Acne is a condition that many people associate with the teenage years. The hormonal changes that come about during that phase of life can lead to the production of excessive skin oil, which can, in turn, lead to the development of acne. However, acne can and does impact the lives of adults as well. If you are struggling with the blemishes that acne creates on your skin, you should try professional acne treatments. Doing so will not only help you to get a smoother skin quicker than you can on your own, but you may be able to avoid permanent scarring as well.
Acne can come in a variety of types. In addition, people often vary in how they are impacted by these types of acne. When you add to this the fact that it can be difficult for an untrained eye to distinguish between the kinds of acne that may be active, you should seek professional acne treatments as soon as you realize that your over-the-counter ointment is not working.
The most basic of the acne types is called comedonal acne. This is when things like blackheads appear. They usually develop because of a combination of excessive skin oil and clogged pores. The pores can be clogged by dead skin cells or other debris. The excess oil will then lead to the formation of blackheads if the pore is open to where the oil can be exposed to the air. If the oil is not exposed to air, white heads will form. White is the natural color of the oil. It appears black only after exposure to the air.
Acne can progress to the point that it causes inflammation to the skin. When it reaches this stage, the skin may turn red and start to itch or burn. Since this can be discomforting, professional acne treatments are the best way to find relief.
If the inflammatory acne leads to an infection, you can be at serious risk for permanent scarring. When these scars develop, they will not go away by themselves. They will require some form of skin rejuvenation therapy. Therefore, the best way to handle these scars is to never let them develop in the first place. This is the primary reason why you should let our professionals treat your acne. We will be able to tell if you are developing a type that can lead to scarring and can provide effective treatments before it is too late.
Many options are available when you rely on professional acne treatments. Sometimes, prescription medications will be the answer, especially if there is an active infection going on. We may also prescribe some topical ointments that will be more effective than what you can buy in the local grocery store.
Light therapy can also help with acne. Depending on the type of light used, it may kill the bacteria that are causing the acne. Other types will target deeper tissue. These treatments can help to reduce the size of the oil producing glands, thereby minimizing the amount of excessive oil that can be contributing to the problem. These are just a few examples of how professional acne treatments can benefit you.
When you come in for a consultation with us at Dermatology Laser Center & Medispa, Dr. Snyder will help you learn more about the professional acne treatments we have available and which treatment plan will work best for you. Contact our office in Owings Mills today to schedule your consultation and get started!