Acne is the most common skin problem in the United States. Although it is commonly associated with teenagers, many people struggle with acne well into their adult years. Newport Face N Body provides a large variety of skin care services that are specifically tailored for acne-prone skin. Whether you are looking to treat active acne, acne scarring, or prevent future breakouts- we have something for you.
What is acne?
Acne is a skin condition that occurs when your hair follicles become clogged with dead skin cells or excess oil.
What causes acne?
There are four main causes of acne:
- Excess oil production
- Hair follicles that are clogged with oil and dead skin cells
- Excess activity of androgens
Where does acne occur?
Although acne can occur nearly anywhere on the body, it’s most common where there are more oil glands. This makes the face, chest, upper back, and shoulders are prime real estate for breakouts.
What are the different types of breakouts?
Acne can vary in appearance, texture, and severity. Here are the various different types of acne that may pop up.
Comedones: Comedones are basic acne lesions that form when the hair follicle is clogged.
Whiteheads: A pimple that appears white, and bulges around the follicle wall. This is a pore that is closed and clogged with excess oil, dead skin cells, and bacteria.
Blackheads: Blackheads are also clogged with excess oil, dead skin cells, and bacteria. Unlike whiteheads, these clogged hair follicles stay open and look like first stuck in the pores. Because the clogged pore is open to the surface, it is exposed to air, which gives the blemish a dark color.
Both whiteheads and blackheads can be treated with retinoids, adapalene. These are available without a prescription.
Papules: Papules occur when excess oil, dead skin cells, and bacteria push seeping into the skin. This often results in redness and swelling. Papules are small, red bumps on the skin. When you have a lot on your skin, it will feel hard and similar to sandpaper.
Newport Face N Body Recommendation: If you suffer whiteheads, blackheads, or papules, you may benefit from washing the affected area with an acne wash that contains benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid.
For our clients, we often recommend using a Glycolic Acid wash or Maximum Strength, Benzoyl Peroxide 10%. This can help by ridding your skin of acne-causing bacteria. You can find it at most local drugstores.
Pustules: Simply put, pustules are pus-filled pimples. These are very similar to papules, except they contain a yellowish fluid. One of the most important things to remember about these is to avoid picking at them. Doing so can worsen acne, or cause dark spots.
Nodules: These are large, inflamed bumps that develop deep in the skin. They are firm and often painful. Over the counter, drugs aren’t always effective when treating them.
Cystic: Cystic acne occurs when the blockage is deep inside the hair follicle. The result is a cyst-like bump that pops up under the surface.
Nodules and cysts are two of the most difficult types of acne to treat. One of the worse things about them is that they often leave scars when they heal. For this reason, it’s encouraged to cure this acne to minimize the after effects.
At Newport Face N Body, we offer a wide variety of treatments that are highly at treating most types of acne. If you are suffering from severe cystic acne, however, it’s best to consult a dermatologist. They will be able to prescribe you with stronger medications, or antibiotics if needed.
What causes acne?
There are many myths when it comes to the cause of acne. Many people think that eating greasy foods, poor hygiene, and cosmetics can lead to acne. The truth is that there is very little evidence that suggests that any of these cause acne.
It’s helpful to note that even though there isn’t a strong correlation between eating greasy foods and acne, there is a link between working in a greasy environment and acne. Working in a kitchen with fry vats can worsen breakouts. The oil in the air can stick to the skin and block the hair follicles from leaving the skin. This creates an environment for breakouts to emerge or worsen existing acne.
With that being said, here are a few factors that can contribute to acne.
Hormones: Hormonal changes are a common cause of acne. Hormones can become out of balance for a variety of reasons including pregnancy, and the use of birth control. and Androgens are a common cause of acne in teenagers. Androgens cause the oil glands to enlarge and produce more oil, creating more opportunities for the pores to clog. For woman, having low amounts of androgens circulating in the blood can worsen acne.
Medications: Medications can be another common trigger for acne. Particularly, drugs containing corticosteroids, testosterone, and lithium.
Stress: When trying to determine the root cause of your acne, stress can often get overlooked.
Acne Treatments Available at Newport Face N Body Medical Spa
Acne facials are skin care treatments that are tailored specifically for acne-prone skin. Facials for acne aim to reduce blemishes and extract blackheads- resulting in a clearer complexion. The high-frequency tool we use during our acne facials helps kill acne-causing bacteria.
2. Blue LED Light Facial
Blue LED light is also effective at treating acne. The blue light destroys acne-causing bacteria to help clear breakouts
Microdermabrasion is a treatment that can be very effective at reducing acne. It works by using diamond tips to gently exfoliate the skin, while simultaneously suctioning away. Microdermabrasion can be particularly great for clearing blackheads. By removing the blackheads, the skin will instantly appear clearer. The suctioning of the device can also soften any hard, oil contents that are left behind.
Each of the treatments mentioned above can help tremendously with congestion and acne. This includes milia and blackheads.
Finding the Right Acne Treatment
Newport Face N Body provides treatments for acne in cities throughout Orange County including, Irvine, Newport Beach, Santa Ana, Tustin, Costa Mesa, and the surrounding area. If you have any questions about acne or want to find out what treatment is right for you, please feel free to schedule a complimentary consultation.