Acne is a very common skin problem. It affects both men and women of almost all ages. It causes the skin to have whiteheads, blackheads or inflamed red lesions on it. Acne is most common on faces but can appear elsewhere on the body especially the shoulders or back. These whiteheads, blackheads and sores are often called pimples or zits. There are many acne treatments available to improve the appearance of your skin.
Acne Treatments in Kelowna with Dr. Crippen
What are the symptoms of Acne Vulgaris(medical term for acne)?
Acne manifests as blackheads, whiteheads or bumps filled with air, fluid or pus. These bumps are often painful. Acne often causes redness and can result in scarring. The severity of the scarring varies depending on the individual. This scarring can be embarrassing. A person’s face is highly visible and an important part of how they present themselves to the world. Acne scar treatments in Kelowna can help remove acne scars and eliminate embarrassment.
What causes acne?
Oil that is too thick or excessive in quantity in the skin is the cause of acne. Despite rumours to the contrary, acne is generally not caused by poor diet or bad hygiene. It is often the result of your own genetics. Our bodies are covered in small pores that have a hair and an oil gland in them. When too much oil is produced, or if the oil is too thick, the pore becomes blocked and sometimes infected. A plug forms within the blocked pore. It can either be white or black. Some infections are deeper and more painful than others, those are cystic acne lesions.
Hormone changes during menstruation, pregnancy or because of birth control can cause acne outbreaks or changes in the amount of oil produced. Individuals often suffer worse acne when they are stressed. Oily products can cause blocked pores. High levels or sweat and humidity can cause acne to worsen.
You can make lifestyle changes and engage in non-medical treatments to reduce or help speed up the healing of acne. Wash your face with mild soaps to remove excessive dirt and makeup. Wash your hair daily. Don’t pick at, scratch or rub acne spots. This will only aggravate the acne lesion and possibly lead to a permanent acne scar. Use non-comedogenic skin care products. These are designed to not block pores. Also, avoid oily skin care products.
We offer the following acne treatments:
- Prescription Medication (Very useful for most patients)
- Chemical Peels
- Erbium Laser
- Fractional CO2 Laser
- Photodynamic Therapy
- VBeam Pulsed Dye Laser
Also, check out our acne scar page for more information about how we treat them with lasers.
Here are some photos of Acne patients before and after treatment.
Can an adolescent use these treatments?
Our acne treatments are safe for adolescents, and we can treat younger patients with permission from their parents or guardians. Early treatment can be important to diminishing the effects of acne scars and other damaged skin.
Can you prevent future breakouts?
Acne can breakout for many reasons, some of which are difficult to control with any method. There are treatments and lifestyle changes that may make a difference, depending on the source of your acne. We’ll be able to tell you more with a physical examination.
How effective is the acne scar treatment?