One of the most common skin concerns, acne, can affect people of all ages. It is an inflammatory condition characterized by skin eruptions around hair follicles. While more common in our teens and early 20′s, acne often presents itself in our later years as well. Hormonal changes and heredity are key factors in acne formation. Poor diet, hygiene and stress can aggravate the condition.
Acne is caused when the hair follicles (or pores) on the skin become plugged with oil and dead skin cells. This collection of trapped oil and dead skin cells (follicular plug) become a breeding ground for the bacteria that causes acne, Propionibacterium Acne or P. Acne. As the bacteria grows in the plug, infection and inflammation follow, causing acne outbreak.
Treatment Options Exist For All Types of Acne
There are different degrees of acne and today there are treatments that help all:
- Mild Acne – common whiteheads or blackheads that are common
- Moderate Acne – red, inflamed bumps ( papules or pimples) and red bumps with white centers (pustules
- Severe Acne – painful, pustular lumps called “nodules”
Acne is not just limited to the face. It often occurs on the back, chest, upper arms, neck and shoulders. Untreated acne may leave scars and hyperpigmentation (discolored skin). This is often referred to as PIH (or post-Inflammatory hyperpigmentation).
Worldwide, the bacterium associated with acne has become resistant to many of our topical acne medications and oral antibiotics. Controversy over Accutane has made acne treatment with this agent more and more problematic. Today, many people want a less risky, more natural approach to treating acne and have turned to Dr. Barad and the Aesthetic Laser Center for help. We have technologies available that many offices do not and we pride ourselves on truly trying to achieve the results that you are seeking on an individual basis.
Acne Treatments Without Antibiotics
We focus our acne treatment on understanding your unique hormonal balance, lifestyle and medical history. Our holistic approach strives to balance what’s going on inside your body with what’s appearing on the outside.
We offer various treatments such as Chemical Peels, the Acleara Acne Clearing Laser, ALA Treatments, customized facials and skincare regimens and MORE! Developing a personalized treatment program, we understand how to utilize today’s skin care products and laser technology to offer the best acne control possible. Often we are able to achieve control of the acne in just one or two sessions. We then develop a maintenance plan to help keep you acne free.
Blue Light With Levulan
Blue Light Therapy works by shrinking the skin’s oil glands to drastically reduce the amount of oil within the pores – reducing comedones. Resistant and Cystic Acne frequently fails to respond to typical measures of treatment. It offers a safe, highly successful solution to destroying acne bacteria and treating stubborn acne that is not responding to other treatments.
Levulan® is commonly used to significantly improve mild to moderate acne. Blue Light Therapy is an effective alternative for patients whose skin has become resistant to antibiotic treatments over time, and for those who want to avoid the hassle of applying topical ointments and creams. Several types of light sources are commonly used with Levulan® to treat acne, including blue and red light therapy, which, in addition to destroying bacteria, reduces inflammation and redness associated with acne lesions.
Acleara® Acne Clearing System: A Breakthrough Acne Technology with Immediate
You are not alone…Acne is the most common skin disorder in the world. Acne affects both men & women of all races & ages, and it can often have a deep emotional & psychological effect on people. Approximately 80% of all people between the ages of 11 and 30 suffer from acne, with many continuing to have acne will in their 40′s and beyond.
Acleara®, from the Aesthetic Laser Center and Med Spa, is a new breakthrough in acne treatment technology. It’s virtually painless, can take as little as 10 minutes and has immediate results. The Aesthetic Laser Center is proud to be the first provider in Pittsburgh to provide you with this technology.
Acleara® is an alternative for you if:
- You have acne
- Your skin is oily and/or you have large pore
- Over-the-counter acne medications just don’t seem to work
- You choose to avoid systemic treatments for acne such as oral antibiotics
- Your acne does not respond to antibiotics
- You want to avoid the side effects associated with prescription medication
- Previous acne laser treatments have been too painful and not very effective
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
What is Acleara® acne therapy?
Acleara® acne therapy is a breakthrough acne treatment that combines a gentle vacuum with pulses of specially-filtered light to help clear your pores and treat acne outbreaks. Acleara® is cleared by the United States Food and Drug Administration to treat a wide range of acne in all skin types.
What types of results can I expect?
Your skin’s pores usually are cleared of oils, dead skin skills, and bacteria. Pores may be reduced in size.
How long does it take?
The Acleara® treatment can be performed in as little as 10-15 minutes, depending on the size of the treatment area.
How many treatments will I need?
Depending on your individual condition, multiple treatments may be required for your best results. Your provider will discuss your treatment plan with you.
Does it hurt?
Most people feel little to no discomfort during the treatment.
How quickly will I recover?
You may resume your regular daily activities right away.
What can I expect following the treatment?
You may immediately notice that your skin is drier, less oily and feels fresher. Current acne outbreaks usually will begin to clear up over the next two days. Typically, most people experience a mild, sunburn-like sensation, possibly accompanied by some minor swelling or bruising, immediately following the treatment. This usually last 2 to 24 hours. Ask you provider to discuss other possible side effect and the necessary post-treatment care with you.