Most Common Causes of Acne
At Novopelle Med Spa, we create an acne treatment plan that addresses the root cause of your acne. The kind of treatment we recommend will depend on your skin conditions as well as your goals. Because acne can be brought on by different triggers, the best treatment option for each person who suffers with it will be different as well, and there are many acne sufferers across the world. In fact, according to the University of Michigan, acne is one of the most common skin conditions, affecting about 90% of all people at some point in their lives. It is often most prevalent in adolescence and young adulthood, but symptoms can persist well into adulthood. Some of the most common causes of acne include:
- Excess oil production
Oily skin is caused by the overproduction of sebum from sebaceous glands. Sebum is the oily substance that protects and hydrates the skin, and it is vital for keeping the skin healthy. If the skin is producing too much sebum, the result can be clogged pores and acne. Often, this excess in oil production is caused by issues with the pituitary gland, which is in charge of the body’s hormonal system. Androgens are a type of hormone, and the more active the androgens are, the more sebum the body tends to produce.
- Clogged pores
Your pores are the small openings in your skin that release oil and sweat. Sometimes, dead skin cells become trapped in the skin, which causes clogged pores. When the pores become clogged, the result can be blackheads, whiteheads, and acne. If you notice these blemishes, or are experiencing overall dullness to the skin’s complexion, you might be suffering from clogged pores. In addition to dead skin, clogged pores can also be the result of toxins in the air, oil and dirt that touches the face, and excessive sweat, which brings us to the next point.
Not only do we constantly interact with bacteria, but our bodies are actually full of. Actually, the number of bacteria in the body is similar to the number of human cells in the body, according to a study from the Weizmann Institute in Israel. Much of the bacteria in our bodies is beneficial for our health, but some of it can quickly lead to issues. There is a specific strain of acne that lives at the base of the hair follicle called P. acnes. P. acnes thrives off of sebum and debris, and when the body produces excessive sebum, it produces excessive P. acnes as well. The immune system’s response to this production is inflammation, and when combined with the forces of clogged pores, can create unpleasant acne.
The relationship between acne and inflammation boils down to a part of the skin called the pilosebaceous unit, which contains the hair shaft, the hair follicle, and the sebaceous gland. This is the area in the skin where sebum overproduction creates a breeding ground for inflammation and bacterial infections.
Access Professional Acne Procedures
When we discuss your skin goals, we will work to discover which trigger has been causing your acne. From there, we will address and help treat your symptoms. Most patients should expect several treatments before they achieve their desired results. Typically, our skincare plans involve a combination of the following treatment methods:
Whether or not a facial will benefit you will depend on the severity of your acne condition. When it comes to acne, facials that are performed professionally tend to produce better results than DIY versions. Acne facials work to reduce symptoms of acne by cleaning the skin to remove impurities, debris, and oil. They can also unclog and exfoliate pores, reduce oil production and irritation, improve skin hydration, and kill bacteria.
Like the root word “micro” suggests, microdermabrasion is a minimally invasive procedure that is used to improve skin tone and texture. It works by gently sanding the skin and removing the thick outer layer. This exfoliation process minimizes the appearance of whiteheads and blackheads, which gives the face a smoother look. For patients who have shallow acne scarring, microdermabrasion can improve this condition as well.
- Chemical peels
The Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology has endorsed the fact that chemical peels are effective for treating mild to moderate acne. The mildest form of chemical peel is called a superficial peel, and involves exfoliation of the skin using an alpha or beta hydroxy acid. When the AHA or BHA is applied to the face, they exfoliate the skin and encourage the dead skin cells to shed.
- Laser treatment
IPL photo facials can be an effective way to treat acne when performed by a skilled professional like the ones on our team at Novopelle Med Spa. In particular, photopneumatic therapy, or IPL threapy, combines an intense pulsed light laser with a gentle vacuum. The reason it is so successful at treating acne, including blackheads, whiteheads, and pimples, is because it removes excess oil and dead skin cells from clogged pores.
Those who have suffered with ongoing acne are often familiar with the debilitating after-effects: acne scars. Microneedling, offered at Novopelle Med Spa, is a great way to address these scars. The procedure uses fine needles that prick the skin, which promotes collagen production in the skin. Not only will this help heal acne scars, but it will help to fill lines, wrinkles, scars, and create an overall rejuvenated appearance.
Struggling with acne or other skin issues? Call Novopelle Med Spa today at (888) 429-7055 or contact us online and we will help you put your best face forward.