Acne: Types, Causes, and Effective Treatments for Clearer Skin
Acne affects around 20% of Canadians (5.6 million), according to the Canadian Dermatology Association. People tend to develop this condition between the ages of 12 and 24, though it may occur at any stage of life. It usually forms on the face, though it’s common on the back, chest, and shoulders too.
Acne can be a painful, severe, and stubborn condition, but various treatments are available. It may lead to scarring in some cases, but this can be treated too. However, trying to find the right treatment for your skin can be difficult — but the Astra Medicare team is dedicated to helping you make the best choice.
Join us as we take a look at what causes acne, the different types, how you can treat acne, and how to deal with scarring safely.
What Causes Acne?
Acne occurs when hair follicles or pores become clogged by a combination of dead skin cells and sebum, a natural oil produced by the sebaceous glands. This oil moisturizes the skin to prevent it from becoming too dry, but it can build up over time. As a result, dead skin cells will clog together inside tiny openings in the skin.
The following can also contribute to the development of acne:
The latter cause is one of the main reasons why acne is closely linked with teenagers, as hormones fluctuate throughout this period.
What are the Different Types of Acne?
There are two main types of acne: inflammatory and non-inflammatory. Doctors and dermatologists will distinguish one from the other based on how inflamed the breakouts appear.
Both types of acne can involve:
The most severe cases of acne usually involve cysts and nodules.
Inflammatory acne occurs when follicles or pores are clogged with bacteria and develop into papules, pustules, or cysts. The immune system targets the bacteria and tries to destroy it, which is why skin in the affected area(s) becomes swollen and red.
The severity of inflammatory acne varies from tiny bumps to substantial cysts that may only be removed through surgery. It’s the more severe of the two types, and may lead to pitting or scarring.
Non-inflammatory acne refers to clogged follicles or pores that become infected by bacteria. This leads to the formation of blackheads and whiteheads. However, non-inflammatory acne generally won’t cause discomfort or swelling.
What Creates Acne Scarring and How Can You Avoid It?
Acne can create brown or red marks on the skin, while more severe cases may lead to permanent scarring when nodules or cysts pop and the affected tissue is destroyed. Scars will remain visible even when the skin heals.
However, you may create acne scars if you squeeze or pick at your spots. It can be difficult to resist the urge to do so, especially when acne becomes painful, but popping pimples may leave an undesirable trace in your skin for decades. You may cover them up with make-up (such as foundation), or you might opt for treatment to reduce the visibility of scars on your face instead.
What Treatments are Available for Acne and Acne Scarring?
You can try various facial treatments to help fight acne and improve the appearance of acne scarring. People often try the following to combat inflammatory and non-inflammatory acne:
Four of the treatments available at Astra Medicare are:
The Perfect Derma Peel
The Perfect Derma Peel is a popular treatment for acne scarring. This chemical peel is packed with powerful ingredients including:
The Perfect Derma Peel can be customized to suit each patient’s personal needs.
Clear + Brilliant
Clear + Brilliant can improve the appearance of tissue affected by acne and make scarring less visible. This is a skin treatment effective enough to combat common signs of aging, either after or before they appear. The laser forms microscopic treatment zones in the skin’s upper layers, and encourages healthy tissue to replace damaged skin. Clear + Brilliant
This treatment is administered through multiple sessions lasting between 15 and 20 minutes each (on average). It can make skin look healthier and more youthful.
Glutathione IV Treatment
Our Glutathione IV treatment injects glutathione directly into the bloodstream. Glutathione is a natural antioxidant that manages production of melanin, which creates the skin’s pigment. A glutathione boost can promote brighter skin, and areas affected by acne scarring should look healthier overall.
Purifying Acne Facial
Astra Medicare’s Purifying Acne Facial is ideal for acne-prone skin. It helps bring impurities to the surface of the skin to allow for easier removal. Our specialists only use products designed for sensitive skin, all containing natural, anti-acne ingredients.
This facial can cultivate a clear complexion and fight against acne that proves particularly stubborn.
