Nearly everyone has suffered from the embarrassment of acne at one time or another, either as a teenager or as an adult. On average, acne affects 80% of people between the ages of 11 and 30 and is one of the most common skin conditions in the US. Caused by the propionibacteriumacnes bacteria, or “p.acnes,” pimples are produced when dead layers of the skin do not shed properly and become trapped within the skin. Acne can take on many forms, and as such, the approach to treatment can vary.
Active Acne – At Robertson Cosmetic Center, we believe in starting with the basics for good clean, healthy skin. Physician grade skincare is the starting point for all patients with active acne outbreaks. Our skincare specialists will custom tailor a skincare regimen appropriate for your needs as they pertain to acne. Chemical peels are another great way to get acne under control and keep it at bay. Generally, chemical peels for acne prone skin include extractions and are best done as a series or an ongoing basis. Our providers will guide you on which peels contain ingredients beneficial to acne.
Acne Scarring – Often referred to as “pitting” or “ice pick” scars, there can be several treatment options depending on the depth of scarring. Medical director and double board certified facial plastics expert, Dr. Kevin Robertson can perform what is called a subcision, to non-surgically repair specific acne indentations. Laser resurfacing such as ProFractional is another option for acne scaring to smooth texture and overall skin appearance. In some cases, dermal filler such as Juvederm® XC can be injected to “pop up” acne indentations. After consultation, our providers would guide you as to which option is most appropriate for your skin.
Post Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation (PIH) – Most patients call this scarring but it has nothing to do with the textural quality of the skin but rather the red or in some cases brown marks left behind from acne. This leftover pigmentation or redness can be treated with our Sciton Broad Band Light therapy. Essentially, the light energy is absorbed by the pigmented areas and lifts with time and produces a more even skin tone. Several treatments are generally required for optimal results.