ALBERTSON, N.Y., July 10, 2018 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- Some acne treatments "suck" – literally. That's why they are seemingly
"It's a one-two punch. Rid the skin of the sebum and then eliminate the bacteria," she states. Experts point to "a surprising lack of research" supporting claims of the long-term efficacy of acne treatment devices that have come to market in recent years. Bashian says at least one study, published in the Journal of Drugs in Dermatology, has found the combination of suction and "mid-infrared" laser light to be "a safe and effective modality" for treating mild-to-moderate acne conditions.
She concurs with dermatologists who advise that medical devices like TheraClear™ should not be considered a front-line treatment for acne, since proper care and cleansing of skin at home and use of over-the-counter or prescribed creams, lotions and ointments oftentimes clears up the condition.
"But, patience is not necessarily a virtue for those who must endure the disfiguring appearance that acne gives to the skin, and topical skin medications take time to work," says Bashian. "Acne can affect a person's self-image and social confidence."
In fact, authors of a study published earlier this year (2018) in The British Journal of Dermatology found that acne patients had a significantly higher risk of developing major depression, particularly within the first year following an acne diagnosis.
Acne is considered a complex disorder, characterized by formation of blackheads, whiteheads, pimples, papules and pustules on the skin, especially on the face and neck. Hormonal changes – like those that occur during puberty or before a woman's menstrual cycle – are usually to blame for the condition, according to the American Academy of Dermatology.
Shifts in hormones can upset skin biology, causing an overproduction of sebum and skin cells, which block skin pores, inflame and swell skin follicles and promote growth of bacteria that produce their own inflammatory substances. The immune reaction to the bacteria leads to the all-too-familiar acne bumps and red splotches on the skin.
Scientists indicate no "magic bullet" is currently available for treating acne, because the condition has many variants and can require more than a single therapeutic approach. New therapies, however, may be on the horizon.
Patients not diagnosed with serious acne, but with skin unresponsive to more standard treatments, may be candidates for TheraClear™, Bashian says. Although this device has not undergone significant study yet to determine its long-term effectiveness, "clinical results to date have so far been exciting. Many patients are seeing obvious improvements in their skin after only a few treatments," she relates.
Some patients may require as many as four-to-six treatments, though, before desired results are obtained.
Meanwhile, Bashian offers these tips for managing acne at home:
"Finally, if you're not getting desired results from your own home care, contact a dermatologist to determine next best steps," Bashian says.
Bio: Jayme Bashian is director and lead medical aesthetician for the Simply Posh Aesthetic Spa, a division of Advanced Dermatology PC and the Center for Laser and Cosmetic Surgery. She is board-certified in aesthetics. http://www.simplyposh.com
Advanced Dermatology P.C. and the Center for Laser and Cosmetic Surgery (New York & New Jersey) is one of the leading dermatology centers in the nation, offering highly experienced physicians in the fields of cosmetic and laser dermatology as well as plastic surgery and state-of-the-art medical technologies. http://www.advanceddermatologypc.com.
SOURCE Advanced Dermatology PC
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