Acne Treatment & Scaring
Acne & Blackheads
What is Acne?
Acne is a chronic inflammatory skin condition that effects people of all ages. Doctors describe acne as an infection to the ‘pilosebaceous unit”, which consists of the sebaceous gland – or pore that is connected to the hair follicle. These units are largest and most numerous on the face, upper back and chest areas where acne tends to occur. Acne commonly occurs during puberty due to the increased production of androgen hormones – which stimulates the sebaceous gland causing an excessive amount of oil. Cysts and nodules may develop as well as scarring, which can be very difficult to get rid of.An acne blemish is caused when the sebaceous gland over produces oil, which causes cells to stick to the pore and block the oil inside the follicle. The skin then grows over the pore which causes a build up of oil under the skin resulting in a bump under the skin. If air gets under the skin it will oxidize the oil, turning it black and resulting in a blackhead.There are some external factors that play a role in acne blemishes such as:
- Changing hormone levels
- Improper cosmetics
- Friction from clothing
- High humidity
- Squeezing the lesionThe myth is that greasy food, chocolate and pop cause acne. Although it is important to have a proper diet to maintain healthy skin, junk food is not the cause of acne. The only food known to have any negative effect is spicy food due to its ability to stimulate the skin and cause an increase in oil flow.At Synergy Aesthetic & Laser we offer a wide variety of treatments to improve acne, acne scarring, active acne and acne breakouts. We ensure that you will receive the correct diagnosis, treatment plan and skin care program that works for you and your skin.
Since the beginning of March 2020, most of us have been wearing masks in some capacity. This of course is to help protect ourselves and others during this global pandemic.
Repetitive friction and limited airflow can cause a number of issues to the skin. Allow us to explore how skincare products can help to treat these problems.
Medica-grade and N95 masks are designed to keep all outside air away from the nose and mouth. This means keeping a snug fit of the mask against the face. This can cause chaffing, blistering, and rawness to the skin. This type of damage to the skin can not only be painful but can also cause long-term scarring. We recommend keeping the skin clean and treated with healing ingredients when the mask is off.
Vivier HEXAM® is a gentle, antibacterial, antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory cleanser that works well to clean compromised skin. We suggest gently washing the affected area once or twice daily with lukewarm water and patting dry can help to prevent infection and promote healing.
In addition to keeping the area clean, you should use a moisturizing cream such as Vivier LEXXEL®. This will help alleviate and protect against chapping, cracking and roughness, while also relieving itching due to dryness. Applying a thin layer of LEXXEL® whenever the mask is off and overnight during sleep will help to soothe, calm and repair the area. If your skin irritation caused by the mask become unbearable, there are bandages available at your local pharmacy designed for sensitive skin that may be worn as a barrier between the skin and the mask.
Avoid active ingredients like retinols, vitamin C, acids, and exfoliants until the skin has healed.
By wearing masks daily, our skin is confined to a tight space, this can increase the amount of impurities and oils that get trapped under the skin. If you’ve been noticing new breakouts or black heads that have been caused by wearing a mask regularly, there are a few ingredients to incorporate into your routine to help keep the skin clear.
Salicylic acid is a gold-standard ingredient when it comes to keeping pores clean and skin smooth. Switching your routine to inslude Vivier Medicated Wash will help clean out the buildup of impurities in the skin as it features 2% Salicylic acid. Using Medicated Wash just once or twice daily will improve breakouts and work to clear congested pores.
What’s better than salicylic acid for congested skin? Salicylic acid TWICE! While Medicated Wash is a great first step to keeping pores and skin clear, for additional targeted treatment of blackheads and breakouts, try using Vivier AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cream. This powerhouse product packs some amazing ingredients: Salicylic acid for clear pores, alpha-hydroxy acids for a smooth, youthful complexion, Vitamin C and Vitamin E for antioxidant and anti-aging support, and peptides which play a key role in collagen production. This product is a 3-in-1 exfoliating, brightening, anti-aging lotion that creates clear, glowing skin.
Apply morning and night after serums but before other creams.
Restricting airflow and trapping stale, oxygen-poor air against our skin can cause a general dry, dullness to the skin. Our skin, like the rest of our organs, performs better and is healthier when it’s hydrated. One way to hydrate the skin is from the inside out by drinking plenty of water. We can also boost skin’s hydration from the outside in by incorporating hyaluronic acid.
Vivier Ulitmage™ is a revolutionary, medical-grade hyaluronic acid gel that delivers hydration to our skin, allowing the skin to function at its best. Ultimage™ also features neuropeptides, which smooth the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Applied once or twice daily after serums but before lotions will improve the look, appearance, and health of the skin.