How Can You Book Your Consultation for Acne Treatment?
The Perfect Derma Peel, Clear + Brilliant, the Purifying Acne Facial, and Glutathione IV treatments are available at Astra Medicare today. Any of these will help acne and acne scarring in specific ways, but should all leave your skin looking better than ever.
Our professional team will examine your skin and discuss your needs in detail during a free consultation. This is a valuable opportunity to understand how we can help your acne, how we can treat scarring, and how we can make your skin look younger.
We can also recommend other facial treatments to improve the health and appearance of your skin, even after your acne subsides. Contact Astra Medicare now to schedule your consultation and discover the right treatment for your acne.
A Guide to Acne Scars at Any Age
Acne is incredibly common, affecting an estimated 85 percent of people between 12 and 24 years of age. However, while it’s easy to assume that acne will clear up by the time you’re well out of adolescence, it can affect adults at any age too.
And the scars it leaves behind may become a persistent problem.
Fortunately, modern techniques can treat acne scarring effectively. Certain technologies have the power to reduce its visibility and cultivate clearer, smoother skin.
But what causes acne? What types of acne scarring affect adults? And what treatments are available?
What causes acne?
Acne occurs when pores or hair follicles become clogged with dead skin cells and oil (produced naturally by the body). The face, forehead, upper back, chest, and shoulders may all be affected.
Why these areas? Because these have the most sebaceous (oil) glands, which remove old skin cells and lubricate the skin.
This causes various types of breakout, depending on the type of blockage affecting the pores or follicles. These include:
One or more of the following can trigger acne in people at any age:
This is a common cause of acne in people going through puberty. A particular type of hormone, androgens, increases in males and females, which causes the sebaceous glands to grow bigger.
These produce more sebum (oil) — and too much can cause pores and follicles to become clogged. Adults may experience acne breakouts as their hormones fluctuate with age or certain physical changes, such as pregnancy.
It’s believed that certain foods can contribute to, and exacerbate, acne. These include those high in refined carbohydrates (such as bread and white rice), dairy products, and junk food.
Stress can make acne worse, though it’s not believed to be a cause.
Drugs which contain testosterone, corticosteroids, and lithium may all contribute to acne.
A family history of acne could lead to acne, particularly if both parents had it.
What causes acne scarring?
Acne leaves two types of traces in its wake: red or brown marks, and scars.
The former type of trace will usually improve and become less visible over time, with no need for treatment.
But acne scars are different. These are permanent changes to skin resulting from severe forms of the condition, in which acne cysts or nodules burst and destroy tissue. This remains unreplaced, even after healing, and leaves a clear indentation in the skin.
This is likely to become visible scarring that stays with the individual affected for the rest of their life.
Acne scars may also be caused by picking and squeezing pimples. It’s crucial that you keep your hands away from affected areas as much as you can: if you give in to the temptation to try to pop your spots, especially painful ones, you could leave your skin in worse condition for years to come.
People affected by acne scars may feel self-conscious, particularly in extreme cases. Make-up can help to conceal it as a temporary solution, though certain treatments are designed to reduce the visibility of acne scarring permanently.
What types of acne scars do I have?
There are multiple types of acne scarring:
Ice pick acne scars are small holes deep in the skin’s surface. As the name suggests, affected areas will look as if they have been pricked with a narrow-tipped instrument.
Boxcar scars have a shallow to medium depth, and tend to occur on the temples or cheeks. This type of acne scarring often responds well to treatment.
Rolling scars look like depressions or dips, so the skin appears uneven. This is the result of scar tissue forming beneath the surface.
A skincare specialist will be able to identify the type of scarring affecting you following a close examination.
What treatments are available for acne scars?
Astra Medicare’s team offers multiple treatments to minimize the visibility of acne scars:
Clear + Brilliant
Clear + Brilliant is an innovative laser treatment that rejuvenates the skin from the inside out. It forms microscopic treatment zones in the skin’s upper layers and replaces damaged cells with healthy ones. This leaves skin looking younger and healthier overall.
