Acne and acne scars are not solely problematic for teens. Half of all women in their twenties face sporadic bouts of acne, and a quarter of forty-something’s still fight acne while keeping up with their BOTOX treatments, according to a report published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology.
Topical drugstore preparations may help shorten the lifespan of an isolated blemish, but such tools are limited. Benzoyl peroxide and alcohol are the chief active ingredients in most over-the-counter creams. For some troubled skin, these two ingredients cause as many skin problems as they solve. An oil-reducing skin treatment may work for a teen with overactive sebum glands, but drying agents are a poor fit for more mature skin. It’s counterproductive to seek age-defying skin treatments while parching the skin to reduce the severity of breakouts. Desiccated skin reveals all its fine lines, aging even younger skin beyond its time.
Just as a mechanic with only two tools cannot hope to restore a car to perfect condition, over-the-counter acne products cannot restore healthy skin. Clinical skincare professionals, like our SkinSpirit experts, have a wealth of tools at their disposal. We are able to combat acne and acne scars with topical preparations, facials, chemical peels, laser skin resurfacing and prescription medications when necessary. Taking a multi-faceted approach to fighting acne and acne scars pays off in the form of shorter, less severe breakouts while improving the overall health of the skin.
Other conditions such as rosacea or folliculitis mimic acne’s appearance, but require different treatment. Only a qualified practitioner can diagnose a skin condition correctly and provide appropriate treatment, so it is vital to seek clinical advice for any sudden rash or breakout. Trying an over-the-counter acne regimen to heal a skin problem other than acne could exacerbate the irritation and discomfort of the condition.
Healthy skin means more than simply being acne-free; expert care ensures that once the blemishes disappear, the skin beneath is vibrantly healthy. Injections of cosmetic fillers reduce the appearance of deep acne scars, while laser skin resurfacing smooths away shallower imperfections left by previous bouts of acne.
Acne and acne scars may not be dangerous, but they merit attention. Seek advice from a specialist to end the cycle of dry skin and breakouts that over-the-counter creams can perpetuate. Great skin is possible so don’t give up. Give us a call or visit any one of our Bay Area locations – Palo Alto, Walnut Creek or Mill Valley – for a free consultation on how to treat acne and acne scars.
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