Acne is a very common skin condition that affects individuals of all ages and from all walks of life. Acne is most common in adolescents, but can also affect adults, especially women going through hormonal changes.
Acne is usually caused by clogged pores that leads to accumulation of bacteria under the skin’s surface. However, it can also be caused by hormonal imbalance. In many cases, oily skin is very prone to acne, as the glands produce too much oil, thereby clogging the pores. Studies have shown that acne can also be caused by an unhealthy diet, harmful skin car products and stress.
The key to treating acne is finding the right solution for your unique skin type. Not everyone responds to the same type of treatment, which is what makes acne difficult to address. Luckily, in recent years, there has been a development of various effective acne treatments, allowing us to find a unique and custom tailored solution just for you. In fact, Avalon Laser has become a leading San Diego acne treatment medical clinic.
To learn more about your acne treatment options, please read the important information below. If you have questions or think Dr. Reza Tirgari and his team might be able to help you, please call today 800-896-1138 for a complimentary consultation.
Why You Should NOT Self-Treat Acne
This is a very important factor. While we understand that there are countless acne products available, it is very important to stay away and resist trying to treat acne on your own. More often than not, the acne will only get worse.
The most common treatments over-the-counter include benzoyl peroxide, topical salicylic acid, Retina-A and Accutane antibiotics. All of these can have a range of negative side effects, especially antibiotics to which the body becomes immune overtime. Benzoyl peroxide can be very harmful, especially in large doses. It burns the skin and can leave behind very bad acne scars.
Sadly, most of our acne scar removal patients come to use as a direct result of self-treatment. Topical salicylic acid is the least harmless chemical, but it is not right for every skin type. For treatment that is tailored to you, it is best to visit a medical professional who has years of experience treating acne.
Your Acne Treatment Options
Medical Grade Peel Acne Treatment
For patients who suffer from mild to moderate acne, we often recommend a medical grade peel. A medical grade peel is another term used for a chemical peel that will target your specific concerns. A chemical peel penetrates deep into the skin to remove dirt and bacteria, thereby eradicating the underlying issues that cause acne.
You can experience great results and even skin tone by undergoing a peel that is specifically tailored to address your acne problems. In addition, our skin care professionals will know which ingredients to use to completely remove all of your acne issues based on your skin type and history with various treatments.
Before Acne Peel Treatment
After 3 Treatments
Visit our photo gallery to view more before-and-after photos of patients who have undergone acne treatment at Avalon Laser.
Mild to Moderate Acne Treatment
In addition to chemical peels, laser therapy is an option for acne treatment patients. Acne can be characterized by whiteheads, blackheads, red-inflamed pimples or cystic acne. Regardless of how severe, breakouts are difficult to treat and each pimple is equally annoying. Cystic acne are the most difficult to treat as they are filled with blood and are rooted deep into the skin, almost always leaving an unsightly acne scar behind.
Laser acne therapy with the fractional laser is one of the most recent and most effective procedures to treat acne breakouts. Laser skin resurfacing therapy reaches deep into the skin without harming the skin’s surface and reduces the production of oil from the oily (sebaceous) glands and targets Propionibacterium acnes (P. acnes), the bacterium that causes acne inflammation.
Laser acne therapy results can be achieved with only three to five treatments.
Acne Before Fractional Laser Treatment
Acne After Fractional Laser Treatment
Moderate to Severe Acne Treatment
Moderate to severe acne is generally cystic acne. These are the most severe, tend to leave acne scars, and are the most difficult to treat. In such cases, we almost always utilize a multifaceted treatment approach to eradicate cystic acne.
Cystic acne is generally caused by hormonal imbalance, improper diet and improper skin care routine. If you suffer from cystic or severe acne, Dr. Tirgari and our team will look at all of these factors to determine the best course of treatment. We are now proud to offer the advanced Levulan-IPL Photodynamic acne therapy, which combines IPL treatment with anti-acne medication.
In order to combat severe acne, we will help you with the following:
- Improve your diet
- Improve your skin care routine
- Provide the best topical anti-acne treatments
- Perform chemical peels to help eradicate the acne
- Utilize laser skin resurfacing to kill the bacteria
- Assist in acne scar removal
- Take a proactive approach to avoid another breakout
Acne Before Levulan-IPL Therapy
Acne After Levulan-IPL Therapy
Your Treatment Consultation
During your initial evaluation, we will find the best and most effective treatment for you. Dr. Tirgari is a well-known cosmetic dermatologist. He will help you get rid of your acne and keep it away with a range of medical treatments known to work.
Additional Acne Treatment Information:
Why Lasers Might Beat Acne
You may not associate laser treatments with acne, but the medical community is starting to recognize the advantages. Acne occurs when hair follicles clog with dead skin cells and oil, according to Medicinenet. This leads to pores irritation and infection. While you may not realize the connection, the Mayo Clinic is calling laser light treatment the procedure to watch among emerging technologies in the fight against acne.
A Little Bit about Acne
The painful swelling that you feel when a pimple starts to develop is a sign of infection. Certain forms of bacteria are attracted to the pool of moisture that forms due to the oil build up. Once the bacteria congregate, the pressure on the pore causes inflammation and irritation.
What Is Light Therapy?
Light therapy is a treatment that uses laser to exposure skin to different types of light. Laser treatments are a form of targeted phototherapy. Targeted because the treatment exposes the skin to UV light, by focusing the beam, only the problem areas are affected. Light therapy for skin conditions, such as acne, utilizes an excimer, or exciplex, laser.
What Does It Do?
The laser treatment kills bacteria. Infection causes the swelling that can lead to scarring. The bacteria problem makes you to want to pick at pimples, which can also lead to scarring. Pus forms in the follicle as a by-product of the infection. Pus equals pressure and pain. The skin cannot heal until the bacteria are gone.
Bacteria respond to different colors of light. Primarily, treatments focus on blue light. When blue hits the skin, it kills off the bacteria. Some treatments involve a pulsating light and heat, as well. These features help to treat one cause of the acne, oil, or sebum, production due to enlarged sebaceous glands. This form of light treatment will shrink glands and, therefore, reduce the production of oil. Once oil stops pooling on the skin, acne flair ups should reside.
It is not easy to control acne, but developing a daily routine for cleansing helps. Wash your face twice a day with a gentle cleanser. Avoid touching or picking at the skin. This only spreads infection to more pores.
If basic care doesn’t help, try professional treatment. Patients in San Diego, Carlsbad, Del Mar and nearby areas of California can contact Avalon Laser online or call 800-896-1138 to schedule a complimentary consultation.