Acne is a very common inflammatory condition affecting the hair follicles. Over 80 percent of the world’s population develop acne at some point in their life. While it is most common in teenagers and young adults, anybody can develop acne. Below is more information about this condition and when you should consider acne treatment in Mississauga.
Every hair follicle has a single hair and many sebaceous glands that produce an oily substance called sebum. Under normal conditions, the sebum travels up the hair and onto the skin’s surface. Sometimes, however, the glands produce too much sebum, and it clogs the patient’s pores. A bacterium called Propionibacterium acnes then inflames the blocked pore and causes the characteristic blemishes of acne.
While acne can develop anywhere, it is most common on those parts of the body that have a lot of sebaceous glands. Thus, acne usually develops on the face, back, scalp, neck, shoulders, chest, or upper arms.
How Is Acne Treated?
While there is no real cure for acne, there are treatments that can control it. Here at Silk MedSpa in Mississauga, we use IPL therapy.
IPL stands for “intense pulsed light” and describes a powerful light with multiple wavelengths. The light penetrates to the deeper layers of the skin, and it works by killing the bacteria and shrinking the sebaceous glands so they will produce less oil.
A typical treatment takes around 15 minutes, and most patients will need four to eight sessions to get the desired results. Most patients undergo one treatment per month.
When Should Someone Consider Acne Treatment?
The milder forms of acne, like blackheads and whiteheads, can usually be treated at home with over-the-counter medications. A patient with this type of acne, however, should call the doctor if their acne hasn’t improved after around three months of treatment. They should definitely call the doctor if their acne is getting worse.
There are several types of acne:
- Blackheads and whiteheads
Blackheads and whiteheads are also sometimes called comedones or non-inflammatory acne. They lack the swelling seen in inflammatory acne. The other four types of acne are all inflammatory, and the blemishes will be red and swollen. Papules are hard and tender, and pustules are filled with pus.
Nodules and cysts are large and painful blemishes that penetrate the deeper skin layers. They are the most severe kind of acne, and they are also the most likely to cause scarring. Nodules and cysts also don’t respond to any over-the-counter medications, so a patient with nodular or cystic acne needs to call their dermatologist.
Regardless of type or severity, acne can affect a patient’s self-esteem. If someone with acne feels so self-conscious that they are skipping social events, they should also consider visiting Silk MedSpa in Mississauga, Toronto, or Thornhill for acne treatment. Contact us today to schedule your acne treatment consultation!