Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Acne Prevention & Treatment Tips

Acne - the bane of every beauty-conscious individual's existence. Depending on the individual, acne can range from a few annoying spots to countless blemishes that cover the entire face, upper back, and more. Acne is caused by a variety of different reasons, and the treatment process looks different for every individual. This week, Serenity Medical Spa is here to help you get a better understanding of how acne works and what steps you can take to eliminate it.

What Is Acne?
Information taken from WebMD

Acne are red blemishes that most commonly appear on the face, but can also be found on the neck, shoulders, back, and upper arms. Pimples, blackheads, whiteheads, and other miscellaneous red bumps are all examples of acne. Acne is formed when the skin's sebaceous (oil) glands release greasy excretions that clog pores (the small openings for hair follicles). Depending on the size of the plugged pore, it can turn into a whitehead or a blackhead. Some of the clogged pores can swell or become inflamed, at which point they evolve into deeper lumps or nodules. Nodules, which are firm swellings below the surface of the skin, are often associated with extreme cases of acne (called "cystic acne").

Who Is Most Susceptible To Acne?

Acne most commonly appears among teenagers, typically beginning in preteens ages 10-13. Acne is usually worse for people with predominantly oily skin. Male adolescents tend to experience acne more than teenage girls, as increased testosterone levels trigger the body to produce more sebum (the oil from the skin's oil glands). Teenage acne usually fades once the individual enters their early 20s; however, it is not uncommon for women ages 30 and older to continue to experience mild to moderate forms of acne.

What Causes Acne?

No one knows exactly what causes acne, but here are a few of the things that frequently correlate with acne outbreaks:
  • Changing hormone levels
  • Oily skin
  • Hormonal contraceptives
  • Greasy or oily makeup
  • Bacteria growing in clogged pores
  • Genetic disposition (if your parents had acne, you may be more likely to get it)

Existing acne can also be worsened by several different things, including:
  • High humidity
  • Rough scrubbing of the skin
  • Picking at, squeezing, or otherwise messing with pimples
  • Fluctuating hormone levels (such as just before a women's menstrual cycle begins)

Avoiding these things whenever possible may be able to help keep your acne in check.

How Can Acne Be Treated?

There are several different avenues for possible acne treatment, but each situation needs to be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Our medical spa in Lake Ozark MO offers several different treatment options for individuals struggling with acne, such as:
  • Chemical peels
  • TCA treatment
  • Subscisions
  • Filler Injections
  • Hormone Therapy

We also offer services to help individuals with acute acne control and maintenance. If you are looking for an effective solution for your acne problem, give us a call at 573-365-5002 to schedule your private consultation with our spa physician at the Lake of the Ozarks. We look forward to serving you!

Lake of the Ozarks Premier Medical Spa
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Lake Ozark, MO 65049

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