Improve Your Teen's Complexion With Acne Treatments
Acne is a skin condition that causes blemishes on the face, back, neck, chest, buttocks or upper arms. Having acne can be very upsetting. Teenagers may feel less attractive, and it may feel as though their skin will never clear up. In time, their acne may actually go away by itself.
But acne treatments in Springfield Missouri can help to control your teenager's acne and the right products, like our Enivron Focus Care Clarity line, will get them well on their way to blemish free skin.
How Teens Get Acne
Acne starts inside the hair follicles under the surface of your skin. Oil glands that open into the hair follicles release too much oil (sebum). This is often due to hormonal changes. Sebum and skin cells then clog the tiny openings on your skin (pores). Bacteria can then get trapped in the follicles, leading to swelling and acne blemishes. Acne is not caused by the food you eat or drink-for example, chocolate or soda.
Acne is a disease of the pilosebaceous unit which is the hair shaft, follicle and associated sebaceous gland and muscle. Under the influence of adolescent hormones, these glands increase their production of an oily substance called sebum that normally lubricates the skin.
Sebum is a food source for bacteria called Cutibacterium acnes (also called Propionibacterium acnes) that reside in the skin. As these bacteria proliferate, they attract white blood cells that can damage the follicle walls, forming debris and dead cells that result in pimples and sometimes pustules. Or the follicles may become plugged, forming blackheads or whiteheads.
Contrary to common belief, acne does not result from surface dirt or infrequent skin cleansing. In fact, irritation of the skin from too frequent washing or, for example, by rubbing with hands or by a hat covering the forehead, can promote acne.
Types Of Acne
The 4 main types of acne blemishes are:
- Whiteheads (closed comedones) are round, white, pus-filled blemishes that form when hair follicles become clogged and sealed over.
- Blackheads (open comedones) are round, dark pits that form when a hair follicle is clogged but has an opening to the air
- Pimples are red, swollen bumps that form when plugged follicle walls break near the skin's surface.
- Deep cysts are pus-filled pimples. They form when plugged follicle walls break deep within the skin. Acne cysts are often large and painful. In some cases, they also cause scars.
Managing Teenage Acne
If the face a teenager presents to the world is marred by prominent lesions of acne, the ordinary stresses of adolescence can be that much more difficult to weather.
Acne affects how teenagers feel about themselves and can increase their risk of depression, anxiety and social isolation. Acne is very visible. The face is the first thing people see. It’s not something a teenager can easily hide. Yet, kids don’t always tell their parents how much their acne is impacting them.
According to Dr. Robert P. Dellavalle, Professor of Dermatology at the University of Colorado in Denver, “Acne is one of the most debilitating diseases in dermatology. It’s not a killer, but it can scar people both physically and psychologically.”
Complicating matters are many myths and misunderstandings about what causes acne, and a general lack of knowledge about how well modern medical acne treatments can control it.
As many as 85 percent of teenagers are affected to some degree. Although most cases are mild and respond to simple over-the-counter remedies, others are more severe, long-lasting and in need of professional care, the sooner the better.
Too often acne treatments are delayed, resulting in persistent emotional and social distress and permanent scarring that may warrant cosmetic surgery, which is not covered by insurance.
Proper care is often delayed when people assume that things will eventually get better. Acne can take many years to run its course. And women can be plagued by it well into adulthood.
For still unknown reasons, dermatologists are now seeing an increase in persistent acne in adult women.
Along with regular visits to the dermatology office, home care is what can make or break the health of your skin.
Advanced Laser Clinic offers a variety of acne treatments and the right products that are essential for the health of your body’s largest organ.
Cleanse the Skin
Environ Botanical Infused Sebu-Wash Gel Cleanser is a mattifying foaming face wash formulated with a combination of ingredients that assist in washing away dirt and excess surface oil that may aggravate the appearance of blemishes, leaving the skin feeling refreshed and clean. This sebum-control cleanser is a mild, low-foaming cleanser that is gentle on the skin.
Use A Toner
Environ Botanical Infused Sebu-Tone Clarifier is formulated with clarifying exfoliators and sebum regulating ingredients. This toner helps to remove the build-up of dead surface skin and assists in minimizing the appearance of an oily shine, leaving the skin looking smoother and more refined.
A toner also helps to brighten the appearance of uneven skin tone for smoother and more refined skin. The antiseptic ingredients help control inflammation and redness. This helps remove buildup of surface dead skin and minimize appearance of oily shine on the skin.
Use A Masque
Environ Hydroxy Acid Sebu-Clear Masque is an acid cream mask that contains a combination of exfoliating acids to help clear the appearance of existing breakouts, leaving the skin looking visibly clearer.
This low pH exfoliating cream masque assists with clearing the appearance of breakouts. A clay-based mask removes excess surface oils & rehydrates the feeling of the skin, ultra mild exfoliation helps alleviate the look of congestion and leaves skin looking visibly healthier and smoother.
Environ Hydroxy Acid Sebu-Lac Lotion is a non-oily lotion designed to help combat the visible signs of breakouts and to assist in improving the appearance of texture and tone of breakout-prone skin. Containing a special combination of Lactic Acid exfoliators and moisturizers, it leaves the skin feeling softer, smoother and more balanced.
This lotion helps improve the appearance of dry, scaly, itchy skin. Exfoliates and brightens uneven skin tone to. improve the appearance of texture, leaving skin feeling softer, smoother, more balanced.
Environ Vita-Botanical Sebu-ACE Oil is a light-textured botanical and vitamin-enriched oil that helps to control the appearance of blemishes. It is scientifically formulated to provide a daily dose of skin essential vitamins and leaves the skin looking and feeling healthier and smoother.
Lightly-textured botanical and vitamin-enriched oil scientifically formulated with essential vitamins leaving skin looking and feeling healthier and smoother. Leaves skin looking hydrated, refreshed, balanced and assists in preventing effects of free radical damage to the skin.
These two products, both the lotion and the oil, can be cocktailed together to create a well rounded, nourishing moisturizer.
Spot Treat When Needed
Environ Botanical Infused Sebu-Spot Blemish Gel is a targeted spot treatment that is specifically formulated to assist in improving the appearance of visible spots and blemishes. Sebum regulators help reduce the look of redness & blemishes and help inhibit the effects of excessive sebum. Improves the appearance of enlarged pores, uneven skin tone, dullness. Promotes antioxidant and antimicrobial activity for cleaner, healthier clearer skin.
As with anything worth doing, consistency is the key.
Advanced Laser Clinic carries a variety of skin care products, by Environ, for you to choose the regimen that fits your budget and skin condition.
We would love to schedule a free consultation to get your teenager on the right track to healthy skin, so they will be confident putting their best face forward.