People of all ages can have acne and our protocols use a combination of home-based treatments, Acne facials, DermaPeels, light-based treatments and laser treatments.
We encourage you to call our practice, and our friendly staff will be glad to schedule a consultation for you with Dr. Nawab and Kathleen, our master aesthetician to answer any of your questions and assist you with choosing treatments that meet your individual needs.
Acne is the result of your pores blocking and allowing bacteria to grow within. Normally our pores produce oil (sebum) for healthy skin. This sebum becomes a growth medium for bacteria within the pore and the resultant block can lead to whiteheads (trapped sebum and bacteria stay below the skin surface), blackheads (trapped sebum and bacteria become partially exposed and turn black due to melanin (skin pigment)), papule (your pore wall breaks and white blood cells rush in to fight), pustules (several days after the pore breaks, pus goes to the surface), nodule (pore break along the bottom and a large inflamed bump results) or cyst (severe inflammatory reaction with very large pus-filled lesions).
While there is still much controversy about diet and its effect on acne, there are clear links between worsening acne associated with fatty, oily and high-sugar foods and drinks.
Approximately 80% of the population suffers with acne at some point in their lives (as teenagers and adults). Your particular source for acne can be influenced by your age, diet, sun exposure, hormonal influences and genetics. Additionally, the cost and duration of treatment with topical medications and oral antibiotics make standard therapy far from ideal, especially if it’s ineffective. Individual treatment plans will vary from person to person but certain portions of our recommended treatments are clearly effective if done appropriately. We offer multiple types of topical regimens (depending on your skin type and ongoing problem) through our line of medical grade products and do occasionally add oral antibiotics in difficult cases, but we clearly have seen additional benefits with our Fotona Nd:YAG laser.
Acne has increased blood supply, the energy from our Fotona Laser heats up the infected area thus destroying the bacteria.
Accutane causes an effect that makes your skin much more susceptible to the effects of the Lasers and generally, it is recommended that you be off Accutane for 6 months prior to your treatment.
The best treatment pattern is to start off with every 2 week cycles and increase time between treatments as the acne improves.