Acne affects up to 80% of teens and about 10% of adults. Whether it’s an occasional pimple or a daily struggle with break outs, the battle against acne can seem never ending.
Three primary factors contribute to the formation of acne:
- Irregular shedding of dead skin cells, causing irritation and blockage of hair follicles.
- Overproduction of oil (sebum), causing irritation of hair follicles.
- Buildup of normally recurring bacteria on the skin.
Acne occurs when the hair follicle becomes plugged with oil (sebum), dead skin cells and bacteria. Each follicle is connected to a Sebaceous gland which secretes oil to lubricate the hair and skin. Normally, oil is excreted onto the surface of the skin. However, with acne prone skin, an excessive amount of oil, dead skin cells and bacteria build up forming a plug in the follicle. This plug leads to whiteheads and blackheads. Inflammation that develops deep inside the hair follicle results in cysts. Severe acne can cause residual scars due to damaged skin.
Contrary to popular belief, acne is not caused by dietary factors or lack of hygiene. In fact, scrubbing or cleansing with harsh soaps can irritate the skin which can exasperate existing skin conditions.
There are three levels of acne:
Mild acne is the result of a bacterial infection that is close to the surface of the skin. This results in whiteheads and/or blackheads.
Moderate acne is the result of bacterial infection deeper in the pore. This results in papules or pustules, more commonly known as pimples or zits.
Severe acne occurs when the infection is very deep in the pore and results in Nodules and Cysts. Nodules are hard, painful bumps under the skins surface and left untreated they can flare up repeatedly. Cysts are similar to nodules, but they are generally larger lesions filled with pus and just like nodules can be painful and cause scarring.
The Cosmetic Enhancement Center of New England’s clinical team of physicians and aestheticians have specific training in innovative skin treatments and medical-grade skincare regimens.
During a complimentary consultation, our staff can assess your skin and determine an individualized treatment program to best meet your needs. These plans can include a strategic combination of facials, chemical peels, and skincare products from lines such as ZO Skin Health and Skinceuticals.
Although most cases of acne clear up without any lasting effects, some people are left with scarring and pitting. The more severe the acne, the more likely that scarring will occur. Picking and/or popping acne can increase the risk of scarring. Just like other types of scars, acne scarring is the result of a wound that has an abundance of collagen during the healing process.
For those who do suffer from acne scarring, the Cosmetic Enhancement Center of New England has several different types of treatments and procedures that can help you! The latest addition to our acne scarring treatment options is the eMatrix System with the Sublative Rejuvenation™ Treatment. The eMatrix uses bi-polar radio frequency energy to generate deep dermal impact which leads to the appearance of smoother skin.The eMatrix is FDA approved, and is safe and effective for all skin types.
Other treatment options include:
- Total FX Co2 Fractionated Laser
- V-Beam laser
Before acne scarring can be treated, active acne needs must be brought under control. Call us today and see how our team of experts can help you achieve healthy, beautiful skin!