Don’t LIVE With Your Acne, Get Professional Help!

May 2nd, 2016 by Dr. Michael Glass

Professional Acne Treatment Options


Are you struggling with unwanted acne? Have you tried DIY products or over-the-counter treatments that just don’t work? If so, it might be time to consider getting professional help.

For individuals who struggle with moderate to severe acne, it can be very difficult to properly control or treat it. Oftentimes, generic over-the-counter treatments like masks, charcoals, creams, and even DIY home remedies are not enough to tackle severe acne cases.

Stop living with treatable acne and consider some professional treatment options! Esteem Medical Spa & Salon offers an excellent selection of acne treatment options for patients in Reno and the surrounding area.


All Acne is Not Created Equal


There are a number of treatment options available, and different treatments may be more or less effective for different skin types.

Essentially, clogged skin pores cause acne. In more advanced cases, bacteria can get lodged deep in the pores, causing the pore to become inflamed where it can cause a cyst or nodule, this type of acne is called cystic acne.Acne-Formation-Mechanism-Graphic

The American Academy of Dermatology grades the types of acne based on its severity. Grade 1 is mild acne where grade 4 is severe. People with mild acne can generally see successful results from over the counter treatments like face scrubs or pads. However, those with moderate to severe cases may require more powerful professional treatments.

It is also important to keep in mind that the results of acne treatment products and procedures will vary from person to person. The ideal treatment for your particular skin condition will vary depending on your individual needs. This is why it is best to visit a professional. Even if you do not require more advanced treatment or prescriptions, a specially trained medical professional can help you design the best home treatment method for your skin type.

Start Thinking About Getting Treated

Most people are probably familiar with products containing salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide, as they can often be found as the active ingredient in products Woman using acne productavailable at your local drugstore. Keep in mind that users with mild to moderate acne will likely not begin to see results until after a few weeks of use. Additionally, these types of treatments do not fully treat your acne, but rather maintain it. Meaning when you stop using the product, your acne will likely return.

If you have tried every available over-the-counter cream, scrub, lotion, and option out there to no avail, it may be time to consider professional strength acne treatments.

Patients who are aware of their level of severity and grade of acne, and are interested in undergoing professional grade treatments should contact a highly qualified medical spa, such as Esteem Medical Spa & Salon in Reno. Dr. Glass and his highly trained aestheticians can help formulate a treatment plan that is best suited to you.


Types of Professional Acne Treatments Available


If you have decided that your acne requires a level of treatment that cannot be achieved through traditional creams or facemasks, it is time to learn more about the different procedures available.


Chemical PeelsChemical peel at a medical spa

A chemical peel is a medical-grade chemical compound that can be used to exfoliate and peel away dead skin, bacteria, acne, and acne scars. The end result is a smoother, blemish-free face. This is an excellent refinishing option and different types of chemical peels are available to help tackle even the most deep-rooted bacteria.


Photodynamic Therapy (PDT)

PDT treatment involves a chemical solution known as a photosensitizer and a light. The solution is applied to the affected area and then exposed to a specialized light to activate the medicine. The chemical reaction eliminates the P. Acnes bacteria living in the sebaceous glands, and inactivates the sebum producing glands themselves lowering the production of oil in the skin.

At Esteem, we use the Blu-U® Blue Light Photodynamic Therapy in the treatment of moderate to severe acne.


Silk Peel

Silk peels are another great option for patients who wish to treat mild facial acne. Silk peels exfoliate skin and promote natural cell regeneration. The silk peel dermalinfusion treatment introduces a topical dermaceutical into the skin, helping it stimulate cell growth. Additionally, it is a relaxing and comfortable procedure so you can get long-lasting results without experiencing any discomfort.


Prescription Medications

For more severe acne cases medications can be prescribed to you by a qualified and experienced medical skin care professional.

Teenager with beautiful skinThese can include Isotretinoin or antibiotics. Isotretinoin is a powerful medicine that is designed for the treatment of acne, at one point known as Accutane. Its considerable list of side effects is what prevents it from being a more popular option, but it can be a wonderful treatment option for those with very serious acne.

Antibiotics can be used to help reduce the buildup of bacteria in your skin, which can help prevent new acne from forming.


One Step Closer to Beautiful Skin

What are you waiting for? You CAN have that beautiful, blemish-free skin you have always dreamed of! Residents of Reno, NV, and the neighboring communities are invited to contact Esteem Medical Spa & Salon to schedule a consultation at our office.