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Important Information about Acne and Acne Scar Treatments in Pittsburgh

     
 

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Acne is the #1 Diagnosis for Dermatologists
  • Acne affects 50 million Americans, making it the most common skin condition in the US
  • 85% of teens experience acne
  • American spend over $3 billion annually on acne treatments
  • Acne often causes psychological and physical cosmetic issues such as anxiety, low self-esteem, depression and permanent acne scarring
 
Important Information about Acne Treatments:
Acne can come from many sources, most common is an inflammatory skin disorder associated with nodular skin lesions with scars and irregularities on the face during the later stages.   Did you know we can get rid of scars too; but lets get the acne under control first.  It is a difficult problem affecting millions of teenagers and adults. The exact cause is unknown, although factors such as dietary habits, hormonal changes, certain medications, stress, nutritional deficiencies etc. have been implicated in the etiology. Sometimes acne occurs for the first time later in life. Acne infections are as a result of Propionibacterium along with Staphylococcus aureus.
 
     
 
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There are many different methods of management of acne. Several prescription and over the counter products provide varying degrees of clearance of lesions. We use the Intense Pulsed Light Treatments (IPL), Palomar 1540 & 1440 Fractional Laser, Cynosure Picosure, Focus Lens Array, Syneron Sublime Elos Technology, Syneron e-Matrix RF Technology, Microdermabrasions, Chemical Peels and other lasers to stop the acne at the core; the cell.
 

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  These lasers produce significant reduction of the level of inflammation in the lesions. The laser uses heat and light to destroy the acne, causing bacteria to shrink the gland and pull bacteria to the skinís surface. This may cause initial breakout, but acne will begin disappearing from the inside out within a few weeks.  
     
  The goal of the treatment is aimed at reducing the level of bacterial population in the lesion providing a healthy environment for healing. Multiple treatments with the laser may be necessary, as well as maintenance treatments, depending upon individual needs. Dieting and other factors also need to be addressed along with treatments.  
     
 
     
 
 
Medication Duration of Impact Major Challenges
   

Ineffective

OTCís

6 - 10 weeks

Irritating to skin
    Cause excessive dryness of skin
 

Antibiotics

6 - 8 weeks

May promote bacterial resistance. Yeast infections and reduction on potency of birth control pills in women. 50% of Americans are antibiotic resistant Growing % of patient base opposes systemic tx
 

Accutane, Renova, Retin-A, Tazorac,

 Differin, etc...

  Teratogenic Excessive dryness and chapped lips Inflammatory bowel disease etc. Negative media publicity Can cause depression (Accutane)
 
 
     
 
     
 
     
 
Please Review - Patients please review our Sun sensitive Meds List to determine if and when laser treatments are best for you.

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  Sun Exposure Concerns:  
  Remember - Redness may turn brown if exposed to sun!  Please stay out of direct sunlight for 2 weeks and sun exposure to the treated area for 1 to 2 months following treatment. You must apply sunblock daily to treated areas, especially facial areas with a broad spectrum minimum SPF 30 or higher for 2 months after treatment, reapply every 2-3 hours.  Tanning after treatment sessions may enhance melanin regeneration, which may result in hyper-pigmentation (white spots) or other side effects.  
     
 
     
 
 

Differences of Light Based Acne Treatments

 
     
 

Light Source

Benefits

Concerns

     
PHOTODYNAMIC THERAPY Effective on some, Unpredictable outcomes,
ALA + Blue Light (412 nm) Single treatment session, No Deep Extraction
  Usable on all skin types Lengthy duration of impact
     
 
     

VISIBLE LIGHT 532 nm

Usable on Skin Type I-III skin Unsafe on darker skin types;
  Only FDA cleared for mild to  No effect on sebaceous gland;
  moderate inflammatory acne; May requires cooling gels,
    Lengthy duration of impact
     
 
     
INFRARED AND NEAR Usable on Skin Type I-V skin High pain levels result in poor 
INFRA RED 1450 nm Only FDA cleared only for mild  compliance, tolerance.
  to moderate inflammatory acne; Often requires cooling gels,
    Low effect on sebaceous gland;
     
 
     
BROADBAND LIGHT / IPLS Usable on Skin Type I-V skin May need several treatments;
  Only FDA cleared only for mild  No Deep Extractions
  to moderate inflammatory acne; Lengthy duration of impact
     
 
 
     
 

Surgical scar removal procedures are painful, invasive and have a chance for complications.

 
 
     
 
     
  Clinical Outcomes  
 
  • FDA cleared and effective on a wide range and severity of acne for all skin types
  • Mild to moderate inflammatory acne (acne vulgaris)
  • Comedonal acne
  • Pustular acne
 
     
 
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Most Effective on Severe Acne
  • Noticeable improvement after first treatment
  • Dramatic results post third treatment
 
Additional Benefits of Treatment
  • Clearance of post-inflammatory sequelae of acne
  • Visible reduction in pore size
  • Improvement in skin texture
 
     
 

Types of Breakouts

 
     
 
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  • Whiteheads - Stay underneath the skin and are small, white blemishes.
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  • Blackheads - These are noticeable black blemishes that appear on the skinís surface.
         
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  • Nobules - Large pimples stem deep inside of the skin and are usually painful.

 

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  • Papules - Small, pink bumps that are visible on the skinís surface.
         
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  • Cysts - Filled with pus, visible on the surface and can be painful. Cysts can cause acne scars.
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  • Pustules - Red at the base and filled with pus.
 
     
  Take the most important step in your skins recovery call Body Beautiful for a free consultation. 724-987-3221.  
     

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