The holidays are upon us, which means you'll be able to make merry with your closest family and friends. Unfortunately, your acne thinks it's invited to the party. If you want to feel your best at this year's holiday shindig, here are some acne treatments to help you kick your skin woes to the curb.
If you have a mild case of acne or you're struggling to cover up some more noticeable acne scarring, microdermabrasion could be the perfect treatment to consider. While microdermabrasion is typically used to help create smoother skin texture and a more even skin tone, it's also used to treat mild cases of acne and acne scarring. Similarly to a chemical peel, the goal of microdermabrasion is to remove the topmost layers of skin to encourage collagen production and to reveal softer, smoother skin underneath. A machine with an exfoliating agent is drawn across the surface of the skin during treatment sessions to help reveal your best skin yet.
Blemish extractions are commonly performed during acne facials and as standalone common cosmetic dermatology services. This method of treating acne might seem a little bit too similar to popping a pimple at home, but rest assured that blemish extraction is sterile and safe for your skin when it's performed by a dermatologist or esthetician in a medical environment. During a blemish extraction treatment, your dermatologist or esthetician will use a series of tools and gentle pressure to help clear clogged pores, remove blackheads and whiteheads, and clean your skin. Of course, if you're suffering from cystic acne, this treatment may not be for you. Cystic acne extractions are typically longer appointments that may require incisions. But if you're a good candidate for blemish extraction, it can be effective in helping treat your acne. You may also need to return for additional extractions in the future to maintain your results.
Chemical peels might not seem like a great acne treatment, but the truth is that they can treat more than just dull skin, fine lines, and wrinkles. If you're struggling with acne and over-the-counter treatments aren't cutting it for you, it's possible that a chemical peel could help treat your acne. Salicylic acid peels are a common part of acne facials, and depending on the severity of your acne and your skin's sensitivity, it may be possible to invest in a standalone peel for acne treatment. And one of the best things about chemical peels is the customization. Of course, not all acne is treatable with chemical peels. This treatment is most effective on blackheads and papules. Because both types of blemishes exist so close to the surface of the skin, a chemical peel can help get rid of them.
The holidays shouldn't be a time of skin-related stress. If you're struggling to treat your acne this holiday season and need a new treatment plan, set up a consultation with our team at North Pacific Dermatology today. Together we can find the right acne treatment for you.