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Friday, 15 August 2008 16:28

Clinical Skin Care Procedures for Treating Acne

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Dermatologists and Estheticians normally use clinical skin care procedures to help clear acne. These methods should be performed by a skin health care practitioner. Trying these at home can lead to infection, worsening of the acne and scarring. It is highly recommended to consult with a skin care specialist before embarking on treatment for acne. The goal of any acne treatment is to prevent tissue damage and permanent scarring.

Chemical Peels
Light Jessner’s Solution and TCA chemical peels are used to dissolve oil, loosen blackheads and reduce acne breakout. These peels also work well to remove hyper-pigmentation from acne.
Comedo Extraction
Also known as deep pore cleansing is the removing of comedones and is beneficial to accelerate the healing of acne lesions. This procedure should only be performed by a skin care specialist. Attempts to self extract comedones and drain cysts by squeezing or picking, can lead to worsening of the acne, scarring and infection. Tissue injured by squeezing or picking can become infected by staphylococci, streptococci and other bacteria.
Drainage and Surgical Extraction
Some large cysts do not respond to medication and may require drainage and extraction. Drainage and extraction, which is also called “acne surgery,” reduces the pain associated with these cysts and decreases the likelihood of scarring. It should not be performed by patients. Patients’ attempts to drain cysts or extract comedones by squeezing or picking, can lead to infection, worsening of the acne and scarring. Dermatologists and Estheticians are trained in the proper technique and perform “acne surgery” under sterile conditions.
Phototherapy (Laser and Light Treatments)
Several laser and light treatments are available to treat acne. Some of these laser and light treatments target only one factor that causes acne—P. acnes. For many patients a comprehensive treatment for resolving their acne may include topical and oral medication along with Laser therapy.
In-conclusion you can reduce the effects of acne by using proper skin care and maintaining good health habits. Acne is 100% treatable. Applying corrective and preventive topical treatments have been proven help to resolve the condition.