As Clear + Brilliant reduces the size of pores and balances pigmentation, it can improve the appearance of acne scarring on the face.
The Perfect Derma Peel
The Perfect Derma Peel is packed with such powerful ingredients as:
This is formulated to treat a number of skin disorders, including acne scars. The skin will be visibly smoother, refreshed, and healthier overall.
Results are typically noticeable after just one week, but this can vary from one patient to another.
Glutathione IV treatment
Glutathione is a natural antioxidant present in the human body, and it’s crucial for regulating the production of melanin (which gives skin its color).
Introducing extra glutathione to the bloodstream intravenously via Glutathione IV therapy can cause the skin to become brighter and healthier.
This may help to improve the appearance of areas affected by acne scarring and boost the general health of your skin.
How can I book a consultation for acne scar treatment?
Astra Medicare’s team is here to help treat your acne scars through one of our cutting-edge treatments. We’ll examine your skin thoroughly to determine the right option for you, based on the condition of your acne and/or scarring.
We’ll also recommend any other treatments we believe will benefit your skin and health overall. For example, Astramed Skincare products are designed to cultivate beautiful, clear skin with lasting results.
If you’re ready to start your journey to healthier skin, book your consultation with one of our experienced skincare experts in Brampton now!
Conquer Your Fear of Skin Disorders in 3 Simple Steps
Skin disorders can be difficult to live with, to say the least. And they affect millions of Canadians every year:
These (and numerous other) skin disorders have the potential to transform your appearance in drastic and unwelcome ways, particularly when they affect the face.
Sadly, people will notice issues (rashes, blemishes, hyperpigmentation, acne breakouts, severe dry skin, etc.) on your face immediately. This could leave you feeling self-conscious and reluctant to interact with people, even those you know well.
But if you’re worried about developing certain skin disorders, there are steps you can take to improve your skin’s condition and cultivate a healthier appearance overall. And below, we’ll look at three simple options with the power to achieve incredible results.
Clear + Brilliant
Astra Medicare has helped hundreds of patients with the revolutionary Clear + Brilliant treatment. And it may just work wonders for you too.
One of our experienced skincare specialists will apply a gentle laser to target areas on the face. This creates microscopic treatment zones in the skin’s upper layers, and causes healthy tissue to replace damaged skin.
Clear + Brilliant uses the patented Intelligent Optical Tracking technology: this ensures proper skin contact to achieve uniform application to target areas.
This treatment utilizes innovative technology but is still amazingly simple. A single Clear + Brilliant session will last just 15 to 20 minutes and will leave you with skin that looks both healthier and younger.
We’ve found that patients report an improvement in the overall appearance of their skin, specifically its texture and tone. The appearance of pores and fine lines can also be improved significantly.
Clear + Brilliant is generally recommended as a treatment to combat the signs of aging and prevent the development of fine lines/wrinkles. However, its ability to reduce the size of pores means it may help to enhance the appearance of skin affected by acne, particularly the scarring left in its wake.
Clear + Brilliant is also recommended for patients living with hyperpigmentation. This is a common condition manifesting as dark patches across the skin, which may occur on the face, the arms, or other areas of the body.
Hyperpigmentation can be caused by a number of factors, including:
When hyperpigmentation develops, the skin will start to look significantly different and could cause concern. But multiple Clear + Brilliant sessions may help to reduce the visibility of dark patches and create a more balanced skin tone.
Glutathione IV therapy
IV therapy has become a popular type of treatment in recent years, even among A-list stars like Madonna and Brad Pitt.
It’s a fantastic way to introduce nutrients and antioxidants into the body without taking oral supplements. Why?
Because administering the formulas intravenously enables them to bypass the gastrointestinal system and enter the bloodstream directly. Oral supplements and foods, even those packed with vitamins and minerals, can be stripped of much of their good stuff as they’re digested.
A wide range of IV therapy treatments are available, but one of the most effective to help you conquer your fear of skin disorders is Astra Medicare’s Glutathione IV option.
