Light Based Acne Treatments
Treating Acne with Light Based Therapies in New York
Not much is more frustrating than skin acne. Between the hours spent trying to strategically cover it up with concealers and the social distress it can cause, acne is a significant problem for many. Acne can lead to low self-esteem and even prevent you from living life to the fullest. Acne is the most common skin problem, affecting 40-50 million Americans per year.
Luckily, with the many advances in light and laser therapy, NYC’s premier skin rejuvenation clinic conveniently located on the Upper East Side offers light-based treatments for acne that will help you feel better about yourself and have clearer, smoother and healthier-looking skin.
What causes Acne?
Acne is a common skin condition that often rears its ugly head at the onset of puberty, when hormone levels typically peak. In fact, 85% of individuals between the ages of 12 and 24 experience at least minor acne. The first visual signs of acne appear when pores (or tiny openings in our skin also called follicles), become blocked with a collection of dead skin cells and sebum, a lubricant secreted by sebaceous (sweat) glands. A spike in hormones can cause an over-secretion of sebum, thus increasing the chances of blocked pores and acne. Bacteria that naturally live in the sebum will become trapped inside the blockage and multiply inside the pores, leading to redness, pus and swelling. Acne is most common on areas with a lot of sebaceous glands, such as the face, chest, back and buttocks.
Blackheads form when an opening for air remains inside the blocked pore. Sebum contains melanin, a pigment that gives skin its color, and in the presence of air, melanin oxidizes and turns black. Papules form when the blocked pores become inflamed. They turn red and are often painful to touch. Pustules, or Whiteheads, form when inflamed pores become filled with pus, a white-yellowish collection of dead skin cells, dead bacteria and tissue debris. In severe cases, acne cysts can form, which is an infection deep inside the follicle that often requires medical attention.
An intense skin hygiene routine may initially be recommended for minor acne and medication is prescribed for more serious acne. These medications include ones that contain benzoyl peroxides, antibiotics such as Clindamycin and Tetracycline, and Accutane, a Vitamin A derivative that significantly helps reduce oil secretion from sweat glands.
Genetics, lifestyle factors, hormonal levels, stress, diet, certain medications (such as steroids and birth control pills) and oily skin can all be risk factors for acne. Dietary factors can sometimes affect acne. Oily skin creams or oily makeup can also be contributing factors, as well as excessive sweating and changes in temperature, such as heightened humidity. Squeezing, popping or scratching acne can often make the problem worse and lead to scarring, or acne scars, often called pockmarks.
Acne is a common skin condition that debuts at puberty. In fact, 85% of people between 12 and 24 experience, at least, minor acne. The first visual signs appear when pores become blocked with a collection of dead skin cells. A spike in hormones can cause an over-secretion of sebum increasing the odds of blocked pores. Bacteria that live in the sebum will become trapped inside the blockage and multiply inside the pores leading to redness, pus and swelling. Acne is most prevalent on the face, chest, back, and buttocks.
Usually, there are three stages of acne: Blackheads, pimples, and whiteheads.
Light-Based Treatment Options for Acne at Rejuve NYC
Blackheads form when an opening for rai remains inside a blocked pore. Sebum contains melanin, a pigment that gives skin its color, and when exposed to air, melanin oxidizes and turns black. Pimples form when the blocked pores become inflamed and turn red. Whiteheads form when inflamed pores become filled with pus. In severe cases, acne cysts can form inside the follicle and requires medical attention.
An intense skin hygiene routine is usually recommended for minor acne and medicine is prescribed for severe acne. These medications typically contain benzoyl peroxides, antibiotics and a Vitamin A derivative that helps reduce oil secretion from sweat glands.
Genetics, lifestyle factors, hormonal levels, stress, diet and certain medications can all combine with oily skin to increase the risk factors. Dietary factors often affect acne as does oily skin creams or makeup. Squeezing, popping or scratching acne can frequently make the problem worse and lead to scarring — called pockmarks.
Photodynamic Facial or Blue Light Treatment
The results of skin tightening have been proven and are noticeable and lasting. The procedures have been featured on Today, Rachael Ray and in magazines such as Allure, New Beauty, and Men’s Fitness.
Not much in life is more frustrating than skin acne. Between the hours spent trying to cover it up and the social distress acne can cause, the affliction is a significant problem for many. Acne can lead to low-self-esteem and even prevent living life to the fullest. Acne is the most frequent skin predicament hitting between 40 and 50 million Americans annually. Luckily with the advances in light-and-laser therapy, New York City’s premier Rejuve Clinic conveniently located on the Upper East Side offer light-based treatments for acne that helps you feel better about yourself as you enjoy clearer, smoother and healthier-looking skin.
What to Expect:
Before the PDT treatment, your designated licensed skin care expert will have a discussion with you about your skincare needs, desires and expectations. During this time, we will also ask you about your medical history, any medications you may be taking and your daily lifestyle, including your history of sun exposure. During this time, we will also do a thorough examination of your skin condition to make sure a proper diagnosis is made. During this discussion period, it is best to ask any questions you may have or express your concerns. Our number one goal is to make sure you are informed and completely comfortable with the procedure. The treatment will be explained to you in its entirety so you know exactly what to expect, both during and after.
At the start of the procedure, Levulan, a photosensitizing agent, will be applied to the area of skin being treated. Once it is absorbed, a blue light (BLU-U® light) will be applied to the skin condition for twenty minutes or more. The duration of blue light exposure depends on the specific characteristics of the skin condition. Some patients feel a burning or tingling sensation during this time. After the treatment, you will be instructed to avoid sun exposure and wear a dermatologist-recommended sunscreen. It is very important to minimize your sun exposure as the sun can damage the treated area. As your skin heals over the following weeks, you may experience redness, swelling and a stinging sensation. Over time, your skin will flake and fresh new skin will appear. You will see significant improvements after one PLT treatment, however maintenance treatments are often required and should be scheduled by your licensed skincare specialist.
Negative side effects are rare, and include prolonged erythema, crusting, blistering, erosions, pigmentation and eye damage.
Call Our Upper East Side Location Today!
Our team of skilled skin experts at Rejuve Clinic in NYC is here to help you figure out which treatment is right for you and your skin. We will help you choose the best option for healthier, clearer, smoother and more radiant skin. Unlike many trendy NYC medical spas, Rejuve Clinic is headed by a board-certified physician who will make sure a proper diagnosis is made before treating. A diagnosis by a physician is essential, because the wrong treatment for a particular skin condition can result in subsequent damage.