Acne can be devastating towards self-esteem and physical appearance. Topical creams and oral antibiotics have been the major treatment options for decades. This approach was a “one size fits all” standard program.
At SKIN 101 in Spring, TX, acne treatments are individualized based on the degree of acne and individual skin type. Traditional treatments are augmented by cutting-edge technology, such as Smoothbeam® Resurfacing to target the root cause of acne.
To help you understand your acne more clearly, this section of our website is designed to provide information for acne treatment options and maintaining acne control. You should seek acne treatment early on to prevent scarring. We will discuss available treatment options to remove acne scars if you already have them. Call us today at (281) 251-2400 to schedule an office visit.
Prescribed acne treatments may be covered by your insurance policy depending on your individual coverage and the severity of your acne. Your payment portion depends on your policy coverage and requirements.
At SKIN 101, we provide options from topical skin care products to prescription medications in addition to our in-office procedures. Our procedures and treatments are supervised by licensed physicians, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners.
Our acne treatments that may be covered by your insurance company include: acne cleansing, chemical peels, acne surgery, day and evening management regimen, and Cryotherapy. Call us today at (281) 251-2400 to schedule an office visit.
What Causes Acne?
While nobody is completely sure what causes acne, experts believe the primary cause is a rise in androgen levels – androgen is a type of hormone. Androgen levels rise when a human becomes an adolescent. Rising androgen levels make the oil glands under your skin grow and increases oil production. Excessive sebum can break down cellular walls in your pores, and cause bacteria growth, resulting in breakouts.
Myths About The Causes Of Acne
Myth #1: Acne is caused by poor hygiene – Acne is not caused by dirt or surface skin oils. The best approach to hygiene and acne: Gently wash your face twice a day with a mild soap, pat dry and use an appropriate acne treatment.
Myth #2: Acne is caused by diet – Extensive scientific studies have not found a connection between diet and acne. In other words, food does not cause acne. But, some people insist that certain foods affect their acne.
Myth #3: Acne is just a cosmetic disease – Yes, acne does affect the way people look and is not otherwise a serious threat to a person’s physical health. However, acne can result in permanent physical scars. In addition, acne itself, as well as its scars, can affect the way people feel about themselves to the point of affecting their lives. If the acne products you have tried haven’t worked, there is no reason why you should continue to endure acne or get acne scars.
Laser and Cryotherapy Treatment Of Acne
There are a number of procedures that can be done to treat acne, including laser and laser-like procedures, microdermabrasion, chemical peels, Cryotherapy, and surgery to remove the scars. The treatment that is right for you will depend on how active your acne is, the amount of scarring you have, and your skin type.
Cryotherapy is a dry ice treatment that helps to reduce acne, acne scars, shrink pores, and seals off the skin to reduce future acne. The procedure consists of nitrogen applied with a cotton-tip applicator or cryoprobe to the needed areas which causes the pimples to freeze and fall off like dead skin. Cryotherapy is a well-known treatment for acne and a relatively inexpensive procedure.
Cryotherapy only requires a short visit to our office once per week as the treatment only takes a few minutes to perform. Continued treatment for several months is recommended to reduce acne scars. Minor pain and stinging sensations may be felt during the treatment and for a while afterwards. To reduce the effects of redness and swelling, a topical steroid may be applied immediately after the treatment.
To learn more about Cryotherapy and find out which acne treatment is best for your type of skin, call SKIN 101 at 281-251-2400 to an office visit.
Smoothbeam® Laser For Acne
The Smoothbeam® laser provides long-term clearing of acne with significant improvement seen after the first laser treatment in patients of all skin types. Additionally, Smoothbeam® laser treatments show improvements in overall skin texture and quality of complexion. The added benefits for reduction in skin oiliness and acne scarring, make this an ideal treatment for all patients with acne, especially those who have not responded well to other treatments.
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