Are you ready to learn how to get rid of acne before your big holiday event? Fortunately, you've come to the right place. If you're looking for an acne treatment to clear your skin before the holidays, here are a few cosmetic dermatology services to consider.
Light therapy is used to treat a variety of skin conditions, including acne. Blue and red light therapy are commonly used to treat acne to great effect. These types of light are both excellent at killing a certain strain of bacteria -- P. acnes -- that is partially responsible for acne outbreaks in some patients. Light therapy also works to help shrink the oil glands in your skin, which in turn can help reduce clogged pores. It's important to note that this treatment is best used in combination with another form of acne treatment, so if you're looking for a cosmetic dermatology service to supplement your current acne treatment program, this is a good option to consider bringing to your dermatologist.
Chemical peels are frequently used to treat dull skin, fine lines and wrinkles, and even dry skin. But they can also be used to treat acne in some instances. When over-the-counter acne medications aren't working, it's possible that a chemical peel could help clear up your acne. Of course, this all depends on the level of your skin's sensitivity and how severe your skin condition is. And where acne is concerned, chemical peels are the most effective at treating blackheads and papules. This is because both types of acne exist so close to the surface of the skin, and chemical peels operate exclusively on the top few layers of your skin.
Blemish extraction is a common cosmetic dermatology service that's offered as a part of acne treatment. These kinds of extractions can be performed as part of an acne facial or in a standalone procedure. This method -- though it might seem very similar to popping a zit at home -- is sterile, safe, and performed by a dermatologist or esthetician in a medical environment. During this treatment, as the name suggests, your dermatologist or esthetician will clear out clogged pores and remove blackheads and whiteheads from your skin. If your acne is cystic or you're experiencing a severe breakout, this treatment may not be a good option. In addition, your dermatologist may not be able to extract every blemish if there are a lot on your skin. You may also need to return for additional extractions in the future to maintain your results.
Microdermabrasion is typically used to help smooth out skin texture and even out skin tone, but it's also possible to use this process to treat acne. Similar to a chemical peel, the purpose of this treatment is to remove the topmost layers of skin. That being said, this procedure uses a different method: a machine with an exfoliating agent that is drawn across the surface of the skin. As a result of this more direct method of treatment, microdermabrasion is usually only recommended for very mild cases of acne and acne scarring issues.
Finding the best acne treatment for your skin can be tough. If you have more questions or think you'd be a good candidate for one of these treatments, contact SE Dermatology Specialists today.