If you’re an adult struggling with acne, you should know that you are not alone! According to the American Academy of Dermatology, acne is the most common skin condition in the Unites States. It affects about 50 million Americans each year and approximately 85% of people between the ages of 12 and 24 experience acne. Since acne is a chronic inflammatory skin condition that often comes with large red bumps and even scarring, those affected often have physical and psychological distress as a result.
Causes of Acne
There are many things that can cause acne for men and women. Some things such as genetics, hormones, stress, medication, topical applications to the skin and even our diet. Women are mostly affected by stress and hormones.
Caring for Acne
For those affected by acne, especially body acne, it’s a good idea to gently wash that area twice a day and after sweating. Sweating tends to clog the pores causing more breakouts. Scrubbing harshly can irritate the skin and make breakouts worse. Those affected should also use products on their skin that do not have oil as oil clogs the pores too. There are also several over-the-counter products that can be used such as the acne products by Image Skincare that we sell here at Alazzo Med Spa. There products have benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid which both work to remove impurities from the skin which clears acne quickly. Alazzo Med Spa also offers Microresurfacing with the DermaSweep™ which can help you treat acne as well.
If you have scars from acne…
Alazzo Med Spa offers a great service called micro-needling that can help reduce or even rid your acne scars. As skin care specialists, we hear about the embarrassment of acne scars all of the time and want you to know that you don’t have to worry and have anxiety about your scarring. We can help! Micro-needling is done with a small, hand-held device that uses your body’s ability to regrow and repair skin. The device delivers up to 1,300 micro punctures per second into the skin which stimulates the production of collagen and elastin and normalizes skin function. Because the body is repairing the skin, the appearance of scarring is reduced. Results are typically seen after the first treatment but 4 to 6 treatments (4-6 weeks apart) is usually recommended. Micro-needling can be performed on your face as well as your body where acne scars are common, like your back and shoulders.
If you don’t want to worry about covering up your acne or acne scars this summer, come in for a free consultation. We’d love to evaluate your skin and provide the best solution for you!