August 21st, 2013 Blog Admin
People often associate acne as being an issue during puberty and the teen years. According to Miami VA Medical Center’s chief of dermatology, acne affects three out of ten women and one out of five men between the ages of 20 and 60. Acne is not just a problem for ‘tweens and teens.
Acne occurs when the oils produced in the sebaceous glands clog pores. Bacteria are drawn to the blocked pores and leads to inflammation. Hormonal imbalances play a part in adult acne, so it’s not uncommon for women to see acne flare ups near menstruation, during pregnancy, and after menopause.
Topical lotions and soaps are designed for a teenager. Adults may find them useful, but they dry the skin. This is not ideal for skin that’s already showing the signs of aging. There are better options available at a facial plastic surgeon’s office.
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February 6th, 2013 Blog Admin
Were you aware of the fact that three out of four teenagers will experience some measure of acne? This nasty problem rears its ugly head just when the teen is learning to fit in with his or her peers and beginning to develop self-esteem. That is why teen acne should be treated and not left for months or years to cause deep emotional scars as well as facial scarring. And teens are not the only victims…adult acne is a real problem for some men and women.
Acne occurs when the sebaceous glands become plugged with oil, resulting in fertile ground for the production of a bacterium called P. acnes. If the pore remains open, the result is a blackhead. Conversely, if it stays closed, a whitehead is the result. The area can become filled with leaking pus and the area then becomes a breeding place for pimples. Those with very oily skin are more apt to have acne than those with drier skin.
There is a new way of treating acne and that is the FDA-approved Blue Light treatment. An LED light, this product’s single wavelength destroys the bacteria trapped in the pimples. Renowned facial plastic surgeon Dr. Haitham Masri utilizes this treatment in his Dearborn, Michigan, clinic with excellent results.
While Blue Light by itself is effective, results will be more effective if it is used in combination with aminolevulunic acid (ALA) or Kerastick® and Levulan®. If Blue Light is used in combination with ALA, it is a two part treatment with low downtime. The treatment may need to be repeated or combined with chemical peels or other treatments in order to achieve the desired results. The length of the treatment depends on how severe the acne is. This procedure is often covered by health insurance.
You can expect little or no redness if Blue Light is used alone, but if combined with ALA there will be significant redness, which will disappear in a few days. Blue Light is considered to be the best in acne therapy, and in the expert hands of Dr. Masri and Masri Clinic for Laser and Cosmetic Surgery’s qualified estheticians, the outcome will be successful and pleasing to the patient. Find out more about Blue Light with Kerastick® here. For more information, please call (866) 487-3223.