Acne is one of the most commonly experienced skin conditions among people. Even after the blemishes have diminished, many people are left with side effects like scarring and discolouration. While uneven skin texture and pigmentation changes may lessen with time, many people are unhappy with the long-lasting changes caused by acne that may ultimately distract from their appearance.
At Afterglow Physician Directed Medical Aesthetics, Dr. Shehla Ebrahim works closely with patients to determine the best course of treatment for their unique needs. We encourage anyone suffering from acne concerns to contact us to set up their consultation, where they can learn about the many treatment options available to help them achieve the beautiful, glowing skin they desire.
What Afterglow Can Do for Your Acne
Your acne will be evaluated by Dr. Shehla Ebrahim, who will then recommend an individualized regimen involving a treatment or combination of treatments. There are a variety of treatments for controlling moderate acne, including creams, washes, and medications. If your moderate case of acne is not responding to medications, or other conventional treatments, options for treatment may include:
Blue Light Therapy for Acne
Blue light therapy is a non-invasive therapy during which patients are exposed to a light source (high-intensity, narrow band blue-light) in order to treat mild to moderate acne. Blue-light does not contain ultraviolet light, is extremely safe and affects problematic areas only, and is a natural treatment choice as well as a painless one.
Photodynamic Therapy (PDT) for Acne
PDT is a non-invasive treatment combining light and a special light-activated solution. The procedure involves applying the light activated solution to the area to be treated. The solution causes the skin to become more receptive to the light therapy. A specific wavelength light is used to activate the solution. Targeted cells are destroyed as well as acne activity.
Silk Peel™ Microdermabrasion
Afterglow’s Microdermabrasion with Silk Peel™ Infusion is a non-invasive technique that works on the top layer of the skin (the epidermis). The procedure exfoliates the skin by essentially removing dead skin cells, clearing clogged pores of oil and dirt, and killing bacteria.
A skin care regimen will be recommended by the physician (most likely as part of a comprehensive skincare protocol) in combination with other treatments.
What Afterglow Can Do for Your Acne Scars
Laser Skin Resurfacing
A laser skin peel can significantly minimize the appearance of scars by stimulating the regeneration of your cells for a smoother skin texture and healthier-looking complexion.
The ProFractional™ laser resurfacing technology can improve the effects of acne scarring as well as discolouration by stimulating collagen production and healing the damaged cells caused by acne.
IPL (Intense Pulsed Light)
IPL is a non-invasive treatment method that exfoliates the damaged skin tissue and stimulates collagen growth, typically resulting in improved texture and a more even skin tone.
In addition to their anti-aging benefits, dermal fillers can be used to treat the appearance of acne scars when they are administered into trouble areas. This option can ultimately provide a smoother skin surface.
A proper skincare regimen can combine the most beneficial over-the-counter and prescription products to improve the discolouration caused by acne marks.
FAQs About Acne Treatment
Acne is one of the most common skin conditions. To help patients get the information they need to effectively treat blemishes, our medical team has provided answers to some frequently asked questions (FAQs) about this concern. If you have another inquiry not addressed here, or if you would like to schedule a consultation, please reach out to our office.
What are the different types of acne?
A wide variety of acne types exist, and it is possible to have more than one kind at a time. Blemishes are often categorized by their shape, severity, and cause. Some examples include:
- Acne vulgaris – the most common form of acne
- Acne conglobata – a severe form of acne lesion that can be painful and cause scarring
- Acne pustule – recognizable by a whitehead and red, irritated skin surrounding it
- Acne papules – small red or pink blemishes without a whitehead
- Acne rosacea – inflammation and pimples associated with the skin condition rosacea
These types of acne can occur on the face or the body, although vulgaris and pustules are the most commonly occurring below the chin. In addition, there are also blackheads and other forms of acne, and a one-on-one consultation with our physicians can help you determine the exact nature of your breakout.
What causes acne and acne scars?
Acne develops when pores are blocked by bacteria and natural fluids found under the skin. Genetics, hormone fluctuations, certain types of medication (like birth control pills), some types of makeup, diet, and stress can all contribute to acne formation. If the acne leads to tissue damage then a scar can form. Scars lack collagen and elasticity, which make them appear different from other skin. Scars are part of the natural healing process the body goes through and may only last a year or less. After a year, a scar is considered permanent and may require different treatment to address.
What are some common myths about acne?
Eating chocolate or greasy food is not associated with acne formation; however, diet does play an important role. Consuming healthy foods, including healthy fats from dairy and fish, and avoiding complex or refined carbohydrates and sugar, can be beneficial for skin. Acne is also not just for teenagers. Acne can begin in children as young as nine and continue well into adulthood. Many mothers-to-be experience breakouts during pregnancy. And while you should keep your skin clean, acne is not caused by “dirty” skin, as the bacteria that causes acne is naturally found there. Genetics and hormones have far more influence on your skin health than hygiene.
Do you treat body acne differently than facial acne?
Body acne can require oral medication to help treat it. Some topical medications are not appropriate to apply to large areas of the body as they would be used on the face. Dr. Ebrahim may prescribe antibiotics to help clear chest and back acne in certain patients. She will discuss this option with you during your initial consultation.
How do you choose the right treatment?
Every person’s anatomic characteristics and cosmetic goals are unique. The type and severity of acne, the quality of the skin, and age of the patient are just some of the factors that go into determining the appropriate treatment.