Find Reliable Acne Treatment at Dermatology Specialists of Charlotte
What is Acne?
Acne occurs when hair follicle pores are blocked by natural components of the skin. Once blocked, inflammation and bacteria overgrowth occur leading to red bumps and cysts in the skin. Sebaceous or sweat glands of the skin can contribute excessive amounts of sebum into the plugged follicle increasing inflammation. Hormones can also play a role. Most teenagers are affected to some degree. Adults, often, get it for the first time while others have suffered since their teenage years. It is not life-threatening, but it can cause physical disfigurement (scarring) and emotional distress if not treated early.
The Next Steps
Treatment for acne varies depending on which of the above factors is causing your acne. This is different for each person. On average, results are visible in six to eight weeks.
Broad Based Light (BBL™) has now proven to be helpful in the treatment of acne. In many cases, this offers an alternative to oral medications such as Accutane or long-term antibiotics. The shorter wavelengths of BBL™, in the blue-light spectrum, attack p-acne bacteria on the surface and in the sebaceous gland. Along with a home skincare program designed for acne-prone skin, you can experience significant long-term clearance.
Microdermabrasion and chemical peels offer ways to remove persistent and stubborn acne.
Rosacea is a chronic skin disease that causes redness and swelling on the face and also occasionally the scalp, neck, ears, chest, back and/or eyes. Symptoms range from red pimples, lines and visible blood vessels to dry or burning skin and a tendency to flush easily. You may also have sebaceous hyperplasia (small white or yellow bumps) and/or telangiectasias or redness as part of your rosacea.
The acne component is manageable with creams and/ or oral medications. Sebaceous hyperplasia is often minimized by the topical meds. If not, cosmetic treatments of electrocautery can reduce the size of the glands. Permanent fine red lines are best removed by laser. Avoid triggers that cause enlargement of the blood vessels including hot and spicy foods, hot beverages, heat, sun, etc.
It is not yet known what causes rosacea and the disease is not curable, although it can be managed in many ways, including topical and oral medications and laser surgery. Early detection and intervention are essential to minimize and control rosacea.
The Sciton BBL™ has proven to minimize rosacea by treating the underlying causative sun damage as well as shrinking the overactive sweat glands. In many cases, this offers an alternative to oral medications such as Accutane or long-term antibiotics. Along with a home skincare program designed for rosacea-prone skin, you can experience significant long-term clearance.