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What causes acne
breakouts and scars?

Acne affects most people at some point in their lives. It begins with the overproduction of sebum, an oily substance that clogs hair follicles along with dead skin cells. This creates a fertile environment for the proliferation of P. acnes bacteria, leading to inflammation and the formation of pimples, blackheads, and whiteheads. Hormonal changes, genetics, and certain medications can exacerbate these processes, contributing to persistent acne.

Left untreated, acne breakouts can lead to scarring. There are two primary types of acne scars: atrophic and hypertrophic. Atrophic scars are characterized by depressions in the skin, resulting from the loss of tissue during healing. Hypertrophic scars, on the other hand, occur when there’s an excess of collagen, leading to raised, bumpy areas. Both types of scars can persist long after acne has cleared, impacting skin texture and appearance.

Signs and symptoms of acne breakouts and scars:

  • Raised, red bumps on the skin’s surface (pimples)
  • Open comedones, dark in color due to oxidization (blackheads)
  • Closed comedones, small, flesh-colored bumps (whiteheads)
  • Redness, swelling, and tenderness around affected areas
  • Dark spots left behind after acne lesions heal (hyperpigmentation)
  • Depressed areas on the skin, such as icepick, boxcar, or rolling scars (atrophic scars)
  • Raised, thickened areas of scar tissue (hypertrophic scars)
  • Post-inflammatory erythema and persistent redness
  • Sensitivity or pain experienced around active acne lesions

Your acne treatment options at Amethyst Wellness

During your consultation, we thoroughly examine your skin type, considering factors such as oiliness, sensitivity, and existing conditions. This guides us in tailoring a personalized treatment plan suited to your specific needs and goals. We offer numerous acne treatment options to target the root causes of acne breakouts, such as the p.acnes bacteria, inflammation, and excess sebum production. We also offer treatments to boost collagen production and fill in the depressions and atrophic scars left by persistent acne.

Chemical Peels

Chemical peels work by applying a solution containing various acids, such as alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs) or beta-hydroxy acids (BHAs), to the skin. These acids penetrate the epidermis, exfoliating the top layer of dead skin cells and unclogging pores. By removing the outermost layer of skin, chemical peels promote cell turnover. This helps to reduce acne breakouts by preventing pores from becoming blocked with oil and debris. Additionally, chemical peels can improve the appearance of acne scars by stimulating collagen production.

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Facials involve a multi-step process that deeply cleanses the skin, removing impurities, excess oil, and dead skin cells. The use of steam during facials helps to open pores, making it easier to extract blackheads and whiteheads. Exfoliation further helps to unclog pores and remove surface debris, reducing the likelihood of future breakouts. Additionally, customized masks containing ingredients like salicylic acid or sulfur may be used to target acne-causing bacteria, reduce inflammation, and balance oil production, contributing to overall clearer skin.

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Sciton BBL (BroadBand Light) utilizes advanced light technology to target acne-causing bacteria and reduce inflammation in the skin. The broad spectrum of light emitted by BBL penetrates deep into the skin, where it heats and destroys P. acnes bacteria, responsible for acne formation. This process helps to clear existing breakouts and prevent future ones. Additionally, BBL stimulates collagen production, promoting skin regeneration and reducing the appearance of acne scars over time.

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MOXI Laser

MOXI Laser uses fractional laser technology to address acne scars and improve overall skin texture and tone. The laser creates microscopic channels in the skin, triggering the body’s natural healing response and stimulating collagen production. This collagen remodeling process helps to fill in depressed acne scars and smooth out uneven skin texture. Additionally, MOXI Laser targets hyperpigmentation associated with acne scars, promoting a more even skin tone. The controlled thermal injury leads to firmer, more youthful-looking skin over time.

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Microneedling, also known as collagen induction therapy, involves using a device equipped with fine needles that create tiny punctures in the skin. These micro-injuries stimulate the body’s natural wound-healing process, triggering the production of collagen and elastin. As collagen and elastin fibers rebuild, they improve the appearance of acne scars by filling in depressions and smoothing out uneven texture. Additionally, microneedling enhances the penetration of topical treatments, allowing for better absorption of acne-fighting ingredients.

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Acne FAQs

How do I know which acne treatment is right for me?

The most suitable acne treatment depends on factors such as your skin type, the severity of your acne, and any underlying conditions. Our aesthetic providers will assess your skin type and concerns during the consultation to recommend the most appropriate acne treatment(s).

Are there any lifestyle changes I can make to help improve my acne?

Yes, several lifestyle modifications can promote clearer skin, such as maintaining a consistent skincare routine, avoiding excessive sun exposure, managing stress levels, maintaining a healthy diet rich in fruits and vegetables, and avoiding picking or squeezing acne lesions.

How long does it take to see results from acne treatment?

The timeline for seeing results depends on the chosen treatment, the severity of your acne, and individual factors. While some treatments yield visible improvements within a few weeks, others may require several months of consistent use to achieve optimal results.

Can acne treatments prevent future breakouts?

Yes, many acne treatments not only target existing breakouts but also help prevent future ones by addressing the underlying causes of acne, such as excess oil production and bacterial overgrowth, thus helping with long-term acne management.

Should I avoid wearing makeup if I have acne?

While certain makeup products may exacerbate acne or clog pores, many brands offer non-comedogenic or oil-free formulations specifically designed for acne-prone skin. Additionally, removing makeup thoroughly before bedtime can help minimize breakouts.

Radiance from the inside out

Amethyst Wellness is dedicated to enhancing your natural radiance from the inside out. Our comprehensive acne treatments not only target surface-level concerns but also promote overall skin health and vitality. By addressing the root causes of acne breakouts and scars, we help you achieve clear, luminous skin that radiates confidence. Schedule a consultation today to discover personalized treatment options tailored to your unique needs.

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