Acne is the most common skin problem in the United States, affecting millions of teens and adults. In addition to its physical symptoms, acne can take a big emotional toll, too, and learning how to manage its effects is essential for your health and wellness.
Many people with acne benefit from medications to help control oil production, bacteria, or other factors that contribute to breakouts. But caring for your skin from the “outside” is important, too.
At Vein Specialists Institute in Palm Desert and La Quinta, California, Ken Jesser, MD, and his team offer both state-of-the-art microneedling treatments and special acne facials to help promote the development of healthy skin, reduce breakouts, and get rid of acne scars. Here’s how these two therapies can help you reduce your acne symptoms and enjoy clearer, healthier, more beautiful skin.
Acne happens when dead skin cells, bacteria, and excess oils collect inside your hair follicles and plug your pores. Inside the follicles, bacteria feed on the dead skin cells and oils, rapidly multiplying and causing an infection.
Your body responds by sending out white blood cells and other infection-fighting agents. The “battle” that ensues causes inflammation, redness, and pus-filled pimples.
While the precise mechanisms behind acne are still being discovered, researchers do know that multiple factors can play a role. Hormonal fluctuations are a primary cause of breakouts, but genetics, environmental factors, chronic stress, and even some medications can contribute to breakouts.
Acne facials and microneedling offer unique advantages to acne-prone skin, making them good additions to your skin care routine.
Our acne facials are specifically tailored to suit the needs of acne-prone skin. During your facial, we use cleansing steam and extractions to clean out pores, speed the healing of existing blemishes, and prevent new ones from forming.
Our facials also focus on destroying bacteria, and we apply a special mask to help your skin recover and heal naturally. Following your facial, we can recommend products to help maintain your skin health between visits.
Widely used to rejuvenate skin health, microneedling uses a special device studded with very tiny, thin needles. During treatment, the device is passed over your skin, allowing the tiny needles to penetrate and create a series of “controlled micro-injuries.”
These tiny injuries trigger healing responses in your skin, promoting skin turnover and ramped-up development of new, healthy skin. Over time, that healthy skin replaces scar tissue that can form following acne breakouts, helping your skin look and feel smoother and firmer. Plus, those tiny punctures allow acne medications to penetrate more deeply for better overall effectiveness.
Treatments are performed using a topical numbing agent to keep your skin comfortable. Plus, there’s no downtime afterward, and you can have repeat treatments to keep your skin looking its best.
Acne can definitely take a toll on your life, but with advances in treatment, you can enjoy clearer, healthier skin. To learn how we can help you tailor a treatment plan for your skin’s unique needs, request an appointment online or over the phone with Vein Specialists Institute today.