What is Acne?

Acne, formally known as Acne vulgaris, is one of the most commonly faced skin conditions. In essence, clogged pores and an overgrowth of the bacteria Propionibacterium acnes, which occurs naturally, cause acne. Varying in size, shape, frequency, and intensity, acne can come in multiple forms, like blackheads, whiteheads, papules, pimples, and cysts.

More than skin deep, acne primarily originates from hormonal imbalances, especially spikes in testosterone. That’s why teenagers during puberty and women around their menstrual cycles often battle breakouts. Stress can exacerbate these hormonal shifts, fueling further outbreaks. Genetics, too, can predispose you to acne. Both acne and scarring caused by severe cases can mar not only your skin but also your quality of life, thanks to the societal stigma often attached to these conditions.

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Most patients report very little discomfort. They describe the treatment sensation as a warm prickly feeling, with a rapid snapping sound while the laser delivers energy to the skin. Typically, no anesthesia or topical is needed as the treatment is extremely tolerable, even for patients with sensitivity to discomfort.

The number of sessions depends on the severity of your acne and the specific treatment your doctor recommends. Together, you'll craft a plan that aligns with your unique needs.

With virtually no downtime, most patients resume regular activities right away. Some might notice mild redness, but this usually dissipates within hours. You can safely apply moisturizer and makeup immediately after an AcnePeel session.

While there is no current cure for acne, a broad spectrum of treatments can manage and significantly minimize both current and future outbreaks, as well as scarring. For the best, longest-lasting results, combination therapies and adhering to an at-home skincare routine are highly recommended. Effectiveness varies by individual and treatment type, but your skincare specialist will guide you toward a treatment and maintenance plan that is right for you.

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