It never fails. It could be the night before a big date or that all-important board meeting where you have to give a presentation. You glance in the mirror and see an unpleasant sight: an intrusive whitehead. Although your first thought might be to pop it and move on with your day, avoid making a hasty choice and learn what’s best for your skin.
For some reason, popping a pimple provides us with much satisfaction. While seeing an unwelcome nuisance disappear feels gratifying momentarily, consider the aftermath of your actions. Picking or popping a pimple can actually push the dirt and bacteria deeper into the skin, causing more swelling, redness and irritation. If your skin is prone to scars, popping a pimple can lead to long-term damage. Deep scars can even become permanent and require professional solutions like laser treatments.
Rest assured that most pimples will go away on their own in due time. If you want to speed up the process, there are several treatments and products that help clear up acne, reduce the appearance of scars and even out the complexion.
Acne Treatments at Silk Touch:
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As with most treatments, acne treatments are very individualized at Silk Touch. During a consultation, our aestheticians will meet with you and discuss your individual concerns, following that we use VISIA skin analysis to determine the underlying cause of your acne. Using this information, we will write up our recommended treatment plan and product suggestions – all based on your condition, budget and skin type.
We are offering free consultations and Visia Skin analysis. If you are struggling with acne, give us a call or request an appointment online.
If you feel the need to pop and can’t resist it, we recommend going to a professional for extractions – to avoid scarring and further trauma to the skin. But, if you absolutely must do it, make sure hands are washed, face is clean and you squeeze gently and stop before blood is drawn.
What is Milia?
Milia is a common skin condition that can affect people of all ages. The condition consists of little, tiny, white bumps that usually appear under your eyes, nose and cheeks. Unlike acne, milia is caused by embedded dead skin cells within the surface layer of the skin.
Similar to acne, milia can be managed in adults. We advise you not to pick at it because it leads to scarring. Here are some tips for keeping your milia at bay. But, for severe cases,we recommend you see a dermatologist.
Because milia is caused by trapped oil underneath the skin’s surface, you need to cleanse daily with a product containing an alpha hydroxy or glycolic acid for best results.
If you want to stay away from acids, you can use an exfoliating cleanser instead. Deep exfoliating treatments help get down into the surface of the skin and remove oil and pore clogging impurities.
Here are 3 cleanser often prescribed by dermatologist for the condition:
While a daily cleanser or exfoliant can help keep milia at bay, some people prefer professional treatments. We recommend you visit a dermatologist to discuss treatment options.
Below is a video from DermTV about the different proffesional milia treatment options.
Silk Touch Med Spa offers microdermabrasion and chemical peels that can help to lessen the appearance or remove milia. Please schedule a FREE COSULTATION with Dr. Kerr and our staff. We are more than happy to discuss treatment options with you.
My teen is suffering from acne. Which treatment is best?
Will Tanning or Watching their Diet Help?
Acne is an inflammatory disease of the skin and is not related in any way to the foods consumed by an individual. Acne is most common and severe in the teenage years but can continue into adulthood. Acne leads to skin redness, pimples and blackheads. When uncontrolled, acne can eventually lead to scarring. All successful acne treatments must include steps to unclog the pores and to kill the bacterium that causes the inflammation.
Many OTC (over the counter) products promise to reduce acne but succeed only in causing further skin irritation and increase the chance of permanent scarring. Exposure to sunlight (tanning) may temporarily reduce the outward sign of acne, but symptoms will return after the skin begins to heal. In addition, sun exposure increases the chance of skin cancers, brown blotches and premature wrinkling and aging.
Because every patient’s skin is different, Silk Touch Acne Care starts with a FREE PERSONAL CONSULTATION. This approach allows us to design a treatment regimen that will offer the best results for each patient.
LED Light Therapy
The LED therapy (also called Blue Light Therapy) is a treatment that uses light to kill the acne causing - bacteria and stimulates cells to help with the healing process. The blue-light therapy also helps to reduce the inflammation surrounding acne lesions.
Blue light therapy can be used on its own, but is often combined with an agent that makes the skin more receptive to the light treatment. Several treatments are needed, usually spaced out over several weeks. LED therapy is most often recommended for patients with light to moderate acne or those who may not tolerate a more aggressive treatment.
Photodynamic Acne Therapy
We use a combination of Levulan and LED Light Therapy or Deep Pore Therapy to target hard to treat acne. A series of three to five treatments are usually performed at a period of two to four week intervals. The number of treatments recommended depends on the severity of acne. Some patients may notice results after the first treatment.
Photodynamic Acne Therapy can be used to treat moderate to severe cystic acne, and may provide results similar to those achieved with Accutane.
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Medical Microdermabrasion removes dead skin and helps prevent and dislodge follicle plugs. Microdermabrasion can be helpful in treating the type of acne that consists of blackheads, whiteheads, and skin-colored bumps. When used as part of an acne treatment program, microdermabrasion can significantly enhance the clearing of active pimples. For users with red bumps or deeper cysts, however, an alternate procedure (such as Photodynamic Acne Therapy) may be recommended.
Chemical peels can exfoliate the skin and minimize clogged pores and may also be beneficial in for scar reduction in long term acne patients. Silk Touch MedSpa offers a wide variety of chemical peels suited to various skin types.
Cosmeceuticals –or cosmetic pharmaceuticals-- include moisturizers, cleansers, peels and other topical products used to control acne. Silk Touch MedSpa carries a complete line of prescription and non-prescription cosmeceuticals, including topical retinoids.
To find the treatment that is right for you, please schedule a free consulation with our office. We'd be happy to answer any questions you have.