Acne and Acne Scars can be Skin Confidence Killers
The infections in males are usually more severe compared to females, although the situation exacerbate in females a week before the menstrual cycle.
And despite up to 90% of teens experiencing acne, not everyone who has acne has it really badly.
But even what starts out as minor acne can potentially become more severe and inflamed without proper at-home or in-clinic care protocols (so don’t squeeze your pimples and ask a Clinician how to best look after your skin without falling for false advertising of products that have not actually been scientifically proven to work for treating acne).
In females, sometimes women who don’t get acne in their adolescence, end up getting it in their 20’s and 30’s (sometimes related to pregnancy or other hormonal changes).
Speaking with Dermal Clinicians Sarah and Hayley, we learn that this group of acne patients “present with papules and nodules and are more painful and lasts a long time, often developing in the lower third of the face and neck.”
- All types of acne lesions have the ability to produce inflammation and can sometimes leave darker skin types hyper-pigmented.
- This can continue after the infection has resolved for several months or permanent scarring may also occur.
Acne, Social Interactions and Mental Health
Having severe acne or residual acne scarring may have a negative impact on ones self esteem and confidence. With self-esteem or mental health challenges impacting as many as 50% of teenagers suffering from severe acne, it is likely a wise choice to NOT ignore the development of acne and to seek professional skin consultation advice to determine the most successful approach to treating acne.
Ideally, you should start early treatments to prevent complications and minimise scarring whenever possible. That noted, there is a lot that we can do with post-acne years scars (such as DOT Therapy or Fraxel for certain types of skin).
Treatment methods for acne
Some of the best approaches to treating acne might include:
- Proper cleaning in the morning and at night before applying of the recommended creams (some medical-grade or prescription strength)
- Never using ordinary soaps and detergents and avoiding some oil-based products that increase inflammation or might clog pores
- Use of Salicylic acid compounds, Azelaic acid and peroxide that have a counter effect on bacteria and inflammation.
- Usage of topical antibiotics.
- Chemical peels, one of modern processors that work on the treatment of acne and the renewal of the layers of the skin
- Other peels or Light Based Treatments such as Healite II (Low Level Light Therapy)
- Medications (if you are tempted to go this route be sure you know the extremely high risks to your health and organs as these medications have significant side effects and suspected links with suicidal ideation) – try professional skin care before moving in the diretion of pharmaceuticals due to the serious nature and potential harm to you health.
Treatment of Acne Scars
Scarring is the biggest problem faced by common acne sufferers which can cause negative psychological effects on the person’s confidence. Treatment depends mainly on laser devices based on the principle of fragmented light-based treatments. If you get acne scar treatments using a laser (DOT Therapy for instance, or Fraxel or a combination of a chemical peel or enzyme peel with light based treatments) – you’ll need to avoid sun exposure because of the potentially high risk of developing pigmentation issues.
Is the Fraxel good for Acne Scarring?
Fraxel 1550nm is a laser device that has been FDA approved to address scarring. It uses columns microscopic skin therapy that improves and strengthens the collagen and increases Elastin.
There is significant down time with a Fraxel treatment and best results for acne scarring occur after multiple treatments, to undertaking a laser based treatment route requires dedication, patience and a willingness to follow the post-treatment protocols precisely to avoid pigmentation issues. Results may be noticeable but you may still have some residual scars or indentations from acne; however, if you get several treatments (however many are recommended by your Dermal Clinician during your skin consultation as everyone’s needs are different) – you will see a smoother, fresher looking skin texture and reduces scar visibility.
Is DOT Therapy good for treating Acne Scarring?
Like the Fraxel, the DOT Therapy (SmartXide CO2 laser) is another great option for treating post-acne scars on the face or back or other areas of the body. It too requires avoidance of the sun and has a period of down time where your skin will be extremely red and flaky, and where you’ll need to moisturise regularly and use cool packs every hour or two for several days, as well as attend Healite II treatments to facilitate healing. But with 2 to 6 treatments spread about 4 to 6 weeks apart, depending on what your Dermal Clinician feels will be best for you, DOT Therapy can significantly reduce the appearance of acne scars.
Results can take from 3 to 6 months to appear and best results DO require repeated treatments, but patients often report this is well worth the time and discomfort to have smoother looking skin.
You don’t have to live with acne or with acne scars – we have extremely effective treatments for most patients, using a combination of at home care with cosmeceutical (medical-grade) skin care and in-clinic therapies including Healite II Low Level Light Therapy (LLLT), DOT Therapy (Laser), Fraxel Restore (Laser) and other types of peels (enzyme, chemical, Salicylic and more).
For further information on Acne Treatments (active acne) or for Fraxel laser treatments or DOT Therapy treatments to help reduce your post-acne scarring, call our Dermal Clinicians (03) 8849 1444.