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Acne Has Ruined My Life. What Should I Do?

Some individuals experience such bad acne that they feel as if their life is ruined and find themselves asking, “How can acne not ruin my life?” You don’t have to feel like this though! The dermatologists at the Dermatology & Mohs Surgery Institute understand why you feel this way and are a skilled team that can help provide acne treatments so you can feel more confident.

Why Do I Have Acne?

Although you may feel alone if you are experiencing bad acne, it actually is the most common skin disease. Acne can occur in both men and women regardless of their age. Some may experience it in their teen years, while others don’t experience it until their mid 30s. Different factors play into why you may experience acne, such as age, genetics, and other skin conditions.

People with acne typically begin to experience it in their teenage years as their hormone levels start to rise. As hormones change, they over-stimulate the sebaceous glands, leading to an excess production of oil. This results in clogged pores, blackheads, and whiteheads, also known as acne. Some have acne that disappears after a few weeks and occasionally have flare ups, and others have to live with it throughout their entire teen years and possibly even into their adult years. It can be embarrassing and often leads to a lack of confidence and social withdrawal. Fortunately, you have options to help get rid of the acne, and although you want to know how to get rid of acne fast, the treatment options that are possible will take some time to see results.

Can Acne Ruin Your Life?

While your acne may feel as if it is ruining your life, you can’t let it take control over you. There are many treatment options available to help you get control of your acne and be confident in your own skin. After you have visited a dermatologist for your acne, they will share different treatment options with you based on the severity of the condition. For example, they may recommend having regular chemical peels done.

A chemical peel helps to relieve any mild scarring that may be visible on the face as a result of bad acne. Chemical peels can be light, medium, or deep, depending on the desired results. During a chemical peel, surface layers of the skin are removed. A chemical solution is applied to the skin, neutralized, then washed off. In the following days and weeks, the skin sloughs off, revealing bright, younger skin and a minimized appearance of acne scars. Chemical peels should be performed every six to eight weeks to see the best results.

In addition to a chemical peel, a dermatologist may recommend light therapies. Light therapies are great at healing acne scars. High frequency light therapy uses a glass electrode to create a sparking effect over the skin. It eliminates bacteria and inflammation deep within the skin while helping to minimize acne scars. Results are seen after one treatment, but they need to be continued for the best results.

With so many treatment options available, a dermatologist can help you get rid of your acne, and it is possible for your skin to recover from acne. If you are in Bloomington, Illinois or the surrounding areas, complete this form. Our skilled dermatologists will work with you to gain your confidence back while treating your acne.

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