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Acne Treatment

What is acne?

Acne is a disease that affects the skin’s oil glands. The small holes in your skin (pores) connect to oil glands under the skin. These glands make an oily substance called sebum. The pores connect to the glands by a canal called a follicle. Inside the follicles, oil carries dead skin cells to the surface of the skin. A thin hair also grows through the follicle and out to the skin. When the follicle of a skin gland clogs up, a pimple grows.

Most pimples are found on the face, neck, back, chest, and shoulders. Acne is not a serious health threat, but it can cause scars.

Who gets acne?

Acne is the most common skin disease.People of all races and ages get acne. But it is most common in teenagers and young adults. An estimated 80 percent of all people between the ages of 11 and 30 have acne outbreaks at some point. Some people in their forties and fifties still get acne.

What causes acne?

No one factor causes acne. Acne happens when sebaceous(oil) glands attached to the hair follicles are stimulated at the time of puberty by elevated levels of male hormones. Sebum (oil) is a natural substance which lubricates and protects the skin. Associated with increased oil production is a change in the manner in which the skin cells mature so that they are predisposed to clog the follicular openings or pores.The clogged hair follicle gradually enlarges, producing a bump. As the follicle enlarges, the wall may rupture, allowing irritating substances and normal skin bacteria access into the deeper layers of the skin, ultimately producing inflammation.

Inflammation near the skin's surface produces a pustule;deeper inflammation results in a papule (pimple); deeper still and it's a cyst.If the oil breaks though to the surface, the result is a "whitehead."If the oil accumulates melanin pigment or becomes oxidized, the oil changes from white to black, and the result is a"blackhead." Blackheads are therefore not dirt and do not reflect poor hygiene.

Blackheads and whiteheads

Blackheads and whiteheads are pores that fill with too much oil and dead skin cells. When a blackhead forms, the pore remains open. A whitehead causes a closed pore.

Blackheads and pimples

Blackheads are pores that fill with oil and dead skin cells.

Acne nodules

Acne nodules are large, hard bumps under the surface of the skin. When a nodule heals, it leaves an acne scar.

Acne cyst

An acne cyst forms when the pore fills with dead skin cells, oil, and bacteria. A cyst goes deep into the skin and can hurt.

Papules

Papules feel hard.When many appear, as they did on this woman’s forehead, the skin can feel like sandpaper.

Acne signs

Many people think that acne is just pimples. But a person who has acne can have any of these blemishes:

·       Blackheads.

·       Whiteheads.

·       Papules.

·       Pustules (what many people call pimples).

·       Cysts.

·       Nodules.

Acne appears on the face in all of the photographs above,but it can appear on other areas of the body. Acne can appear on the back,chest, neck, shoulders, upper arms and buttocks.

Procedures that treat acne

Your dermatologist may treat your acne with a procedure that can be performed during an office visit. These treatments include:

·       Lasers and other light therapies: These devices reduce the p.acnes bacteria. Your dermatologist can determine whether this type of treatment can be helpful.

·       Chemical peels: You cannot buy the chemical peels that dermatologists use. Dermatologists use chemical peels to treat 2 types of acne— blackheads and papules.

·       Acne removal: Your dermatologist may perform a procedure called “drainage and extraction” to remove a large acne cyst. This procedure helps when the cyst does not respond to medicine. It also helps ease the pain and the chance that the cyst will leave a scar. If you absolutely have to get rid of a cyst quickly, your dermatologist may inject the cyst with medicine.

Tip for Management

You can reduce your acne by following these skin care tips from dermatologists.

1.    Wash twice a day and after sweating. Perspiration, especially when wearing a hat or helmet, can make acne worse, so wash your skin as soon as possible after sweating.

2.    Use your fingertips to apply a gentle, non-abrasive cleanser. Using a washcloth, mesh sponge or anything else can irritate the skin.

3.    Be gentle with your skin. Use gentle products, such as those that are alcohol-free. Do not use products that irritate your skin, which may include astringents, toners and exfoliants. Dry, red skin makes acne appear worse.

4.    Scrubbing your skin can make acne worse. Avoid the temptation to scrub your skin.

5.    Rinse with luke warm water.

6.    Shampoo regularly. If you have oily hair, shampoo daily.

7.    Let your skin heal naturally. If you pick, pop or squeeze your acne, your skin will take longer to clear and you increase the risk of getting acne scars.

8.    Keep your hands off your face. Touching your skin throughout the day can cause flare-ups.

9.    Stay out of the sun and tanning beds. Tanning damages you skin. In addition, some acne medications make the skin very sensitive to ultraviolet(UV) light, which you get from both the sun and indoor tanning devices.

-->  Using tanning beds increases your risk for melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, by 75 percent.

     Orient Skincare & Laser Center uses the latest generation of IP - ELOS™  Laser, which treats acne and the wide pores caused by over developed sebaceous gland, basically and effectively.
     ELOS™ refers to the process of combining IPL or intense pulsed light with bi-polar RF or radio frequency to produce better safer acne skin care treatment results. The combined bi-polar radio frequency and blue light energies of ELOS™ penetrate skin to precisely target and destroy active-acne causing bacteria (P.acne), while also slowing excessive sebaceous oil production.
       

     

        During the treatment process, we also use the combination therapy of vitamin and essential minerals to penetrate into the surface of the skin. This will help to accelerate the regeneration process of new skin cells and fade away bruises and red scars.

         The methods used at Orient including:

•    Ionto (deliver vitamin directly into skin by electric current)
•    Phono (deliver vitamin directly into skin by ultrasound wave)
•    Micro (super-abrasive machine clean dead skin cells)
•    Meso (deliver vitamin directly into skin by dedicated injection needle)
•    Masks


1. Does it matter what skin type I am in order to be treated for acne with ELOS™?
No. ELOS™ IPL acne skin treatment is an effective and safe treatment for all skin types.

2. How many acne skin care treatments do I need to have prior to seeing results?
The number of IPL acne treatments will depend on the severity of your acne. During your initial consultation with our skin specialist, the number of treatments will be suggested to you depending on the severity of your acne.

3. Does IPL acne skin treatment with ELOS™ hurt?

IPL Acne treatment with ELOS™ is a very safe and comfortable treatment. It requires no topical anesthetic and has no downtime.Cooling of the skin surface by applying a soft gel and using a cooling device will help ensure additional comfort and safety during the treatment. After your IPL acne treatment, most patients can return to their normal activities with the use of SPF35 or higher sun protection lotion.

4. Who will perform the IPL acne skin treatment on me?

You will be treated by a certified registered doctor who has been trained on the use of the IPL device.

5. How much does your IPL acne skin treatment cost?

Treatment cost varies depending on the area being treated.The cost and number of treatments will be discussed with you during your initial complimentary consult.

6. How much time does it take to see the result?

Some people might get instant result in just one treatment.But to get a prominent result, acne treatment requires continuous treatments in a prolonged period. This will be advised with our doctors depending on individual’s case.

7. Is there any regulations about the age allowed to use Laser beam to treat acne?

There is no regulation. The treatment is suitable for all ages. Seek more detailed advice from Orient Clinic.