Acne isn’t exclusive to hormonal teenagers. Many adults, particularly women, have painful inflammatory acne that topical creams simply can’t treat. At Deborah Freeman MacDonald, R.E. Inc in Hopedale and Framingham, Massachusetts, their team of laser and skin care specialists use laser and light therapy to permanently minimize acne, acne scars, and redness. To learn more about the treatments available at Deborah Freeman MacDonald, R.E. Inc, call the office nearest you or schedule an appointment online today.
Acne is a potentially painful skin condition that causes pimples, whiteheads, or blackheads. It happens when your hair follicles become clogged with oil, dead skin cells, and debris. This results in red bumps that can develop anywhere on your body.
While acne is most common in teenagers, whose hormones are constantly changing, many people continue to have acne well into adulthood.
There are several different types of acne, such as:
Whiteheads, or comedones, happen when your pores are completely clogged, resulting in a small white, pus-filled bump on top of the skin.
Blackheads are open comedones that remain open, causing the center of the lesion to look black.
Pustules are painful red bumps that have a pus-filled white center. They’re typically inflamed and surrounded by red skin.
Papules are small, raised red bumps that don’t contain pus. They often look inflamed and can feel painful to the touch.
Nodules are flesh-colored bumps that develop deep under the surface of your skin. They’re extremely painful and typically don’t respond well to over-the-counter (OTC) topical treatments.
Cysts are the most painful, severe form of inflammatory acne. Most cysts are large, red, and filled with pus.
There are many reasons you may experience painful acne, including:
While keeping your skin clean and moisturized can help reduce acne flare-ups, a hormonal imbalance and other environmental factors can wreak havoc on your skin.
Adult acne is particularly difficult to treat with topical creams and solutions. At Deborah Freeman MacDonald, R.E. Inc, their team uses laser and light therapy to treat all forms of acne:
The Spectra™ Peel laser treatment reduces pore size and regenerates elasticity to tighten skin while minimizing acne. With smaller pores, acne struggles to return, leaving your skin smooth and clear. The team recommends 3-5 treatments once every 2-4 weeks for the best results.
An intense pulsed light (IPL) photofacial uses LED light to stimulate collagen and elastin production and fight acne-causing bacteria. Not only does IPL therapy reduce acne, but it also minimizes acne scars, reduces hyperpigmentation, and shrinks pores. Most people need 2-6 20-minute treatments to see long-term changes in their skin.
To learn more about the acne treatments available at Deborah Freeman MacDonald, R.E. Inc, call or schedule an appointment online today.