Professional Acne Treatment for Body Acne

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In the previous article “What Causes Acne on the Back and Chest and How to Get Rid of It,” Dr. Hadley King of SKINNEY Medspa, gave the readers of Seventeen Magazine advice for helping get rid of acne using inexpensive acne treatments available at the drugstore, as well as some skin care tips to reduce environmental causes of body acne.

For the occasional body acne breakout or rogue pimple that pops up on your chest or butt, these acne home remedies can be effective. But for more severe acne that breakouts on the chest, back, butt, or anywhere else on the body, professional acne treatment may be necessary.

If you have facial acne or body acne that hasn’t responded to over the counter acne treatment or other home remedies for acne, check out the article below that details the numerous advances in laser and skin care technology that allows even the worst cases of body acne to be effectively treated.

How Can Professional Acne Treatment Clear Up Body Acne?

 

Professional acne treatment for body acne can be separated into 2 categories: prescription acne products, and acne treatments involving cosmetic lasers or professional exfoliating treatments. Your dermatologist may use one, or a combination of the two acne treatments to help reduce body acne.

Prescription Acne Medications and Acne Creams

 

When confronting serious cases of body acne with prescription acne products, your dermatologist may write you a script for either a topical cream or an oral medication.

1. Prescription Acne Cream

The best acne products that require a prescription from your doctor usually contain more concentrated levels of retinol or benzoyl peroxide than over the counter acne products. Retinol, which is basically Vitamin A, may help get rid of acne by decreasing inflammation that causes pores to swell, trapping oil and bacteria inside.

2. Prescription Acne Medication

For more severe cases of body acne, a dermatologist may prescribe oral medication. Certain medications, such as birth control can regulate the hormones notorious for causing break outs. Dermatologist may also prescribe an antibiotic, such as minocycline or doxycycline to help clear up the bacteria that clogs pores and leads to acne break outs on the back or chest.

Related Article: Body Acne Breakouts: Are Workout Clothes the Culprit?

Alternative Solutions for Treating Body Acne

Because prescription acne products have numerous contradictions and adverse side of effects, professional acne treatments from a laser and medical spa in NYC may be used instead of, or in combination with prescription acne products or medications.

Laser Acne Treatment

 

Cosmetic lasers have revolutionized the skin care industry. Using state of the art technology, laser technicians can safely treat body acne by applying controlled amounts of energy to effected areas. Thermal energy from the cosmetic lasers safely bypass surface tissues, penetrating deep into your skin’s pores.

According to scientific findings, thermal energy from laser skin resurfacing penetrates your skin’s pores, helping clear up acne in 2 ways:

1. Laser Acne Treatment Can Destroy Acne Causing Bacteria

Laser skin resurfacing penetrates clogged pores, exposing trapped bacteria to oxygen, which can destroy the bacteria, reducing inflammation and unclogging the pore.  ¹

The thermal energy from laser acne treatment can also destroy the bacteria that causes acne. According to a study titled “Lasers Alleviate Acne” published in the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, “Lasers and other light therapies target the wavelengths of the porphyrins [bacteria] in P. acnes to induce thermal damage that causes the bacterium’s destruction.”

2. Laser Acne Treatment Can Decrease Production of Sebum (the oil that can cause acne)

Thermal energy can also treat acne (and even reduce the appearance of acne scars) by reducing the size of the pore prone to trapping oil and bacteria. Another academic article published in the Seminars of Plastic Surgery, reports scientific findings that laser acne treatment “dramatically and safely improve inflammatory acne by partially shrinking the subcutaneous glands to reduce sebum [skin’s oil] production.” Describing the mechanism in layman terms, the thermal energy from laser acne treatment safely heats the sebaceous gland (the gland your skin uses to produce oils), essentially shrinking it, which reduces the amount of oil that gland can produce.

Other Professional Acne Treatment from a Medical Spa in NYC

 

Professional skincare treatments involving exfoliation, such as microdermabrasion or a chemical peel are also scientifically proven to improve acne, According to “Standard guidelines of care for chemical peels” published in the Indian Journal of dermatology “clinicians and patients often use chemical peels as an adjunct to medical therapy in acne because they produce complementary rapid therapeutic effects and improvements in skin appearance and textures”

Professional Treatments for Body Acne: Microdermabrasion and Chemical Peel 

 

The basic mechanisms of microdermabrasion or a chemical peel involves exfoliating the outermost layer of skin to remove dead skin cells that are notorious for clogging pores, and stimulating cellular turnover for fresher, healthier looking skin. Exfoliating with microdermabrasion or a chemical peel also helps topical acne medication to be better absorbed by the skin according to the previously mention findings from the Indian Journal of Dermatology.

With the various options for advanced treatment for body acne, it is important to consult with a skilled skincare professional who can explain your options and help you decide which course of professional acne treatment is right for you. For individuals seeking professional acne treatment in NYC, SKINNEY Medspa offers a free skin consultation with a skin care professional to help you decide which professional acne treatment is right for you. During your free skin consultation, you can also discuss how much acne treatments cost and other important information.

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