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Acne Treatments


Acne is caused by Propionibacterium acnes (P. acnes), bacteria that live on the skin and in the oil glands. These bacteria along with excessive oil gland secretions can lead to acne breakouts. Hormones play an important part in the acne story.

Young people start to produce hormones at puberty and this is frequently when acne becomes a problem. These hormones can lead to the oil glands secreting excessive amounts of oil (sebum) that make the skin cells by the oil gland "sticky". This excessive oil production and the sticky skin cells can form a plug that prevents the oil secretions from getting out of the pore. This trapped collection of dead skin cells and the sebum oil becomes a breeding ground for the P. Acne bacteria. The infection and inflammation that follows causes a "zit".

New light based devices (IPL) have been developed to treat all types of acne from mild forms to the most severe. They work by different mechanisms but the most successful are those that affect bacterial growth and also reduce oil gland function. The Palomar IPL LuxV system causes a reduction of bacteria along with the modification of oil gland function. This two fold attack on acne is showing itself to be very effective without the bother of daily medications and lotions and their possible side effects. The most common side effect is a slight redness that can last for an hour or two. Light based acne treatments such as the Palomar LuxV system are revolutionizing the treatment of acne with easy, quick and effective suppression of acne without the problems associated with daily medical therapies.

It works by applying a high energy pulse of light, is generated by a laser type machine (Palomar IPL LuxV), to the treatment area. The filtered light is absorbed by the targeted subcutaneous oil glands damaging and permanently disabling them while destroying the bacteria that breed inside the glands.

The procedure lasts about thirty minutes and multiple visits may be needed. The effects are nearly immediate and eliminate the need for prescription drugs.

Skin Solutions offers other acne clearing treatments, please ask our staff which treatment would be best for you.

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Medical Director: Michael Traurig, MD,RVT,RVPI

Medical Esthetician: Jennifer Peeler
540 Old Howell Road Greenville, SC 29615 | phone: 864.420.1102|