This is formulated to help your skin become lighter, brighter, and healthier overall. It’s an ideal solution if you have an uneven skin tone or hyperpigmentation, whether caused by hormonal fluctuations or sun damage.
Glutathione is an antioxidant that’s naturally present in the human body, that inhibits the production of melanin. As melanin is responsible for skin pigmentation, too much of it can create dark patches on the face and elsewhere, but introducing extra glutathione to the body will help to create a more balanced skin tone.
Our Glutathione IV therapy may also help to improve the appearance of blemishes and freckles, as well as reducing the visibility of liver spots. If you spend a lot of time outdoors and worry about developing hyperpigmentation, a course of glutathione IV therapy sessions could leave you with healthier, clearer, brighter skin overall.
The Perfect Derma Peel
The next step in conquering your fear of skin disorders is the Perfect Derma Peel.
This amazing treatment includes numerous powerful ingredients, such as:
We recommend the Perfect Derma Peel for a range of skin conditions and disorders. It’s known to help improve the appearance of acne scars, reduce the visibility of sun spots, and revitalize a dull, aging complexion brilliantly. It’s effective for all ethnicities and skin types.
The Perfect Derma Peel is almost entirely painless: there’s no skin preparation required ahead of the treatment, and little downtime is required. It’s also the only peel featuring glutathione.
This treatment can reduce or eliminate hyperpigmentation, melasma (a skin disorder similar to hyperpigmentation but caused by hormonal changes rather than sun exposure), and sun damage. It can leave acne scars less visible and reduce the appearance of pore size.
While the Perfect Derma Peel is effective at treating skin disorders, it also works to boost the overall texture and tone of your skin.
It stimulates collagen production to encourage more youthful, firmer skin too.
The Perfect Derma Peel could help you to fend off common signs of aging and minimize the visibility of specific skin disorders you may be living with.
How can you start taking these steps to combat skin disorders?
If you have acne, acne scars, hyperpigmentation, blemishes, or any other skin disorder, or you’re afraid of developing them, these three straightforward treatments may be just what you need.
Astra Medicare’s dedicated team will assess your skin and discuss your goals during your pre-treatment consultation. This is vital to understand the condition of your skin, and to ensure we provide you with the most effective treatment to achieve the best results.
Everything you need to know about Facial Acne
Facial acnecan bevery annoying and always have a tendency of popping out when you have to be at your very best. You will get facial acnejust before the big date, graduation or any other big day in your events calendar.
It is so unfortunate that we live in a generation where people will judge you based on how you look. If you have acnethere is a high chance that people will judge you wrongly.
What are acne?
Acne is a skin condition that develops when hair follicles plug with oil and dead skin cells.
Facial acnecan lower someone’s self-esteem. This shouldn’t be the case. Over 80% of people around the globe have had skin acneat some point in their lives. What makesthe difference are the measures you take in attempts to get rid of the acne.
If you want these annoying pimples you should seekthe services of professionals. At Astra MediSpa we have professional dermatologists who will see to it that you have a smooth and soft skin once again.
Types of acne
Causes of facial acne
It is clear that most people don’t know what causes facial acne. Well,worry no more. The following is a list of the major cause facial acne.
Dead skin- dead skin is the major cause of facial acnein adults. If the dead skin isn’t shed off in time it might pile up and as a result blocksthe pores.
Allergens- some people have a sensitive skin that reactswhen exposed to minor allergens.
Bacteria- this mainly happens if you don’t observe hygiene. This will cause bacteria to pile up in pores as leading to painful facial acne
Hormones- this mainly occurs inteenagers and women. Some hormones trigger the secretion of excess oil. The oil ends up blocking the poles leading to acne.
Purifying acne facial at Astra MediSpa
At Astra MediSpa we will help you get back your smooth and soft skin. We will deep cleanse your face bringing the impurities to the skin surface for easy and gentle removal. Give us a callor visit our contact pageto book an appointment.
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