Acne is a skin condition that many people find hard to escape from, due to the number of both internal and external contributing factors, such as genetics, hormones, diet, stress, lack of adequate rest, creams and cosmetics, and sunscreen products. In addition to medicated treatment, some people may find it necessary to turn to other forms of skincare in order to get the results they desire. Let us take a look at some of the innovations available in the field of acne treatment, which offer blemish-free results that can leave patients feeling care-free about their skin.
For those who have inflammatory acne, collagen remodelling laser treatment, such as the Aramis laser program, can be particularly beneficial as it penetrates the sebaceous layer of the skin, thereby improving its functioning capabilities. The program offers benefits to those with oily facial skin by reducing acne while stimulating collagen production and helping reduce the depth of blemishes, resulting in the skin being left looking much smoother. In cases of red blemishes remaining where the acne were previously located, Vascular Laser treatments, such as V Beam, are beneficial. Cases of dark blemishes may be better served by Pigment Laser programs, like Nd-Yag Alexandrite, which are focused on treating pigment irregularities.
LED laser treatment programs, including Omnilux, are suitable for those with inflammatory acne as the treatment focuses on the use of blue-light rays to destroy bacteria and reduce the inflammation resulting from acne. Red-light rays are also utilized in the process as they can help to heal wounds, stimulate collagen production, and improve skin cell function, leaving the facial skin looking rejuvenated.
Avoiding foods that cause spots can help to reduce the risk of acne, which means reducing consumption of flour, sugar, milk and deep-fried food. If you want to reduce the occurrence of blackheads, it is recommended that you avoid salty food, while those wishing to reduce redness resulting from acne should avoid sweets and desserts.
Eating a diet high in fiber-rich food as well as chewing your food carefully before swallowing are both beneficial in terms of aiding digestion and helping the intestines function more efficiently.
Avoid the use of moisturizers and sunscreen during times of acne inflammation, or if it is absolutely necessary, be careful not to select a sunscreen with high SPF ratings as these will be more likely to block the skin’s pores.
Go to sleep before 11pm before the hour between 11pm and 3am are when the gallbladder and liver rest and recuperate. If you are not sleep during this time, you will be more prone to acne. The liver is the organ responsible for destroying toxins and is also a key source of blood production according to Chinese traditional medicine.This means it can help to keep the body strong, while improving mood and reducing stress.
Beware of using drugs containing steroids. Taking medication or applying creams containing steroids for an extended period of time may lead to acne, with the acne resulting from steroidal drugs being more difficult to treat due to the increase of pore blockages.
Stop squeezing and picking acne, especially those resulting from inflammatory redheads acne as it will lead to atrophic scar.
There are a multitude of treatments available for acne, hence consulting a dermatologist in order to analyse your specific skin care needs, and allowing them to diagnose the cause of your acne before advising on the most suitable treatment is essential if you wish to free your skin from the shackles of acne.
The First Class Honors M.D., Faculty of Medicine, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand, 1980.