Acne Treatments Articles

A special guest article by Brian Windle, MD, an American Board Certified Plastic Surgeon practicing in Kirkland, WA.

By the year 2015, 45% of the U.S. population will be 50 or older. However, staying healthy has become a prevalent trend for this age group. 82% of adults 50 and older use the Internet to research health and wellness. Since 1987, the amount of Americans heading to the gym age 55 and up has increased 266% (making it the fastest growing age group among gym members). Over the next decade, U.S. baby boomers will spend $1 trillion dollars on wellness-based services, a significant increase from the previous amount of $200 million.

Dr. Rosenblatt serves cosmetic and reconstructive surgery patients at Lenox Hill Plastic Surgery Center in Manhattan and the surrounding areas of New York City.

With thousands of skincare products and treatments available, it’s easy to believe quality skin care comes in a bottle. Today’s buzzwords of ‘antioxidants’ and 'all natural mineral' treatments sound like perfect solutions for dozens of skin problems, but they may be nothing more than marketing hype.

Even though acne and breakouts are commonly associated with the teen years, many adults are affected by this chronic condition at some point in their lives. Hormone imbalances, weak skin and damaged skin can all make the skin more vulnerable to breakouts and severe acne, and these red bumps, postules and nodules can be very difficult to hide under makeup. The effects of acne can also make the sufferer more self-conscious. Fortunately, there are some effective treatment options available for people with severe acne.

Photodynamic therapy is an innovative acne treatment that uses light energy and a special light-activated solution to destroy acne-causing bacteria and prevents more blemishes from forming. Levulan Photodynamic Therapy is now available at many medical spas and cosmetic dermatology centers around the country, and has been proven effective for treating even cystic acne that has become resistant to other types of acne treatments.

Acne is the most common skin disease treated by physicians, and is the result of inflammation of the follicles. Without the right acne treatment, the skin can develop pustules and nodules that can be very difficult to treat and heal. Fortunately, there are some medical-grade treatments that can help to kill the bacteria that triggers the acne breakouts, and helps restore the skin to a healthier state.

Acne affects millions of men and women every year and in some cases, can lead to the development of permanent scars. Scars appear after the skin has experienced severe trauma after the skin lesions become inflamed, and for some people, these scars can take months or even years to heal completely. Fortunately, there are some cosmetic procedures available to reduce the appearance of acne scars and restore the skin to a healthier state. If you have suffered from acne and want to get rid of acne scars, here are some of your best skin rejuvenation treatment options:

Over-the-counter acne products and a consistent skincare routine can help keep acne breakouts at bay, but if you have inflamed skin and persistent acne problems, a more intensive treatment may be necessary. Skincare products that only reach the surface of the skin cannot change the skin’s behavior from inside out; you may be able to shrink pores and reduce inflammation temporarily, but the problem lies deeper within the skin’s surface.