For a normal level of skin care, it is advised that you wash your face twice a day. Excessive scrubbing of the face can in fact be counter-productive and make acne worse. Those with oily hair may be advised to regularly shampoo. Additionally, avoid greasy cosmetics and creams.
For women, taking off make-up at night is advised, as is using for water based formulas. It is important to organize regular facial treatments from a licensed aesthetician. Don’t try to remove pimples yourself, as infection, inflammation and scarring may result.
Dr. Rivkin uses a combination of therapies customized to each patient’s needs, based on skin type and severity of your acne. Our nearly painless way to treat acne regimens include the following:
- Chemical peels
- Home care acne products
For more severe cases, we use Photodynamic Therapy (PDT) to treat acne. PDT uses a topical photosensitizing chemical (amino levulonic acid or Levulan) that is absorbed by the skin. When the skin is then exposed to blue light, the light penetrates deeper and is very effective in destroying bacteria and hyper pigmented or abnormally reproducing cells.
It is effective in the treatment of pre-cancerous spots, sun damaged skin, acne, warts and other diseases. Photodynamic therapy shrinks oil-producing sebaceous glands and decreases bacteria on the skin. This reduces the production of pimples.
For those suffering from mild acne, Benzyol peroxide 2.5% gel is the best initial treatment in decreasing the organized concentration.
For mild to moderate acne, topical tretinoin (Retin-A) is usually the next step in treatment. Retin-A is an established solution to acne, decreasing the stickiness of skin cells and relieving obstruction of the sebaceous glands. Oral antibiotics such as Doxycycline are also an effective treatment. In cases of moderate acne, these treatments work well when used in combination.
Micro Botox can also treat extreme cases of acne. Also known as intradermal Botox, this treatment works by targeting the sweat and oil glands in the skin as well as the erector pili muscles, which are responsible for opening the pores.
By temporarily weakening these muscles and glands, oil production in suppressed and inflammation is inhibited. This allows the skin to rest and heal. While micro-botox should not be used as the first line of defense against acne, it is definitely worth considering for those who have not seen results from other acne treatments.