Teens prone to get acne can find the stress of going back to school triggers breakouts. Acne can be rooted in several issues, stress being one of them. Hormones and age itself can also be at play. Other teens simply have acne all the time, and are embarrassed to be among all their peers.
Acne treatment takes several different forms. Helping people feel comfortable in their own skin is our goal. Acne can be very embarrassing, and can make us self-conscious. Fortunately, there are a few acne treatments that work well at reducing the prevalence of acne. Medications, cleansers, and good hygiene habits can go a long way (we like Ellie Acne Wash). But when acne is severe and persistent, there are additional options to consider.
Acne “Surgery” (comedone extraction)
When other medical therapies for acne don’t seem to be working, acne surgery can be a good option. This procedure involves removing debris from the pores. The treatment can also remove milia, or small keratinous cysts. Using sterile tools, our aestheticians will gently remove debris from clogged pores.
There are two types of acne lesions (comedones):
- Open (blackheads)
- Closed (whiteheads)
Acne surgery involves removing the contents of the follicles where comedones have formed. When dealing with active acne, acne surgery is meant to clean the pores and help the skin heal naturally, helping to prevent future breakouts.
We might also use a mild chemical peel to help rejuvenate the skin. Chemical peels exfoliate the skin, removing the affected skin tissues.
After the procedure, patients should use a mild face wash and apply moisturizer twice per day. We may ask that you use sunscreen to protect the skin, as it can be sensitive after a chemical peel. Avoid prolonged sun exposure regardless.
Acne scar surgery is more extensive and may also be recommended to treat acne scarring, including depressed or ice pick scars, rolling scars, and boxcar scars.
Why Treat It? Won’t It Go Away Eventually?
While it’s true that acne can fade with age, when severe acne is left untreated, scarring can occur, and that might stay with you forever. The better choice is to take steps to curb acne and prevent scarring. Go back to school with brighter, clearer skin. Come in and talk to Dr. Myers or another acne specialist about the best options for you.