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How to Reduce Acne and Restore Confidence with Cosmetic Treatments

How to Reduce Acne and Restore Confidence with Cosmetic Treatments

Pimples, scarring, embarrassment and more are just a few ways to describe dreaded acne and unfortunately, all ages and any gender is susceptible to it. Whether you rarely experience it or experience it constantly there are many cosmetic treatments available that can help restore your confidence after suffering from acne. The dermatologists at Dermatology & Mohs Surgery Institute provide their patients with the best acne treatments suitable for your skin and severity of condition.


Simple Personal Steps To Reducing Acne

Luckily, acne can almost always be controlled. If you are experiencing acne, wash your face twice everyday with mild soap and a non-drying cleanser. When washing your face make sure not to wash too vigorously because the skin can become irritated and the acne can become worse. It is also important not to pick or squeeze pimples because it could cause an infection, inflammation or scarring. Additionally, make sure any cosmetics used on your face are non-comedogenic and try to wear sunscreen daily. Lastly, over-the-counter medications and/or having clinical facials can help reduce acne and restore your confidence.

Benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid over-the-counter products can help keep new acne from forming and facials that include salicylic acid peels help exfoliate and reduce bacteria levels of the skin. While you try to reduce your acne there is a potential that acne scarring may be left behind, but there are a variety of acne treatments available to help.


DOT and Fraxel for Acne Scarring

Between DOT, Fraxel and high frequency treatments you can cut acne and its’ remnants out of your life once and for all. Dermal Optical Thermolysis (DOT) therapy (DOT) is for those with scars left behind from acne and can be performed safely on nearly anyone. DOT utilizes a “dot” pattern to create thousands of microscopic perforations in the skin while leaving the areas around each dot intact. This allows the skin to heal more quickly than with more traditional resurfacing lasers.

Fraxel Repair is an acne scar treatment providing fractional deep dermal ablation via laser technology. This treatment is less intense that a traditional laser treatment and ideal for resurfacing soft tissues, improving pigmentation, and eliminating redness and broken blood vessels. Fraxel Re:store laser treatments are specifically designed to treat damaged skin by stimulating the body’s natural production of new collagen and skin cells. This treatment is best for general resurfacing and provides a quick healing time.


High Frequency Laser Treatment

If you are not a candidate for DOT, Fraxel Re:pair, Fraxel Re:store, high frequency laser treatments may be a better option for you. Each are specifically designed for unique instances of acne scarring, so there isn’t always a “one-size-fits-all” solution.

High frequency laser treatments are specifically developed for the treatment of acne scarring. During this treatment, a glass electrode is applied to the skin, creating a sparking effect. This effect eliminates bacteria and inflammation deep within the pimple and requires minimal downtime for recovery.


Choosing Treatment for You

Given the variety of acne scar treatments, it is important to consider the benefits of each and which applies best to the kind of scarring you are experiencing. Since DOT, Fraxel Re:pair, Fraxel Re:store, and high frequency treatments will all provide different results, we recommend consulting a dermatologist to discuss the potential benefits and risks of each treatment.

If you live in Bloomington, Illinois or the surrounding areas, fill out this form to meet with a dermatologist from Dermatology & Mohs Surgery Institute to find the best acne treatment for you.

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