Acne is a skin condition that happens when your hair follicles get blocked or plugged with oil and dead skin cells. Acne mostly shows up on your face, neck, chest, back and shoulders. Acne can cause embarrassment and be extremely annoying, it may even make you want to hid your face. Acne injuries heal slowly, and when one begins to resolve, others seem to pop up.
Depending on how bad it is, acne can cause emotional distress and result in the scarring of skin. The good news is that treatments that actually work are available — and the earlier you start a treatment, the lower your risk of lasting physical and emotional damage.
Causes of Acne:
Three factors play a role in the formation of acne including:
- Creating too much oil (sebum)
- Abnormal shedding of dead skin cells causing an irritation of the hair follicles of your skin
- Accumulation of bacteria
Acne happens when the hair follicles get blocked with oil and dead skin cells. Hair follicles are attached to sebaceous glands. These glands release an oily substance known as sebum to grease your hair and skin, keeping your skin and hair from getting too dry. Sebum typically travels up along the hair shafts and then out through the openings of the hair follicles onto the top of your skin. When your body makes too much sebum and dead skin cells, the two can build up in the hair follicles and form together as a soft plug, making a place where bacteria can thrive.
This plug can cause the follicle wall to swell and produce a whitehead. Or, the plug may be open to the surface and can darken, creating a blackhead. Pimples,or zits, are raised red spots with a white center that develop when blocked hair follicles get irritated, inflamed,or infected. Blockages and inflammation that develop deep inside hair follicles result in lumps beneath the surface of your skin called cysts. Other pores in your skin, which are the openings of the sweat glands onto your skin, aren’t typically involved in acne.
Some things that can make acne worse are:
- Hormones. Androgens are hormones that develop in boys and girls during puberty causing the sebaceous glands to get bigger and make more sebum. Hormonal changes related to pregnancy and the use of birth control can also affect the production of sebum.
- Certain medications. Drugs containing corticosteroids, androgens or lithium are notorious for causing acne.
- Diet. Research has revealed that some dietary factors, including dairy products and foods with high amounts of carbohydrates, such as bread, bagels and chips, which increase blood sugar, may cause acne.
Treatments for Acne
Acne treatments work by lowering the amount of oil production, hastening skin cell turnover, fighting bacterial infection, lowering the inflammation or doing all four. With a lot of prescription acne treatments, you might not see results for four to eight weeks, and your skin can get worse before it gets better.
Laser and Light Therapy for Acne
Laser- and light-based therapies reach the deeper layers of skin without harming the skin’s surface. Laser treatment damages the sebaceous glands (oil glands), making them produce less oil. Light therapy targets the bacteria that is the main cause of acne inflammation. These therapies can also improve skin texture and lessen the appearance of scars.
At AdvaCare Clinics in Bloomington, MN we are a clinic with advanced healthcare solutions and have been helping patients with their Acne. We use our Class IV Laser Therapy (laser acupuncture therapy) that quickens the healing time of Acne breakouts, big or small, making you get the relief you’ve been searching for.
Using laser therapy has many advantages. This little beam of light helps the healing process with superficial wounds and other complications of the body such as:
- Skin diseases/Eczema
- Skin rashes/ poison ivy
- Cold sores/Canker sores
- Insect bites
- Scars/ cuts and scratches
- Tissue damage
- Nerve damage
- Neck/shoulder/back pain
Call AdvaCare Clinics (952) 835-6653 today if you have any questions Laser Therapy, any of our therapies, or to schedule a complimentary screening today. Our screenings have the ability to determine what treatments would be the most beneficial for you. We have many screenings that take about 5 to 10 minutes to assess if you need care and what combination of care would best work for you.