Acne is an age-old bane of teenagers the world over. People spend billions of dollars on over-the-counter medications that don’t work. Then, potentially hazardous long-term prescription medications may make you, as a parent, nervous. Maybe Acleara, a new FDA-approved system offered for acne treatment at K Plastic Surgery, is the answer.
Acne. Just the word sends dread into the soul of your teenager. There are some myths about what causes acne. It just comes down to the sebaceous (oil) glands. These glands are stimulated by male hormones from the adrenal glands during puberty in both boys and girls. While the oil normally is simply doing its job of lubricating and protecting the skin, when circumstances are right, cells close to the surface block the openings of the sebaceous glands, causing an oil buildup underneath. Bacteria, which are all over everyone’s skin and generally are no problem, become stimulated by the oil and begin to multiply. This causes surrounding tissue to become inflamed.
If that inflammation happens close to the surface, the result is a pustule; if it occurs deeper, it’s a papule (pimple); even deeper, and it’s a cyst. If the oil breaks through to the surface, you develop a whitehead. If the oil interacts with the oxygen in the air, it can change from white to black, creating a blackhead.
Acleara is a breakthrough acne treatment that clears the oils, dead skin cells, and bacteria that combine to create acne inflammation. The Acleara system combines a vacuum with pulses of specially filtered light to kill the bacteria and clear clogged pores. The FDA has cleared the Acleara system and can treat a wide range of acne on all skin types.
These are the conditions where Acleara could be a great alternative:
• Skin is oily, and you have large pores
• Acne doesn’t respond to either over-the-counter medicines
• Acne doesn’t respond to antibiotics
• You want to avoid systemic treatments for acne, such as prescription medicines.
• Laser treatments have proven to be painful and only marginally effective.
Acleara treatment sessions are fast, lasting as little as 10 minutes. Your session length will depend on how large an area needs to be treated. Multiple treatments will likely be required to achieve the results you desire.
If your teenager suffers from acne, the Acleara system at K Plastic Surgery could be the answer. Contact us for an appointment with Dr. Kayastha, Board Certified Plastic Surgeon located in Albany, NY, and let’s see how we can help.