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Acne

ACNE

by on Jan.24, 2010, under Acne, Conditions

Controlling Acne – A Comprehensive Anti-Acne Program

Acne pimples, cysts, blackheads and whiteheads can ravage a young person’s skin and destroy self-esteem. The best time to begin acne treatment is as soon as it becomes evident. Acne usually progressively worsens if untreated. Prevention and control is preferred – before acne has had a chance to take over and cause scarring and psychological damage.

Acne affects approximately 80% of the population. It’s an inherited skin condition that is controlled by prescription medications, hormone therapy, topical products, Affirm Laser Treatment, XPL, and Chemical Peels.

Acne Affected Areas

  • Face
  • Neck
  • Chest
  • Shoulders
  • Back

Acne is not just a teen’s concern. Many adults well into their 30′s, 40′s and even 50′s still suffer from outbreaks. It is never a good idea to “wait” for acne to go away. In some instances irreversible scarring takes place which becomes costly to even improve.

Acne is a serious problem and it is never taken lightly or dismissed as a passing condition. Your acne problems, regardless of severity, is treated with individualized anti-acne programs that work as quickly and as effectively as possible.

Why do I get acne?

The “cause” of acne is a little bacteria called P. Acnes. This bacteria grows quickly when no oxygen is present. The reason some people have acne and others don’t is that a person with acne has skin cells that don’t slough off at a normal rate. (The skin cell turnover of a person with acne tendencies is much slower than normal.) This slow turnover rate allows pores to become clogged with natural oils. The more oil your sebaceous glands produce, the more acne has a chance to show up. A plug forms and the little P. Acnes bacteria start to multiply. If nothing interferes with this bacteria growth, a pimple or cyst form.

Stages of Acne

  1. normal follicle
  2. open comedon 
(blackhead)
  3. closed comedon 
(whitehead)
  4. papule
  5. pustule

Basic attack plan of Acne treatments:

  1. Increase cell turnover to keep pores from clogging
  2. Introduce oxygen into the pore to stop the bacteria growth
  3. Use antibiotics to kill and control bacteria
  4. Slow down natural oil production

Specific Treatments for different levels of Acne

Very mild acne can often be treated successfully with non prescription acne-fighting preparations and special cleansers. Because acne skin is sensitive skin, it is important to use products that don’t throw your already wounded skin into deeper distress. Image by Design recommends certain acne-formulation cleansers, toners, moisturizers, spot treatments and sunscreens for acne-affected skin. Along with daily home skin care we also suggest a series of in-office exfoliation treatments.
Mild, Mid-Moderate to Severe Acne to Acne may need additional treatment resources such as oral and/or topical antibiotics, extractions, chemical peels, XPL, and/or Affirm.

Myths about Acne

  • Acne is caused by poor hygiene – Not so. Keeping your skin clean is of course important, but overly vigorous washing will only cause more oil production and aggravate your condition.
  • Acne is caused by stress – Not so. But stress can definitely worsen acne.
  • Acne is caused by diet – There’s no evidence to prove any correlation between diet and acne. However, there has been some speculation that removing dairy products from your diet makes a difference.
  • Acne is just cosmetic and therefore not serious – Anyone with acne knows this is not so. The emotional impact is very serious. Acne scars are a result of skin damage.
  • Acne will go away on its own – Acne can be cleared. Delaying or ignoring treatment options can cause permanent skin damage and prolonged psychological suffering.

Acne Scarring

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Smoothing away the reminders of Acne
Acne scars are painful reminders of a period in your life you’d rather forget.

Before  After

Acne and the resultant scarring are two of the most psychologically distressing conditions a person can endure. Treating acne early will help prevent or minimize scarring and the treatment of existing acne scars helps alleviate anguish and embarrassment.

Affirm

The Affirm is a fractional resurfacing laser with almost no recovery time. It freshens and rejuvenates the skin, treating fine wrinkles, acne, blotchy pigment, sundamage, scars, and redness.  We helped to develop the Affirm to treat aging skin with a series of 4-6 treatments a few weeks apart. One can resume one’s normal routine after each treatment. Redness and puffiness usually fade within hours to a day or two. There is slight stinging but usually no anesthetic cream is needed, making it a very fast and convenient treatment.

$399

IMAGE ACNE FACIAL- This clinical acne facial is designed for oily, acne and acne prone skin. A combination of salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide are used to remove excess oils from the skin and attack the acne bacteria. The result – clean, refreshed, healthy, oil-free skin. We recommend a series of 3

$100

Acne lift treatment – A perfect blend of BHA (Salicylic Acid) and AHA (Glycolic Acid) working together to slow down oil production that clogs pores.  Glycolic Acid is a keratolytic agent that breaks up the keratin in the cell, gently exfoliating dead skin cells and increasing cellular turnover.  This dual effect makes it an excellent, safe and gentle peel.  Ideal for young and mature skin that has excess oil and enlarged pores, acne prone, oily and acne skin.

$100

JESSNERs’ LITE – This peel is a perfect blend for anyone who wants to “PEEL”! It is perfect for anyone who desires “Skin Rejuvenation and Textural Improvement”. Recommended for all grades of Acne 1-4 as well as moderate pigmentation.

$150-$250 per treatment (depending on how many layers) Offer a discount for a series of 3

JESSNERS’ RX – When You Are Ready, A More Dramatic Improvement in your skins’ texture in only 7 days! The perfect blend of Alpha & Beta Hydroxy Acids along with Resorcinol, formulated to exfoliate the skin resulting in the peeling of the upper layers of the epidermis with regeneration of new epidermal tissue and “Baby Soft” skin. Ideal for hyper-pigmentation, acne, actinic (sun) damage and for decreasing fine lines and wrinkles.

$175.00-$350 per treatment (depending on the number of layers) 3 Coats ONLY! 

Clear~ Image Exfoliation Treatment

gloSalicylic 30%
Clear Image Exfoliation Treatment deeply purifies pores and improves the appearance of uneven texture and tone. This excellent acne treatment aids in overall skin rejuvenation. We use powerful antioxidants of Bioastin™ and Totarol™ to defend against harmful free radicals to ensure healthier skin.  This treatment is ideal for oily, acneic, thick or problematic skin.

Pure~ Image Exfoliation Treatment

Triplex

Pure Image Exfoliation Treatment is a powerful combination treatment to refine surface texture and lessen the appearance of discoloration while clearing acneic disturbances in the skin. A synergy of effective exfoliates create a fresh appearance.  Mushroom Extract and Neem Leaf firm and tighten your skin. Experience our triplex combination treatment to enhance skin tone and texture while purifying blemish-prone skin.

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