Acne is the most common skin condition and it affects 40 to 50 million Americans at any time, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. Fortunately, there are many safe and effective treatments. We provide acne treatments at Alta Vista Dermatology in Highlands Ranch, CO that can reduce, control, or eliminate acne.
What Causes Acne?
It is still debatable whether diet and acne are related or vitamin deficiency leads to acne. Other possible causes of acne include:
- Hormones – Acne symptoms start only after adequate levels of hormones are present during puberty.
- Stress – Both emotional and physical stress can aggravate acne.
- Genetics – If your parents had acne, your chances of developing acne are higher.
How Does Acne Develop?
During puberty, the pores release oil to protect the skin. However, when dead skin cells mix with the oil, the pores become clogged and bacteria may grow. If this seeps into nearby tissues, there may be swelling, redness, and pus. Acne can range from a few red spots, called pimples or pustules, to large, red, solid lumps that can be painful and leave scars. Although there are at-home remedies, we recommend visiting a board-certified dermatologist who can examine your skin, review your medical history, and recommend the right treatment for your skin type.
How is Acne Treated?
Regardless of the cause of your acne, the Alta Vista Dermatology team can deliver effective treatment. We provide laser therapy, which can reduce the bacteria in the skin. We can use chemical peels to treat blackheads and pimples. In addition, chemical peels rejuvenate the skin and they can be used for skin discoloration and other skin imperfections. Finally, we’re proud to offer AviClear™ for the treatment of mild to severe acne.
What is AviClear™ for Acne Treatment?
AviClear™ is an energy-based acne treatment that works by targeting the sebaceous glands. The sebaceous glands are responsible for creating oils in the skin, which are one of the primary causes of acne and acne breakouts. AviClear™ stops the creation of oils, producing shorter, less intense and more infrequent breakouts. Thanks to AviClear™, patients can eliminate acne at the source without the use of any medications or invasive techniques. AviClear™ treatments take only 30 minutes to perform. The AviClear™ device has a contact cooling component to keep the skin cool and comfortable throughout the duration of treatment.
Acne Extraction Treatment
For severe acne, when other treatments fail to help, we may recommend extraction treatment. This process involves using dedicated instruments to remove blackheads and fluids inside pimples. Acne extraction is great for quickly clearing up breakouts, and can also help prevent future breakouts from occurring.
Acne Scar Removal
For patients who have suffered from severe acne for an extended period of time, we offer acne scar removal treatments. Severe acne can leave scars on the skin that persist long after acne fades. For acne scars, we typically recommend chemical peels. Chemical peels remove the outermost, damaged layer of skin, allowing new, smooth, radiant skin to grow in its place. These treatments can also be effective for treating acne, making it an all-around effective acne solution.
There are many options for treating acne, and we will develop a unique, personalized treatment plan to ensure you get the best results possible. To learn more about our treatment options or to schedule an appointment, contact us today. We offer acne treatments to the residents of Denver, Highlands Ranch, and the surrounding areas of Colorado.
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