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January 2016

When Is the Right Time to Choose an Acne Specialist

Dermatologists and Physicians are the logical first choice for the acne sufferer. When you have a bump or several it is only natural to want to see your doctor for their advice and diagnosis.

It is great to get a diagnosis to be sure that you indeed have acne and not something else. As there are many disorders of the skin that look like acne, but do need to be treated by a physician. If you are unsure if you have acne, then definitely have it checked out by a physician.

If you have already been to your physician or dermatologist and know that you have acne and haven’t been satisfied with the results then an Acne Specialist should be the next step for you. Most physicians don’t have the time to spend educating their patients on the root cause of their acne, and prescribe oral antibiotics, topical antibiotics, topical retinoids and sometimes benzoyl peroxide to try. Usually these are at strong strengths, since they are prescriptions, which result in dry, red, flaky, irritated skin. Which will usually lead to the patient abandoning their routine of care due to the side effects. As well as the level of difficulty communicating with the physician’s office for a quick question.

What an Acne Specialist can do for you…

We will analyze your skin type and your acne type, testing your skin for sensitivities as well. We will take the time to teach you the root cause of your acne, Retention Hyperkeratosis; and exactly what that means for you. We will go over your lifestyle/diet, medications, and comedogenic ingredients in makeup and skincare products that can exacerbate acne.

We will take the time to investigate your situation, and look at it from all angles to determine the culprits that are contributing to your acne. We develop a plan of action specifically for you and your situation, and this is why it is so successful. We teach you the pieces that you are missing, knowledge wise about your acne.

The rest of the program is to use specific homecare products designed for your skin and acne type, all without the redness, irritation, or dryness. As well as doing in office sessions to speed the healing of your acne lesions. These sessions can include: deep pore cleansing, extractions, chemical peels, enzyme exfoliations, light therapy, and hydrating healing masks.

The best part is that your Acne Specialist is there for you every step of the way. There is no extra cost for exceptional support. Once you are in the program, you have a direct line of communication with your Acne Specialist and get prompt responses to all your questions

Remove Your Pimple Blemishes Naturally

Every person faces “a pimple” plight at some point of time. However, there are a very few people who are blessed with scar free and flawless skin. Pimples mostly erupt on the face, back, shoulders and neck. They are a swelled development on the skin filled with pus and bacteria. When the sebaceous gland secretes excess sebum, it results in the outburst of pimples.

Acne treatment is a very common cause of a visit to dermatologists these days as pimples and their ugly marks can be removed easily with some ointment and topical applications. However, these all come with chances of side effects.

Any day, natural and home remedies are the best to treat these marks effectively.

Here are some pocket-friendly methods of removing age spots, pimple marks and other blemishes on the skin.

    • Sugar Scrub – A very simple and easy to apply method is sugar scrub to erase the pimple marks – sugar scrub also lightens skin colour making you look more radiant and glowing. You can make this scrub at home by taking three tablespoons of sugar, one tablespoon of honey, and one tablespoon of milk powder; mix them all together and scrub this on your face for few minutes and rinse it off after it has dried for about 15 minutes.
    • Egg Whites – This is an old technique to lighten the pimple marks and the pimple scars. Eggs are readily available at homes; you just need to break a fresh egg and separate the egg white from the egg yolk. Only take the egg white and apply it on the pimple marks. Keep it for around 15 minutes and then wash off with cold water. This egg white is loaded with protein and vitamins that help to regenerate new skin cells and fade out blemishes.
    • Baking Soda – This is yet another very useful element used for skin care. You need to mix a few drops of water to a teaspoon of baking soda and apply this mixture to the marks. Baking soda is an agent that promotes microdermabrasion on the skin helping to clean out pimple mark. Keep the paste on your skin for about 10 minutes and rinse with cold water.
    • Tomatoes – Loaded with Vitamin A and Lycopene, tomatoes are helpful to your skin in numerous ways. They nourish, rejuvenate and even heal the skin by removing the scars. Apply the freshly prepared pulp of a tomato on the pimple marks or rather your entire face and keep it there for about twenty minutes and then wash off with water. See how your skin glows spotlessly. Avocados and cucumbers can also be mixed with the pulp.

  • Coffee Scrub – The coffee grounds that you get at home after filtering the coffee in the cup can be the best exfoliating agent for your skin. It removes pimple marks, enhances blood circulation, fade out wrinkles and even stretch marks. Just take those grounded coffee remains and mix with your cleansing gel to apply it on your face. Coffee scrubs are widely available in the market as well in cosmetic packages. You need to choose the right brand to get effective results. The effects of caffeine are considered as injurious to human health, but this product has almost contrasting effects on the health of the skin. The coffee scrub is one of the best caffeine filled natural scrubs that can assay you with flawless skin.

The methods mentioned above are very easy to apply, and the results are proven. You just need some time to see the results as they are not as fast acting as the cosmetic products on the market.

