Acne and the scars that may follow can take a toll on a person’s self esteem. They can make you feel self conscious and prevent you from enjoying everyday activities. Fortunately, advances in modern medicine and technology have made it possible to change that.
We can now treat acne more effectively than in the past using either medical or procedural approaches. We can minimize or eliminate remaining scars via acne skin rejuvenation. There are several approaches to skin rejuvenation, and factors such as severity of acne, types of scars, extent of scarring and skin pigmentation need to be considered in order to determine the type and frequency of treatments for each patient.
Our dermatologists at Dundee Dermatology in Chicago can help you choose an acne laser treatment or acne scar removal therapy option that is just right for you. Choosing an experienced provider is essential for achieving effective treatment of acne, so choose wisely! Call us at (847) 851-8888 or request a consultation online for more information.
Acne Skin Rejuvenation Explained
Acne skin rejuvenation comprises a variety of cosmetic dermatology treatments to help improve your skin texture and tone, minimize acne flare-ups, correct possible discoloration, and diminish the appearance of broken capillaries and skin inflammation. Acne skin rejuvenation treatments can be laser, light or chemical based. These therapies are often combined or used in conjunction with skin care products in Chicago for best results.
Acne treatment and acne scar removal procedures available to Chicago area residents at Dundee Dermatology include:
- LED therapy with red, blue, or infrared light
- Photodynamic therapy (PDT)
- Intense Pulsed Light (IPL)
- Chemical peels and acne-clearing facials
- Laser skin resurfacing
Skin procedures can produce a marked improvement in skin conditions and your overall appearance. The results are variable, depending on the technology or treatment prescribed for you.
DiamondGlow™ (Formerly known as Dermalinfusion & SilkPeel™) is a completely unique, non-invasive skin perfecting procedure that has instant and cumulative results. This treatment exfoliates the damaged top layer of skin; helps extract and remove blackheads and whiteheads without damaging surrounding tissue; uses detoxifying lymphatic drainage massage to move waste products away from the skin; and instantly improves hydration, tone, and texture.
LED Therapy is an affordable acne solution that uses light to reduce inflammation and kill the bacteria that causes acne. We use the LIGHTWAVE™ Technologies system to deliver LED therapy because it uses a combination of red, infrared and blue light wavelengths to treat both acne and acne scars by killing bacteria and stimulating cell renewal and repair.
PDT is an abbreviation for PhotoDynamic Therapy. With this treatment, light-sensitive chemicals are applied to the skin. These are selectively absorbed by oil glands and skin bacteria. After a half hour wait you are treated with the activating light. This shrinks the skin’s oil glands and reduces skin oiliness, oil in the pores, and the formation of comedones. This is especially helpful for moderate to severe acne.
IPL works by delivering multiple wavelengths of intense light into the skin. The different wavelengths target different colors like reds or browns, reducing redness and skin inflammation and discoloration. IPL for Chicago area patients can be used on its own or in combination with other skin care procedures, including laser skin treatments or BOTOX® Cosmetic in Chicago.
Chemical peels use formulations that promote sloughing of dead cells to soften acne scars and even control acne, leaving you with smooth-textured, vibrant skin. The type of chemical used depends on the severity of your condition and can range from alpha and beta hydroxy acids to retinoic and trichloroacetic acid (TCA).
Microneedling (otherwise known as percutaneous induction needling or percutaneous collagen induction therapy) creates micro-injuries to the skin’s dermis to trigger new collagen and elastin production. This method causes much less damage than dermal rollers, lasers and other ablative therapies, leading to faster healing and higher rates of success. Safe for all skin colors, we can use the advanced Collagen P.I.N. system to improve acne scars, undereye puffiness and crepiness, large pores, fine lines, and uneven skin tone on the face, neck, chest, hands – anywhere!
Laser skin resurfacing employs different types of lasers that can treat a range of scar types, including depressed acne scars. The lasers used can be ablative or non-ablative, depending on your particular situation. Ablative treatments will provide the quickest results but you will experience some down time with these. Our patients treated with non-ablative laser skin resurfacing in the Chicago area can resume normal activities right after the procedure.
You don’t have to live with embarrassing acne and acne scars. Contact us at Dundee Dermatology to see the difference that custom-prescribed acne skin rejuvenation treatments can make in your life.