All Tricks, No Treats. Adult Acne is Another Reason to Hide Your Face this Halloween.by Melissa France on Oct 28, 2012 • 8:29 am 4 Comments
Do you struggle with constant breakouts even though you are well into your adult years? Acne is the most common skin disorder in the world, effecting both men & women of all races & ages, and it can often have a deep emotional and psychological effect on people. For most of us acne clears up after adolescence and leaves no noticeable scars. For others, acne can last well into their 30s, 40s and beyond. I am not talking about a couple of pimples here and there. In less than 5 second online, you can find thousands of photos of people who are struggling with debilitating acne. Acne is not picky…it can show up anywhere on your body, however, it is more difficult to conceal when it is on your face.
Acne regardless of sex and age is caused by over production of sebum, an oily substance produced by the skin’s sebaceous glands when they get stimulated by hormones. Sebum clogs pores and provides food and ideal environment for the bacteria to grow and cause the inflammation we see and know as acne. Blackheads are often the first sign of clogged pores. “Blackheads are those annoying little blackish or yellowish bumps embedded in the pores of our skin. Medical practitioners classify blackheads as a type of acne, called open comedones. Blackheads are the first stage of acne, before bacteria invade the pore and cause infection and inflammation.” explains LA based Board Certified Dermatologist, Dr. Alex Khadavi, MD.
Acne most commonly occurs when our hormones become unbalanced- specifically for women during their menstrual cycle, pregnancy and menopause. For some adults, breakouts are a result of hypersensitivity or overproduction of androgens (male hormones). But an imbalance in both male and female hormones (estrogen) can also cause breakouts.
Acne can range from mild whiteheads, blackheads and raised bumps called papules to severe nodules and cysts. Each type of acne has a recommended treatment regimen. With the slew of over the counter acne remedies, it can be confusing and overwhelming to know which products or treatments will work for you. Acne can be treated successfully by your dermatologist who will treat the cause of your acne, not just the symptoms. Generally, there are two principals of acne treatment.
First, address and minimize the cause of acne which is plugged oil gland openings. Second, prevent the overgrowth of bacteria in the plugged oil glands. Many prescribed topical medications are designed to minimize clogged pores, such as Retin-A, Azelex, Differin or Tazorac. Antibacterial lotions, gels, creams or oral antibiotics are used to prevent bacterial overgrowth.
Dermatologist, Dr. Alex Khadavi, has developed a comprehensive, clinically proven acne solution that goes beyond the clogged pores and bacteria. Clearogen is designed to clear skin and eliminate symptoms before they even start. ”I developed Clearogen after becoming frustrated with the existing acne treatments that only addressed the symptoms of acne by killing the bacteria and opening the pores without addressing its root cause, the hormones. The main culprit is DHT (Dihydro- Testosterone), a byproduct of Testosterone, made within the skin of both men and women. DHT stimulates the oil glands to produce excessive oil which leads to clogged pores and oily skin.” Clearogen is a 3 step acne control system including a foaming cleanser, clarifying toner and acne lotion.
Clinical testing has shown that with proper use, Clearogen safely and effectively reduces existing acne and prevents new ones. Clearogen starts working from day one stopping DHT, normalizing skin’s oil production while killing the bacteria and unclogging the pores to clear existing acne and restore your skin’s natural beauty.
If you have acne and traditional topical solutions and antibiotics are not working for you, Acleara may be the answer. This breakthrough acne treatment technology uses broad band light and suction to clear clogged pores and help prevent future breakouts. A vacuum cleans pores by extracting buildup of sebaceous material. Along with the targeted heating of sebaceous glands, the broadband light activates your body’s natural defense against bacteria and sebum production. Acleara is virtually painless, can take as little as 10 minutes and provides immediate results.
Acleara treatment is available in Denver at the Asarch Center for Dermatology and Laser.
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Lafayette Welcomes The Acne Lab!
The Acne Lab is a brand new consultation and treatment center opened by Aesthetician and Acne Care Expert, Corinne Kingery. Focused exclusively on acne treatment and recovery, the acne lab has a threefold mission:
- Remedy: Eliminate current and future acne.
- Repair: Re-establish the overall health and appearance of the skin.
- Reveal: Techniques and products that help you put your best face forward.
“The Acne Lab has not re-invented the wheel, nor does it offer products that claim to be a miracle in a bottle…the treatment of acne should be an intensive educational experience for clients so that they know how to use the right products in the right way. This education provides the client with an understanding of how acne develops (regardless of the triggers) and how to achieve clear skin.” explains Kingery.
To learn more about the services that The Acne Lab provides, call (720) 414-2263 or visit www.theacnelab.com.
101 E Chester Street
Lafayette, CO 80026
Open Tuesday & Thursday afternoons from 3 to 7pm, Saturdays 9-4pm
Melissa is the founder and author of beauty around town and has been writing professionally for 5 years. Originally from Ohio, Melissa has lived in Denver since 1997. With a deep understanding of the aesthetic industry and a strong belief that when you look your best, you feel your best- Melissa is happy to be able to share her experience with you and write genuine product reviews, beauty advice and tips.