[vc_row][vc_column][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][vc_video link=”https://youtu.be/G7a-JT6_ORk”][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][vc_video link=”https://youtu.be/yrXbY7ZXvtI”][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_column_text]At AboutSkin Dermatology, our team of providers consult with patients of all ages on the topic of acne. Acne is an unfortunate reality for about 80% of the population, and it is not exclusive to adolescents. Men and women well past their teenage years often experience breakouts.

Dealing with acne is often frustrating and challenging. Breakouts are hard to cover up and seem to come on at the most inconvenient times. Many people with acne experience lowered self-confidence and even depression. Regardless of age, the emotional impact of acne is well-known, which is why we have assembled an extensive array of treatment options that we can tailor to the individual patient.

Commonly, individuals who suffer from acne first reach for over-the-counter ointments or face wash. With so many options to choose from, it can be a dizzying process picking a product that is going to work. Applying these treatments too often or in combination, however, may simply cause further irritation. Prepackaged kits consisting of a morning and nighttime regimen can help alleviate the confusion, but they are on often either ineffective or have short-lived results. Patients with more than milder forms of acne usually require a prescription regimen in addition to their over-the-counter regimen.

Every patient has unique skin qualities, sensitivities, types of acne lesions, areas of involvement, and breakout triggers. Developing an acne treatment plan, therefore, is most successful after an in-depth evaluation and examination of the patient’s skin.

Acne is best managed by a combination treatment approach. At AboutSkin Dermatology, we will work with you to develop a comprehensive plan based on your specific concerns and most recent published research.  Combining the proven benefits of over-the-counter products, prescription medications, and acne-focused procedures, your Dermatology provider at AboutSkin Dermatology can help you find the relief you are looking for.

Light-based therapies, microdermabrasion with dermal infusion, and chemical peels are safe and effective treatments that can supplement your current regimen. Although they are not meant to replace topical or systemic medications, they are very effective methods to enhance and speed resolution of acne. All of the procedures outlined below require maintenance regimens to sustain their effect.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]AboutSkin Dermatology offers the following advanced acne-focused procedures:

Microdermabrasion with Dermal Infusion (SilkPeel, DermaSweep)

  • This is not ordinary microdermabrasion, which is a procedure that is designed to simply exfoliate the outer skin layer. We use advanced forms of microdermabrasion, SilkPeel and Dermasweep, that enable us to infuse acne fighting chemicals into your skin during the procedure.
  • This is an excellent option for short term improvement in acne as well as skin texture and tone.
  • Side effects are minimal making it an excellent “lunchtime” procedure.
  • Microdermabrasion with dermal infusion is often used in combination with chemical peels, laser, or light treatments to enhance their results.
  • Routinely scheduled procedures every 3-6 weeks are necessary to achieve and maintain maximal results.
  • Each treatment will require about 30 minutes of your time and will be performed by one of our Aestheticians.

Chemical Peels

  • Chemical Peels are used to exfoliate the outer layer of the skin by the controlled application of salicylic acid, glycolic acid, or Jessner’s solution. Studies show significant resolution of facial whiteheads and blackheads, pimples, and pustules associated with acne as well as improvement in skin texture and pigmentation.
  • Peels do not replace topical or systemic medications, but they are very effective in enhancing and speeding the resolution of acne. They can be used safely in skin of color and help resolve the hyperpigmentation that is caused by acne.
  • Side effects of chemical peels include redness, dryness, burning, and crusting all of which are temporary, lasting 3-5 days on average depending on the strength of your peel.
  • Chemical peels are often used in combination with microdermabrasion, laser, or light treatments to enhance their results.
  • Routinely scheduled procedures every 3-6 weeks are necessary to achieve and maintain maximal results.
  • Each treatment will require about 30 minutes of your time and will be performed by one of our Aestheticians.

Acleara (Laser-like vacuum assisted procedure)

Available at our main office in Greenwood Village

  • May combine Acleara with DermaSweep (Microdermabrasion with Dermal Infusion) for enhanced results.
  • Acleara is the latest acne clearing system that uses laser-like light and suction to treat the whiteheads, blackheads, and pimples of mild to moderate acne. Acleara provides deep cleaning of pores by extracting accumulated sebaceous material, and it provides targeted heating of sebaceous glands and reduction of inflammation and redness. Acleara is FDA cleared to treat acne and is safe for all skin types.
  • Acleara is not meant to replace your prescription acne products, but it will speed up your response to those treatments.

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  • Patients who do not respond to their prescription medications are often choosing Acleara as an alternative to Accutane (isotretinoin), which has potential serious side effects.
  • Side effects of Acleara are minimal with 2-3 days of mild redness and swelling, and possible spotty bruising that can last up to 1 week.
  • We have seen excellent responses with treatments spaced one week apart.
  • Each treatment takes 30 minutes and is performed by one of our Aesthetician.

Photodynamic Therapy (PDT)

Available only at our office on SkyRidge Campus at Lone Tree

  • Phototherapy is light and laser based treatment of acne that is becoming more popular as a safe and effective acne treatment. When combined with Levulan, a photosensitizing chemical that is applied to the skin in the office, the procedure is called Photodynamic Therapy (PDT).
  • An increasing number of studies confirm the efficacy of PDT. Rox Anderson M.D, Professor of Dermatology at Harvard Medical School and pioneer of laser and light treatments in dermatology, recently stated “I think there really are patients you can cure with high-dose aggressive photodynamic therapy. In my experience, it’s more effective than oral retinoids (Accutane). It’s something you want to reserve for patients who have more severe acne.” (Skin and Allergy News, March 2011)
  • Best results are achieved when combined with a standard prescription acne regimen or with another procedure such as chemical peels.
  • Side effects of PDT include marked pain during the procedure, and temporary swelling, redness, and crusting. Complete healing is typical about one week after treatment.
  • 3-4 treatments are necessary for maximal results. Treatments are often spaced about 4 weeks apart. Each treatment is performed in the office and will require 3-4 hours of your time, so bring your iPAD or reading material. You will be required to completely avoid sunlight for 48 hours after each treatment session.
  • Additional targeted treatment of flared lesions using pulsed dye laser (PDL) may be offered: $250 per treatment.
  • We recommend that you take a cold sore prophylactic medication (acyclovir or Valtrex) around the time of this procedure, especially if you have had cold sores in the past.

You deserve to feel great about the way you look. Don’t let acne steal your confidence. Contact us today.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]