WHAT CAUSES ACNE AND HOW TO TREAT IT?
Acne appears when a pore in our skin clogs. This clog begins with dead skin cells. Normally, dead skin cells rise to the surface of the pore, and the body sheds the cells. When the body starts to make lots of sebum (see-bum), oil that keeps our skin from drying out, the dead skin cells can stick together inside the pore. Instead of rising to the surface, the cells become trapped inside the pore.
Sometimes bacteria that live on our skin, p. acnes, also get inside the clogged pore. Inside the pore, the bacteria have a perfect environment for multiplying very quickly. With loads of bacteria inside, the pore becomes inflamed (red and swollen). If the inflammation goes deep into the skin, an acne cyst or nodule.
If you have a lot of acne, cysts, or nodules, a medicine that you can buy without a prescription may not work. If you want to see clearer skin, you should see a doctor. Doctors can offer the following types of treatment:
Acne treatment that you apply to the skin:
Most acne treatments are applied to the skin. This is called topical treatment. There are many topical acne treatments. Some topicals help kill the bacteria. Others work on reducing the oil. The topical medicine may contain a retinoid, prescription-strength benzoyl peroxide, antibiotic, or even salicylic acid. Your doctor will determine what you need.
Procedures that treat acne: Your doctor may treat your acne with a procedure that can be performed at the clinic. These treatments include:
Lasers and other light therapies: These devices reduce the p. acnes bacteria.
Chemical peels: You cannot buy the chemical peels that doctors use. Doctors use chemical peels to treat 2 types of acne — blackheads and papules.
Acne removal: Your doctor 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 have to get rid of a cyst quickly, your doctor may inject the cyst with medicine.
ACNE MANAGEMENT with No Oral Medication
There are many effective acne treatments. This does not mean that every acne treatment works for everyone who has acne. But it does mean that virtually every case of acne can be controlled. Oral medication for acne can be long term and may have side effects that many people do not want. Many people can treat mild acne with products that you can buy without a prescription. A product containing benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid often clears the skin. This does not mean that the acne will clear overnight. At-home treatment requires 4-8 weeks to see improvement. Once acne clears, you must continue to treat the skin to prevent breakouts.
Let Us Help You
It is possible to treat acne without oral medication. Usually, acne management will include assessment of different skin types, skincare and daily activities. The use of light and lasers help improve acne without the use of oral medication. NeuGlow provides treatments and acne management to treat your face and achieve that smooth, healthy skin you always wish for.