Almost all of us have suffered the embarrassment of acne at one time or another in our lives, either as a teenager or as an adult. It is one of the most common skin conditions. Acne is caused by the p.acnes bacteria, which occur normally in the body and are usually released when your skin sheds the outermost layer of dead skin cells. Sometimes, however, the bacteria become trapped within the skin and a pimple forms.

The actual cause of acne is an increased level of androgens, first encountered in puberty. Androgens, cause more production of a type of facial oil, known as sebum. When the bacteria P. acnes is also present, acne forms. Here how it happens: Sebum brings skin cells to the surface of the skin but when it meets excess oil, the opening of the gland becomes clogged. Excess oil and old cells plug the duct and a whitehead results. After it enlarges, its dark tip forms a blackhead. Bacteria may then multiple in the clogged pores to cause red, inflamed pimples and the start of acne. The condition is also associated with the hormonal changes associated with a woman’s period, pregnancy or menopause.

Q: Who would be an Ideal Candidate for Acne Treatments?
A: Candidates for acne treatments are those who have blackheads, whiteheads and smaller or larger spots on face and sometimes on the neck, upper chest, back and upper arms.

Q: How are Acne Treatments Performed?
A: There are several ways to treat acne. They are: IPL, chemical peels, LEP-lamp, micro-dermabrasion and special cosmetic acne treatments.

Q: What Are Limitations of Acne Treatments?
A: We need to know about any prescription or non-prescription medications you are taking well in advance of the treatment. Oral and topical drugs have mixed results.