Acne is a difficult process to improve because it involves four processes in the skin:
- Excess oil production
- Dead Skin Cells
That is why treating acne takes a multi-treatment approach. Unfortunately, conventional skin cleaning methods are minimally effective at getting rid of acne. Face washes and scrubs can clear away dirt and some oil, but they fail to penetrate deep into the pores where the acne bacteria thrive. You should avoid the temptation to scrub harshly, as this can damage your skin. Still, there are a few things you can do at home to combat acne.
Keep your skin clean and your pores clear. That means avoiding heavy makeup, hair products that can get on your skin (like pomades or fragrances), sun exposure, and touching your face. Moisturize your skin using noncomedogenic lotions, which don’t contribute to acne. Over-the-counter acne treatments also help some people. At Dr. Javaheri’s Office, we offer cosmetic acne treatments that are much more effective than home remedies. Sometimes IPL treatments are combined with chemical peels, facials and microdermabrasion to treat all aspects of acne. Our approach is non-surgical, but that still leaves a wide variety of cosmetic treatments to choose from.
IPL Treatments for Acne
IPL treatments deliver pulses of light – IPL stands for “Intense Pulsed Light” – directly to your skin, which can kill bacteria and even out your skin tone. This is not a laser treatment; rather, the IPL device delivers light pulses of varying wave lengths. These can be used to target and treat skin cells in ways that lasers cannot. For this reason, it is often especially effective at treating acne rosacea.
Physician directed skin care is imperative to combat oil production, even out pH levels and kill bacteria. Ask us about our 10 Step Acne Program which attacks acne on all four sides! To get started, contact us to schedule your consultation with Dr. Javaheri at our San Francisco or Berkeley offices today.