What is Acne?
Acne is the most common skin disorder in the United States affecting nearly 85% of all people at some point in their lives. Acne can occur at any stage of life but often begins in puberty with the development of comedones (blackheads and whiteheads), pimples, and deeper cysts that can occur on the face, neck, chest, back, shoulders, and even the upper arms. In addition to these symptoms, there are often significant physical and psychological side effects associated with acne, such as permanent scarring, poor self-image, low self-confidence, depression, and anxiety.
The exact cause of acne is unknown, but there seem to be three main factors that can contribute to its severity: blocked pores, excessive sebum or oil production, and bacteria. In predisposed patients, the skin cells lining the pores stick together and form a plug on the skin surface, known as a white head or a black head. Subsequently, overactive sebaceous oil glands produce an excessive amount of oil which causes proliferation of the bacteria Cutibacterium acnes (previously known as Propionibacterium acnes) within the blocked pore. This bacterial overgrowth leads to inflammation which appears as red bumps or pustules. Certain factors can trigger or worsen acne, including genetic predisposition, diet, menstruation, hormonal changes, and stress.
Acne Treatment Options
There are a variety of methods for treating acne. First-line treatments often include over-the-counter or prescription topical treatments or oral medications. However, if you have not seen results with these treatment options, other more advanced treatment options are now available. In fact, there have been significant developments in the treatment of acne using laser devices with the FDA approvals of AviClear and Accure, both in 2022. Seeking professional dermatological treatment early is essential, as it may avoid or minimize unwanted complications such as acne scars.
AviClear is the first FDA-cleared energy device to treat mild, moderate, and severe acne on the face. It works by using the power of laser energy to target sebaceous glands, eliminating acne at the source. Results vary by patient, but a significant reduction of acne is often seen. Three treatments are typically recommended for optimal results.
The Accure system is an FDA-cleared treatment for acne. This innovative solution treats acne at the source, offering proven results. Using an advanced light-based system, Accure selectively targets sebaceous glands to reduce oil production, preventing and treating mild to severe inflammatory acne.
The Isolaz treatment combines gentle vacuum technology with broadband light therapy. The vacuum suction unclogs pores and dislodges blackheads, while the broadband light eliminates bacteria that lead to acne breakouts and reduces facial redness. Patients can notice immediate improvement following their first treatment session. Isolaz can be used on the face, neck, chest, and back.
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If you are seeking treatment for acne, please contact UnionDerm in New York today. Our acne treatments are proven to eliminate hormonal acne, cystic acne, adult acne, and developing acne, and help patients achieve a clearer, more even complexion.