of pores. The deep heating from the treatment also helps increase the skin’s radiance by rebuilding collagen in a painless and comfortable process. Patients can expect this treatment to last anywhere between 10-30 minutes with almost immediate results.
If you’re looking for some rejuvenation in addition to some help with scarring, a HydraFacial could be the perfect fit for you! In fact, it is my go to procedure for teens as it is non-invasive and works wonders in as few as three monthly treatments. Through some gentle exfoliation and resurfacing, HydraFacial treatments help in bringing out a better and brighter layer of skin. Starting with a cleanse and peel the treatment then moves to extract pores and hydrate ending with methods to fuse and protect the skin maximizing glow and targeting dermal building and acne. If you don’t believe how great it works, ask to see the contents of your pores in the collection canister following your treatment. HydraFacials pair well with all of our laser treatments.
The DEKA DOT fractional laser uses micro-ablative columns to enhance comfort throughout the experience although a topical anesthetic is needed prior to the treatment. A number of issues can be resolved with this skin tightening treatment including necklines, sunspots, uneven skin texture, and more. Recovery varies based on sun exposure and other factors and can take anywhere between two days and two weeks.
IPL and Fraxel improves a variety of aesthetic conditions, mainly conditions associated with aging. Pulses of energy are delivered to the skin to treat pigment and scarring. After a few sessions, you may notice drastic improvements to your overall skin tone and texture with far less downtime.
Another reasonably quick procedure is RF Microneedling, lasting around 30-40 minutes per treatment session (3-4 treatments are recommended for optimal results). This treatment works to correct a variety of skin imperfections including wrinkles, stretch marks, acne scars, dull skin, hyperhidrosis, and more. If you struggle with a large number of these issues, RF Microneedling could be the right fit for you.
See our link: Pimple Popping Problems: Here's How To Get Rid Of Your Acne Scarring
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