Acne vulgaris or “acne” is a common and frustrating condition of the skin recognized by most people as the development of so called “blackheads,” “whiteheads,” or “pimples” which frequently affect the face, chest, and back and, like many diseases, has a range of severity. Acne most often starts in the adolescent years, however, earlier or later onset is possible. Fortunately, a range of helpful treatments and topical products are available to assist in the treatment of this disease.
Proper cleansing of the skin and regular exfoliation is important for everyone but most especially for those managing acne. A regular regimen of either microdermabrasion treatments or chemical exfoliation combined with extractions and a hydrating treatment can dramatically improve the skin and minimize future breakouts.
Certain topical products formulated to be used at home also help keep acne under control. Carolina Aesthetics recently came out with its own line of reasonably priced acne products that were researched and approved by the dermatologists at Carolina Dermatology. The “Clear Choice” line of products includes specially formulated cleansers, toners and moisturizers which can be used to gently cleanse the face and improve the texture, feel, and appearance of the skin. These products work by incorporating antibacterial medications to kill Propionibacterium acnes, the bacteria most commonly associated with acne development. They also utilize alpha- and beta-hydroxy acids to assist in gentle removal of dead skin cells that frequently block pores in the face and contribute to acne breakouts.
As discussed in our February 2011 newsletter, Retinol medications are Vitamin A derivatives specially formulated for the treatment of acne. These creams have the added benefit of not only fighting acne but also softening and preventing fine lines and wrinkles. The Retinols offered at Carolina Aesthetics are available in varying strengths and have natural anti-inflammatory ingredients which minimize redness and irritation so often associated with retinol medications.