Teen Acne - Causes and
(Information provided by Luminesse
Not Your Fault
People of every ethnic background, nationality,
size and shape will probably experience acne
during their teen years. During puberty, your
body starts producing hormones called androgens
that contribute to acne. This is a natural part
of human development and, consequently, there's
nothing to be done about it. Unfortunately,
boys are probably going to have more severe
breakouts than girls. This reverses when girls
are in their 20s, 30s and 40s, when female acne
is more common than that of males.
it All Begins
acne breakout starts in the skin's tiny holes,
commonly called pores. It takes about two to
three weeks before a blemish shows up on the
Deep within each pore is a sebaceous gland that
works to produce sebum, an oil that keeps skin
soft and moist. As the skin renews itself, old
skin cells die and are shed off. Under the best
circumstances this happens evenly and gradually,
making way for fresh new skin. But some people
shed skin unevenly and as a result, dead cells
mix with sebum and clump together to form a
sticky plug. This plug traps oil and bacteria
inside the pore - the beginning of a blemish.
During puberty, hormones accelerate oil-producing
sebaceous glands into hyperdrive, putting teen
skin at particular risk for acne.
the U.S. alone, more than $1.4 billon is spent
on acne medications and treatments each year.
In many instances, the money spent yields less
than satisfactory results and causes bothersome
or dangerous side effects. Most prescription
medications, such as antibiotics, require at
least three months of continuous treatment before
any improvement can be expected. Often, a second,
third or fourth cycle of therapy is needed.
Blue Light Therapy
There is a new treatment available that doesn't
depend on medication. It's called the BLU-U
Blue Light Photodynamic Therapy. BLU-U is a
very special blue light that can kill the p.acnes
bacteria in your skin that causes acne. Treatments
are simple - you simply sit with your face close
to the light for a short time each treatment
session. Treatments are usually scheduled every
week for a six week period.
For more severe acne a facial protocol using
Salicylic Acid, Vibradermabrasion and extractions
can be an effective adjunct to the BLU-U program.
For faster results patients can also use a photosensitizing
solution called Levulan to enhance the effectiveness
of the Blue Light. The Levulan attaches itself
to overactive oil glands as well as bacteria
to help diminish oil glands, shrink pore size
and kill the acne causing bacteria. After several
weeks of treatments, this type of protocol can
control and clear acne.
Once acne is under control, an effective skin
care regime at home can keep it at bay. A medical
grade skin care line such as Luminesse RX should
be used as the active ingredients are higher
and more pristine and they contain no bacteria
or preservatives that over the counter remedies
can have. Often patients return to the spa for
maintenance treatments every few months to exfoliate
and deep cleanse the skin.
If acne scarring occurs there is an excellent
laser resurfacing treatment available called
Fraxel II. This fractionally ablative laser
has minimal downtime and completely resurfaces
the skin bringing softer, smoother and fresher
skin to the surface. Fraxel II is one of the
only treatments to correct acne scarring.
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