They may not come as a one-size-fits-all option, but with their evolution over time, acne treatments have become more scientific, effective and affordable. If prescription creams, multiple application gels, and antibiotics have stopped working for you, or you notice some side effects, it would be worthwhile to consider modern medical treatments that can be administered under expert supervision.
From chemical peels to different kinds of light therapies, several clinical procedures have proven to be beneficial in clearing stubborn acne.
Chemical peels and microdermabrasion may have previously been used to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines, sun damage and scars on weathered skin, but recent research considers these to be instrumental in controlling acne as well.
Chemical Peels: The process involves mild acidic solutions applied to the skin to help unclog pores, remove dead skin cells, whiteheads and blackheads. Chemical peels have also been attributed with stimulating the regeneration of new skin. While experts suggest that some sensitive skin surfaces may develop temporary redness and abnormal skin coloring after the treatment, such instances are rare and usually fade away within a few days.
Microdermabrasion: Microdermabrasion seems to have taken the buzz lately for acne and deep exfoliation treatments. During the treatment, tiny crystals are sprayed onto the area being treated to gently remove the epidermal layer. The technique is less vigorous than dermabrasion, and therefore does not require any numbing medicines. Microdermabrasion can simply be termed an exfoliation and skin rejuvenation treatment that gradually reveals a fresh layer of the skin after removing the weathered one.
Continuous exposure to pollution and daily wear and tear causes a certain type of bacteria to penetrate the skin layers and cause redness and swelling that normally occurs with acne. However, bacterial growth can be countered by exposing the skin to different wavelengths of light, particularly Blue light. Blue light therapies are known to be particularly effective in combatting acne vulgaris and encouraging cell growth for skin regeneration.
In recent years, light therapy or photo therapy has changed the face of acne treatments by presenting a painless, affordable and effective skin-clearing procedure. Photo therapy sessions can be administered in a skin doctor’s office, at home or under the supervision of a photo technician.
Depending on the severity of acne and skin sensitivity, before a light therapy treatment, the skin may be applied with a sensitizing medication to make it more responsive to the light. The pulsed light and heat energy that radiates the skin during photo therapy has demonstrated phenomenal results in killing acne causing bacteria and shrinking the sebaceous glands.
A typical light therapy procedure lasts for around 17-20 minutes; and is safe and comfortable without any long-lasting side effects.