Exciting news in the aesthetic world! The FDA announced last week that it has approved Bellafill, an injectable filler, for the treatment of moderate to severe acne scars. Acne is the most common skin disorder in the U.S., affecting more than 40 million people, and this is big news for people with severe cases or lingering scars.
This new treatment is ideal for patients who have not responded to topical therapy, like Retin-A, which takes months and only improves very superficial scars; those who do not want to go through a series of five chemical peels; or those who have only a few scars.
If done properly, most patients will require only one or two treatments. And it’s permanent.
Bellafill incorporates both collagen and polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) microspheres. The collagen provides immediate volume and lift. Over time, it’s absorbed by the body, while the microspheres remain as filler. In a study of the filler on patients with acne, 85 percent of 147 subjects rated their appearance as improved at six months, and 90 percent were satisfied at 12 months.
For the past eight years, the FDA-approved version of this injectable was called ArteFill, and it was officially cleared as a permanent filler for nasolabial folds, a.k.a. smile lines. BellaFill is still used for full face-rejuvenation, volume restoration, smile lines, and under eye correction for hollowness and dark circles.
As if the emotional toll that acne exerts on its sufferers isn’t enough, scars left in its wake can serve as a daily reminder of days one would soon rather forget. Some acne can leave behind pitted indents in the skin that last a lifetime.
While this remains one of the more stubborn conditions to treat, aesthetic technology has made the battle with acne scars one we can win.
CO2 Fractional Laser and Acne Scar Treatment
Fractional CO2 laser resurfacing can erase years from your face and dramatically improve the appearance of acne scarring, wrinkles and pigment, but it is not a lunchtime procedure.
Fractional CO2 uses small columns of fractionated energy to ablate areas of damage. “Tiny wounds are made and the surrounding healthy skin helps with healing, making new collagen and elastin. It offers improvement in scarring, discoloration and wrinkles by stimulating collagen production.
The downtime with CO2 laser resurfacing can be lengthy, often 1 – 2 weeks. You’ll need to follow specific skin-care instructions and beware that your skin will go through some major changes during the healing process. However, this procedure is great for those who want big results in just one procedure.
This month we are running a special on CO2 – Buy a Face treatment, Get a Neck treatment for 75% Off. Claim this offer here.
Microneedling and Acne Scar Treatment
A less-aggressive treatment for acne scarring, with a lot less downtime is Microneedling. While you will need more treatments to see results, this non-invasive procedure is quickly becoming a client favorite here at Silk Touch.
This treatment uses multiple microscopic needles to penetrate the surface layers of skin – creating very small wound patterns to break old collagen chains and trigger the healing process to smooth the appearance of scars, wrinkles and stretch marks.
Most patients are very comfortable during the treatment. We use a topical numbing cream that remains on the skin for 30-40 minutes prior to the treatment. The feeling is similar to a rough exfoliation.
With Microneedling, patients will notice and immediate glow to their skin, but visible changes develop over the course of several weeks. Multiple treatments are needed for optimal results.
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When you put unhealthy food into your mouth, any toxins that your internal system can’t handle make their way out through your pores. While an individual’s genetic makeup and hormonal balance play a big role in the persistence of acne, the following are common culprits that cause embarrassing blemishes: Dairy, Caffeine, Processed/Refined Foods, and Oily or Fried Foods.
Clean up your diet with more fruits, vegetables and water! Your skin will reap the benefits.
2. Product Regimen
What you used as a teenager for acne is not what you want to be using for adult acne. Adult acne can be harder to treat, and can be easily irritated by the wrong products. It’s important to meet with an aesthetician or your health care provider to get on a product regimen that is customized to your skin type, complexion and type of acne.
Every single person should be using a Retinol product. This all-star ingrediant helps with acne, plus fine lines and wrinkles. EVERY SINGLE PERSON should be on a retiniod. It's the most important thing next to wearing sunscreen.
Need help with your skin care routine? Request a complimentary Skin Care Evaluation for a customized plan.
For in-office treatments, a combination of peels, microdermabrasion and microneedling( for those with aggressive scarring), can help clear up problems for even the most persistent acne suffers.
4. Blue/Red Light Therapy
Blue light therapy works by increasing the production of certain photo sensitive chemicals which are produced by the acne causing bacteria. These chemicals in turn neutralize the bacteria, allowing the skin to return to its normal state. A complement to microdermabrasion or other oily & acne-prone skin treatments, Blue Light targets bacteria that cause acne. The bacteria are destroyed by a thermal reaction.
Blue light therapy is an alternative for clients who do not respond well to antibiotic therapy or who develop problematic side effects. Blue Light also enhances collagen rejuvenation.
In combination with Blue light, this Red light treatment speeds up the reduction in acne lesions by reducing inflammation, thus helping the skin to heal naturally. Red light therapy can also restore pigment to Vitiligo patients.
Learn more here.
5. Acne Scarring
When the problem isn’t acne, but the scarring left behind – then these in-office treatments are the best solutions:
- Microneedling with a Topical
- Intense Pulsed Light Treatments (for red/complexion scarring)
- CO2 Laser Treatment (Scarring with slight Indentations)
- Fillers (For those with the deepest acne scars)
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.
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.