What Are Acne Treatments?
If you're still struggling with acne breakouts, you're not alone. Acne is among the most common skin conditions in the world. Research shows that up to 55% of adults aged 20 to 40 suffer from low-grade acne and oily skin. But no matter how common it is, acne is still a struggle to live with. The good news is you don't have to anymore.
Acne can take many different forms. For example, it can cause blackheads and whiteheads, which are clogged pores filled with sebum, or oil and cellular debris. Whiteheads are ones that haven't pushed all the way to the skin's surface as blackheads have, which causes their dark color. Acne can also take the form of papules and pustules. Papules are tiny pimples that measure less than 0.5 centimeters across, they are sometimes called pinheads; Pustules are another type of pimple; they are larger than papules and contain pus. Other painful forms of acne such as nodules and cysts can also form. Nodules are larger papules that form deeper into the skin, whereas cysts, which resemble boils, are closed pockets of tissue that contain pus.
With the right treatment, however, you can effectively target both the cause and visible symptoms of acne-related skin conditions like the above. Social 705's dual-light acne treatment work to heal existing acne-related inflammation, while also destroying acne-causing bacteria to minimize future breakouts. The result is noticeably smoother, healthier-looking skin that you'll be happy to show off.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Am I good candidate for this treatment? Will it work for me?
The best candidate is someone who has acne and/or acne-related inflammation on the face or body and is seeking a treatment similar to acne light therapy.
How many sessions will I need to see results?
Most patients receive a total of 8-10 treatments.
How often/far apart should the treatments be? Do I need to do anything to prepare for the treatment?
Treatments are usually done twice a week for a month. Make sure the treatments are scheduled 3-4 days apart.
Make sure you skin is clean. Do not apply any lotions, creams, or makeup before your sessions, and stop using any products that might irritate your skin 2-3 days before. You should also avoid tanning. You may be advised to shave the area before your treatment. Remove all jewelry around the area being treated.
What does the treatment feel like?
The IPL treatment feels like a light snap or flick on the surface of the skin.
Will it be painful?
The applicator has a cooling feature built into it to make the treatment as comfortable as possible, but you might feel a bit of discomfort if you're treating a more sensitive area, like the upper lip.
How will I feel after the treatment? Is there any downtime?
Your skin can feel warm, like a sunburn, with some redness, but other than that, you really shouldn't feel any different if you follow instructions for before and after your treatment.
How long will the results last and are they permanent?
It depends on the severity of your skin and how well you take care of your skin after your treatment. We recommend a touch-up session twice a month, monthly. Once the acne starts clearing up, you can then increase the time between treatments depending on how your skin responds to the treatment.
Do I need to do anything after my treatment?
Avoid tanning for at least 2 weeks before and 2 weeks after your treatment, and wear sunscreen (at least SPF 30). You should also avoid hot baths, massages, or any treatment that requires direct contact with the skin for the first 2 days after your treatment.