Acne/ Breakouts

Acne affect not only teens, adults but the elderly also. Though past therapies left many with dissatisfied results, the newer methods such as the IPL Laser, and Photodynamic Therapy (PDT) are more successful. The most exciting thing with these therapies is that they knock out the oil glands for a prolonged period of time and thus obtain a prolonged remission.

These a technology reduce inflammation with the use of concentrated Intense Pulse light or Blue light to accelerate the photo thermal reaction and bacteria destruction.

Since these systems target the source of the acne, there is not much difference in the treatment of adolescent and adult acne except that the adult skin tends to be thicker and thus able to tolerate higher energy doses.

The most important precaution while undergoing these newer therapies is to stay away from the sun and a religious use of sunscreen.

Although the cause of Acne is the same in both adults and adolescents, it is preferable to avoid antibiotic and isotretinoin in adult women due to the side effects of the antibiotic and the teratogenic effect of the isotretinoin.

Severe Acne can cause scarring, and often affects self-image causing stress. This stress in turn can stimulate the adrenal glands, causing over-production of hormones. It is a vicious cycle that can leave a patient with a feeling of hopelessness which in turn can acerbate worsen the Acne.

Skin treatments can help alleviate Acne, but it is important to work on other aspects of life that can contribute to the problem. We know that Acne is an inherited condition, but even for those who have not inherited the gene, stress, hormonal fluctuations, medications, certain vitamins such as iodine, the sun and the very products which are supposed to clear or cure the problem may exacerbate the condition. There are comedogenic and irritating ingredients in everyday cosmetics, medications, make up, sunblocks, shaving creams, hair care and skin care products.

Irritating ingredients can cause hives, redness, swelling, flaking, peeling, itching and general malaise.

Isopropyle myristate gives a creamy consistency to Topicals but can cause grade 1 or 2 acne. Drugs may penetrate the surface of the skin and must be prescribed by a physician unless approved for over the counter sales., Retin-A is a drug and penetrates all layers of the skin and it must be prescribed by a physician. However, Hydrocortisone (under 1%) and Benzoyl Peroxide (10% and under) are also drugs, but they may be purchased over the counter. Cosmetics work on the surface of the skin and do not penetrate all the layers of the skin.