Non-Prescription Approaches For Managing Teen Acne
FROM ADDRESSING THE CAUSE TO MINIMIZING ACNE SCARRING, RECOMMENDATIONS FROM BELLA EXCELLENCE
Acne can be a frustrating and persistent condition for both teens and adults. It requires a tailored approach to address the underlying cause, whether hormonal, bacterial, or environmental. While harsh prescription medications and oral antibiotics may seem like the only option, there are medspa treatments recommended by dermatologists that can effectively treat acne-prone, active acne, and acne scarring in teens without relying on prescriptions or chemicals.
IF YOU HAVE TEEN ACNE, YOU’RE NOT ALONE
Acne is a prevalent skin condition that affects a majority of people between the ages of 11 and 30, with one out of five of those people developing acne scarring. In fact, more than 85% of teenagers experience teen acne. It is an inflammatory condition that presents itself as various types of pimples such as papules, pustules, nodules, and cysts. Acne can have multiple causes, including high bacteria levels, hormonal fluctuations, genetics, environmental factors, clogged pores, and high stress. Teen acne specifically can be triggered by increased levels of testosterone and excess oil production in the skin, which can lead to clogged pores and acne.
DO AT-HOME TEEN ACNE TREATMENTS HELP?
While the drugstore offers a plethora of options for teen acne treatments, these over-the-counter options may not be as effective as medspa treatments. They often lack clinical studies to support their effectiveness and the studies that do exist are often funded by the product’s manufacturers. Moreover, at-home treatments may cause more harm than good and can worsen active acne and acne scarring. These treatments are known to have irritant properties that can cause dryness, redness, and fine scaling which can impede the healing of active acne. Additionally, at-home treatments often fail to address the root cause of the problem, as acne can have multiple causes.
TEEN ACNE & ACNE SCARRING MEDSPA TREATMENTS
1. ANTI-ACNE FACIAL
The anti-acne facial is an effective treatment option for moderate to severe teen acne. It involves a thorough cleansing and exfoliation of the skin, as well as extractions to remove dirt and debris from the pores. A Medical Aesthetician then employs an antimicrobial laser and a detoxifying mask to draw out impurities and prevent future breakouts. It is important to avoid sun exposure for at least 48 hours before treatment, but this facial can be received by teens all year round.
2. PLASMA FIBROBLAST PEN
The Plasma Fibroblast Pen is a treatment option for moderate to severe scarring, not active acne. Like other resurfacing treatments, it uses small electrostatic pulses to cause microscopic damage to the skin’s surface, which triggers the repair process in fibroblast cells, the cells responsible for collagen production in the skin. Collagen production is crucial for smoothing the appearance of acne scars and for healing wounds. Due to the recommendation to avoid tanning and spray tanning for six to eight weeks before treatment, it’s best for teens to undergo the Plasma Fibroblast Pen during fall and winter months when sun exposure is less likely. Additionally, it is recommended that teens discontinue the use of Retin-A products for four days before treatment.
3. LASER GENESIS
Laser Genesis is an effective treatment option for mild to moderate active acne and acne scarring in teens. According to the Senior Medical Aestheticians at Bella Excellence MedSpa, this gentle laser treatment helps reduce inflammation and kills bacteria that cause acne. The treatment heats the skin’s surface to stimulate collagen production, constrict blood vessels, and kill bacteria, resulting in smoother skin texture, reduced redness, and fewer active breakouts. It requires no downtime, making it ideal for any season. However, it should not be done on tanned or sunburned skin, and teens must stop using Retin-A, Trilumen, Differin and similar products for 7 days before the treatment.
4. IPL PHOTO FACIAL
An IPL Photo Facial is a mild alternative to Laser Genesis for treating acne and acne scarring in teens. It uses gentle pulses of light to target pigment-producing cells and problematic hemoglobin that feeds oily sebum production. This treatment can not only reduce redness and inflammation for current breakouts, but also help prevent future acne flare-ups and reduce scarring. However, it may cause the skin to become more sensitive to the sun, so it’s best to undergo treatment during the winter months when you’re more likely to be indoors. It’s also important to discontinue the use of Retin-A, Trilumen, Differin, and similar products five days before treatment.
5. LIGHTSTIM LED LIGHT THERAPY
LightStim LED Light Therapy is an effective solution for teenagers dealing with mild acne. This versatile treatment can be tailored to the individual’s needs, using red light to reduce inflammation and blue light to eliminate bacteria that cause breakouts. To get the most out of the treatment, it’s best to avoid skincare products that can dry out or irritate the skin, such as those containing benzoyl peroxide, Retin-A, alcohol, or Vitamin A, for 24 hours prior to the appointment. LightStim LED Light Therapy can be scheduled throughout the year, providing a convenient and effective way to keep acne under control. Another great option for treating acne-prone skin is the SkinClear Medical Facial, which uses advanced technology and blue LED light to reduce congestion and breakouts in just 30 minutes. The SkinClear facial is highly effective and convenient, and can help achieve clear, even skin with refined pores, improved texture, and increased hydration.
COMPLEMENTING ACNE TREATMENT WITH ANTI-ACNE SKINCARE
One of the most common mistakes in skincare is treating the skin’s symptoms rather than addressing its underlying condition. At Bella Excellence MedSpa, we recommend that every client schedule a complimentary Reveal Skin Analysis to evaluate their skin for acne, large pores, texture, and scarring. Once we understand the client’s unique skin concerns, we recommend a customized at-home treatment plan and medical-grade skincare products to address them. Alisha emphasizes the importance of using high-quality skincare on a daily basis, coupled with in-office treatments, to achieve optimal results. This approach to acne treatment in Tampa, FL can lead to significant improvements in the skin’s appearance, as shown in before and after photos.
WHY BELLA EXCELLENCE MEDSPA FOR ACNE TREATMENTS?
It’s important to note that there are various types of acne, some caused by hormonal changes and others caused by bacteria. While it may not be possible to completely cure acne, it can be effectively managed. At times, incorrect skincare products can even cause acne, which is why consultation with skincare experts is essential.
Our brilliant team of Medical Aestheticians utilizes the most advanced methods for treating teenage acne. Led by Dr. Yvette Suarez, we will create a personalized plan, using medical-grade products, to effectively control and reduce acne.