A Guide for Micro Needling Treatment Users

Scars from acne or chicken pox are hard to get rid of. Many therapies have been developed to treat such scars; however, none has been as successful as newly developed micro needling. Only in 1995, the idea came into existence; Orentreich et al described subcision or dermal needling for scars. Camirand and Doucet further pushed the treatment in 1997. In their procedure, dermabrasion was done using a tattoo pistol to treat scars. The therapy achieved its full potential in 2006, when Fernandes developed percutaneous collagen induction therapy.

The procedure, being simple, can be done at home. However, dermatologists advice against it, as there is risk of infection and scarring.

Devices used for Micro-needling

In the procedure, the skin is punctured using fine needles; those needles can either be on a roller, which has wheels of needles, or pens, having a cluster of needles at the tip. The models used by doctors may vary; it can be motorized, which allows control of the needle depth. There are other models, which uses micro-needles, as well as radio-frequency energy. The radio- frequency is used to produce heat, which according to some publications helps grow collagen. However, radio-frequency procedure is quite expensive than micro-needle treatment alone.

How treatment works

The injury-very minute-inflicted by needles stimulates the growth of collagen, a protein, which acts as the scaffolding under the skin. The treatment ingeniously uses deliberate injury to collagen to treat scar, which improves its appearance. The technique is more effective for sunken areas caused by acne. However, more deep or narrow scars the procedure does not work. With four to six treatments, you can have 60% to 70% improvement in the broad acne scars. The procedure is also effective in smoothing wrinkles around the eyes and on upper-lip.

Cost and immediate effects of treatment

The costs of treatment vary from $250 to $1,000 based on the dermatologist or a medical-grade device. The procedure may lead to light bleeding. A patient’s face may look pink and puffy after the therapy. It is suggested to patients to put ice on the treatment area after the therapy. The patient recuperates a lot faster than other skin-beautification procedure, such as laser resurfacing, which may take a week or more. It takes only a day or two, if you had a procedure on Friday, you can be presentable, even having makeup, on Sunday.

Precautions to be followed if done at home

Rollers of different models are readily available online, which cost from $20 to $125. It is recommended by dermatologists to consult physicians before doing procedure at home. Also, use needles shorter than a quarter-to-a-half millimeter, since longer needles increase the risk of infection or scarring and hurt more.

6 Best and Cheap Home Remedies to Cure Acne

Baking SodaPlagued with acne? Having those nightmarish breakouts on your skin? There are numerous people around the globe who suffer from the traumatic experience of having being bothered by the most tormenting aspect of the skin and it is none other than the dreadful Acne.

Acne is the most common problem that bothers youth. However adults are also not spared! Statistics reveal that 8 out of 10 people have an acne prone skin and are struggling to get the flawless and impeccable skin back through various skin treatments. However, it has been clearly observed that most of the people fail to reduce their acne due to the fact that they are not aware of the exact ways which can help them to reduce their acne.

Many therapies and branches of medicines – Ayurvedic, Allopathic, Homoeopathy and Yunani claim to have a solution for this problem. At times the treatment is costly or time consuming. It takes a long patience either way if you are determined to fight acne.

You may be surprised to know that the remedy exists right at your home! Yes, the solution lies in your kitchen! Following are some simple home remedies that can help you get rid of acne permanently.

1. Baking Soda: Baking soda is gentle exfoliant that has anti-septic and anti-inflammatory properties. It helps maintain the pH of the skin and removes dead skin. Make a paste of baking soda with water and apply on face. Wash off after a few minutes. You can also use it in combination with cinnamon powder, honey and lemon. Baking soda makes an excellent remedy for acne.

2. Oatmeal: Oatmeal is a gentle cleanser that absorbs excess oil from skin pores. Make a paste of oatmeal and honey along with lemon juice and rub this mixture all over the skin. Leave this pack on for 30 minutes and rinse with warm water. Use twice a week for best results with acne.

3. Multani Mitti: Multani Mitti, also known as fuller’s earth unclogs the skin pores, removes excess oil and clears the skin. Mix multani mitti along with sandalwood powder and rose water to make a paste. Apply this mixture on the face and leave on for 20-30 minutes. Multani mitti is known to have wonderful effects on clearing acne.

4. Lemon Juice: Lemon is very useful in treating acne due to its acidic property. Lemon also acts as a cleanser and cleans the dirt accumulated in skin pores. Rub a slice of lemon on the affected area of the skin and leave on for few hours. Rinse off with warm water. You can also use lemon juice in combination with rose water.

5. Toothpaste: It is indeed surprising that toothpaste that helps you clean your teeth can help clean acne too! Apply toothpaste on the affected area before bed and leave on overnight. Toothpaste reduces the redness of the acne and you will see significant reduction in two to three days.

6. Tea tree oil: Tea tree oil is known to be a popular treatment for acne reduction. It has anti-septic properties that kill the bacteria causing acne. Apply 2-3 drops of tea tree oil on the affected area three times a day for best results. If tea tree oil causes drying or skin irritation you can mix it along with Aloe Vera gel and apply on the skin.

These are a few of the skin care regimen for people who are suffering from acne problems. Following the steps and taking care of the skin will give you back your spotless and radiant skin.