Acne Treatment- How We Can Help
Skin is the largest and most visible body organ. Keeping it healthy means keeping your body healthy, but sometimes, that’s not enough. Acne breakouts can make otherwise healthy skin look unsightly and feel uncomfortable. If you’re struggling with pimples, blackheads or other acne-related skin problems, Dr. Pacheco can help.
What causes pimples?
A common skin condition, pimples develop when pores become clogged with dead skin cells and oil. Skin reacts to the congestion with whiteheads, blackheads and pimples, which can take a long time to heal and may even leave scars. Blemishes and breakouts can affect not just your appearance but also your self-confidence. We offer a variety of non-surgical treatment options that can heal your skin, eliminate breakouts and keep them from coming back.
Over-the-counter remedies are often the first step for people with pimples, but they aren’t a perfect solution. They can be drying or irritating for delicate skin, and they aren’t always strong enough to get the job done. Some can even trigger allergic reactions. If your breakouts are severe or persistent, we offer a variety of physician-directed treatments. Dr. Pacheco offers a variety of treatments that can be customized according to your needs.
Chemical peels are used to remove the top layer of skin. A special chemical solution is applied to the skin to trigger and speed the natural exfoliation process. As the skin sloughs off, the pore-clogging stuff goes with it. Even better, a chemical peel will also erase fine lines, smooth icepick scars and leave your skin glowing. For the best results, chemical peels should be used in conjunction with skin treatments geared toward your unique skin type.
Types of Medical Peels
- Alpha-hydroxy acids
- Salicylic acid
- Glycolic acid
What to Expect
After reviewing your skin type and needs, your skin will be prepared to remove natural oils and other impurities that could interfere with the penetration of the peel. Then, the peel solution will be applied directly to your skin and allowed to work. You might feel a warming or cooling sensation as the peel begins to work. After the peel is done, a replenishing infusion mask may be applied to soothe and calm your skin.
A medical peel damages the skin on a molecular level, and as the skin heals, cell turnover and collagen production increase. This gives a smoother, fresher, healthier-look to your skin. Your face might look slightly sunburned for a few days, but you should see results in just a week with fewer flares and a more even complexion. Most people will benefit from regular peels to maintain their results.
Other Blemish Treatments
Palomar Icon Treatment
Palomar Icon treatments are typically for those who want to smooth their skin, even out the tone, and soften the texture. Factors such as aging, sun damage, acne and damage to blood vessels under the skin can diminish the skin from looking its best.
Physician Directed Skin Care
Because pimples start to develop deep beneath the surface of the skin, a proactive skin care routine can be your best weapon in the fight against them. Dr. Lisa Pacheco will review your skin’s needs to determine if a prescription-strength skin care solution is right for you. These can include special cleansers, targeted treatments and moisturizers to replenish and restore your skin.
Contact our offices today to learn more about the best skin care for your needs or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Lisa Pacheco.
Menopausal acne: medical peels, physician directed skincare, functional medicine
Your hormones play an integral role in your health. When they’re balanced, you’ll feel better and look your best, but when hormones become imbalanced, such as during menopause, you can experience a wide range of symptoms, from hot flashes to indigestion. Pimples might not even be on your radar. After all, you left them behind along with your teen years, right? Wrong.
Unfortunately, the hormonal changes and imbalances of menopause can trigger outbreaks blackheads, pimples and cysts. If your face looks like you took a trip back to high school, Dr. Pacheco can help. We offer a variety of treatments for women dealing with menopausal acne, including chemical peels, physician directed skincare and functional medicine to get you back in balance.
Menopause Skin Care
During puberty, pimples will often appear on the forehead, nose and chin, an area commonly known as the T-zone. Adults tend to develop outbreaks along the jawline and the chin. It can include not just the familiar pimples but also whiteheads, blackheads and cysts, which form deep beneath the surface of the skin and are often red and painful. Outbreaks often become more frequent or severe before a menstrual period.
Hormones during perimenopause can fluctuate wildly and can cause inflammation, oil buildup and clogged pores, which create the perfect environment for breakouts. This can start as early as your 40s, and for some women, it might start even earlier as the reproductive hormones start declining. Estrogen levels decrease while testosterone increases. The resulting imbalances can occur even in those who are using hormone replacement therapies.
Treatment for Hormone-Related Outbreaks
Menopause can bring a lot of changes, and while it’s a natural process, it can still be stressful to see your face and body changing. You don’t have to live with pimples and cysts. Professional treatments can restore your skin, heal your lesions and leave you looking glowing, fresh and renewed. Dr. Pacheco offers holistic care for menopausal acne.
With treatment, the prognosis for menopausal acne is good. Physician directed skincare can be remarkably effective. This can include prescription medications, topical treatments, gentle cleansers, moisturizers and natural therapies. Skincare products and therapies can be used on their own or in addition to chemical peels and other cosmetic skin procedures.
Chemical peels, which are most effective when combined with targeted skin care, are prescription-strength chemical peels that help the top layers of skin slough off to reveal fresh, acne-free skin below. Medical peels are powerful exfoliators that remove skin-clogging debris even deep below the surface and can help reveal fresher, younger-looking skin. Peels can also stimulate healthy collagen production and smooth or even erase fine lines and dull-looking skin.
Finally, functional medicine moves beyond treating the symptoms of menopausal skin problems and goes straight to the source of outbreaks. Dr. Pacheco uses a variety of therapies, treatments and lifestyle changes to ensure the body and its hormone balance are functioning at its best. When it comes to menopausal breakouts, this means identifying triggers and decreasing inflammation through diet, exercise, hormonal balance and other changes.
Menopause Skin Care
- Sculpsure to tighten skin and eliminate unwanted pockets of fat such as those around the jowls
- Ulthera to smooth wrinkles, lift breasts and tighten loose or sagging skin
- PRP to reduce wrinkles, shrink under eye bags and thicken thinning hair
- Palomar Icon Laser to treat spider veins, age spots, dull skin, rosacea and excess body hair
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