Acne Vulgaris, a skin condition characterized by inflamed nodules and cysts on the skin, can destroy your confidence and cause both physical and emotional pain. If left untreated, acne can scar and disfigure your skin. Aesthetic Medicine offers a number of treatment options to Portland patients to help them take decisive action against their acne struggles.
Our long-term choice for acne treatment is laser treatment. We use two different FDA-approved lasers to reduce scarring, redness, and wrinkles while also treating acne. The YAG laser light penetrates the skin to reach the sebaceous glands to reduce the risk of new acne flares. It also gently resurfaces scarred areas on the outer layer of the skin, vaporizing the scar tissue and stimulating the production of new collagen to fill in pitted areas. By treating existing scarring and minimizing future flareups, laser treatment is an effective tool in the fight against acne.
As a complement to our laser treatments, Aesthetic Medicine offers microdermabrasion treatment to address acne scarring. This treatment works on all skin types and colors. It is a non-invasive treatment that exfoliates the skin’s surface, removing the top layer and any scarring it contains. After a series of microdermabrasion treatments, many Portland patients see a significant reduction in their acne scarring. Microdermabrasion works best for patients who no longer have active acne problems, but have residual scarring from past issues. If extractions are needed, this will occur after your face is cleansed and after your microdermabrasion to remove active acne or milia.
We offer SkinCeuticals LHA products which include a cleanser, toner and a serum that is provided at the start of your laser package to aid in the resolution of your acne.
These products work deep below the skin’s surface to remove oils and dirt to keep the skin looking its best. Using LHA topical treatments is the best way to keep your results from acne treatment for a longer period of time.
Acne treatment requires a series of treatments, including both laser and microdermabrasion, for effectiveness. Many patients who go through the entire process with Aesthetic Medicine are able to stay in remission for many years. Others require routine maintenance treatments to sustain their results. Some patients do not respond to treatment at all.
To learn about your options for acne treatment, an in-person consultation with Dr. Darm and his team is the best option.