Treatment of acne
What is acne?
Acne is usually associated with teenagers’ life, but many patients over 30 address Vremya Krasoty for acne treatment. Dermatologist Elena Nedorubova comments on the matter:
How can you describe acne in medical terms?
— Acne is a disease that affects the skin’s oil glands. The small holes in your skin (pores) connect to oil glands under the skin. These glands make an oily substance called sebum. The pores connect to the glands by a canal called a follicle. Inside the follicles, oil carries dead skin cells to the surface of the skin. A thin hair also grows through the follicle and out to the skin. When the follicle of a skin gland clogs up, a pimple grows. Most pimples are found on the face, neck, back, chest, and shoulders. Acne is not a serious health threat, but it can cause scars.
What viruses are known to usually cause acne?
To make virus work, the immune system of the body has to be despressed. The most common «acne» viruses are:
- Epstein-Barr virus
- Herpes virus 1,2 and 6 type
- Human papilloma virus
When immune system is down, it opens gate to all bacterias that also have negative effect on the the body, and therefore - on skin.
So why skin suffers in particular?
— Immune system fails to work normally, so all toxins need to be evacuated in larger amounts and their common way out of the body - is through skin, but they don’t leave «peacefully», thats why skin becomes acne-prone.
But different people have acne in different areas - on their cheeks, on their cnin, on their back ?
— Patients, who are always very much upset about acne, do not pay much attention to where the acne has started. For the doctor it is a very important sign of the problem that caused it. For example chin acne is related to hormones disbalance, cheeks acne report digestion problems etc..
Types of ance
What types of acne exist?
— Doctors usually like the following classification:
- Newborn acne (acne neonatorum)
- Toddlers’ acne (acne infantum)
- Teenagers’ acne (acne juvenilis)
- Acne comedonic
- Acne papulopustular
- Acne conglobata
- Acne inverse
- Acne progressive
- Persistent face swelling acne
- Acne mechanical
- Grown-up acne (acne adultorum)
- Back acne
- Tropical acne
- Senior acne of female
- Pre-menstural acne
- Menopause acne
- Hypecandroginous female acne
- Pregnancy acne
- Angroginous male ance
- Acne conglobata of males with XYY chromosomesY
- «Bodybuilders’» acne
- Doping acne
- Testosteron undicted progressive acne of tall teenagers
- Contact acne (contact acne, acne venenata)
- Cosmetic acne
- Acne caused by hair products
- Chlorinum acne
- Acne provoked by oils, tar and resins
- Acne comedonic as a result of environment agression
- Sun comedones
- Majorka-acne (acne aestivalis)
- Ionize acne - as a result of x-ray procedures
Some acne types in pictures
There are 3 forms of acne conditions: light, medium and severe, and each of these conditions invite different medical solutions.
How acne is treated?
There is only one true way out of acne problem - define its primary cause and treat it till it is gone. Otherwise the spots and pimples will keep returning.
Elena, what are the usual stages of treatment at Vremya Krasoty?
— First we take all blood analysis and skin scraping, which allow us to make a correct diagnosis. Then we define the better treatment possible, which might include:
- Face cleansing
— We prescribe individually selected medication, where oitments are combined with pills - this is very imdividual. After acne is gone, some scars may remain, so Vremya Krasoty can help diminish - or completely get rid of them too!
How much time does acne treatment take?
— First there is an «attack» time - usually this is a month, when patient visits us 2-3 times a week for all treatments. At home he/she takes all prescribed medication accurately. Results usually start to show at the end of the 3rd week of this attack time. Then there is another period of time, when patient usually visits us once a month for check-up and treatments - this usually lasts 3 months. But each case is unique and individual.
Are there golden rules of acne treatment?
- Never try to treat acne yourself with some «internet» medication;
- Do not postpone medication and treatments in clinic;
- Try not to use make up during this treatment time .
Elena, do you think that ance can be gone for good?
— If acne was caused by inner body problems - usually viruses can only be supressed, but they always remain in the system, so in this case - no, acne could appear again. To make it unlikely, acne can be minimized and remission period can last longer and longer each time. Maybe forever. Also please remember 2 things - prevention works wonders and the earlier the stage of acne - the more successful is the treatment. Welcome to Vremya Krasoty, your immediate contact for all acne-related problems!
First consultation of dermatologist - 2 000 rub.