(INTENSE PULSED LIGHT TREATMENTS)
Acne can occur at any age — and often at exactly the wrong moment. Acne
can be tough to defeat on your own. Fortunately, new treatment advances
have made it possible to bring even the most stubborn cases under control
and reduce the scars of old flare–ups.
To understand how these treatments work, you need to know the basics about how acne develops: An overproduction of oil (sebum) and dead skin cells cause hair follicles to become plugged, resulting in whiteheads and blackheads. The bacteria that reside in those plugged follicles then begin to multiply, causing the formation of pimples and painful beneath–the–surface cysts.
Acne treatments work by 1) reducing oil production, 2) accelerating the turnover of skin cells to keep pores open, and 3) fighting bacterial infection. Combination therapies use two or more of these treatment approaches.
At Zel, we offer individualized, highly effective acne treatments and regimens. To ensure the very best results, we often recommend a combination of therapies.
Chemical Peels: Glycolic acid, salicylic acid and other chemicals can help unplug skin pores by removing dead cells, as well as whiteheads and blackheads. These treatments also help generate new skin growth.
Laser Therapy: Laser therapies zap and destroy overzealous sebaceous glands in the dermis, or thick middle layer of skin, without damaging the skin’s surface. Some lasers also promote the growth of collagen (the skin’s natural “filler”), thus helping to “plump up” acne scars. Zel owns several types of state–of–the–art lasers specifically designed for the treatment of acne.
Microdermabrasion/Vibradermabrasion This procedure unclogs pores by blowing
tiny crystals onto the skin, gently exfoliating dead cells. During this “polishing” of
the skin, a vacuum tube simultaneously removes the crystals and the dead cells,
thus revealing skin that is clearer and smoother.
Phototherapy (Intense Pulsed Light Treatments): Exposing skin to special light can help destroy the bacterium (P. acnes) that contributes to acne inflammations. Some light therapies use blue light; other use pulses of green/yellow light combined with heat.