Acne Scar Laser Treatment
There would be a rare few people in this world, who, at one time or the other, have not been troubled by acne. Pimples have been around for teenagers since time immemorial and while for most people the acne disappears when they reach adulthood, there are some people who are troubled by it, even after. While most people will ignore their acne, there are those who will be truly worried by it – they will opt for all kinds of creams and lotions to get rid of it, but the fact of the matter is that for most people, acne is a huge problem.
If you are looking to find the best acne treatment in Bangalore, then there is only one place that you need to go to – AK Clinics. We offer some of the best acne treatment services and we can help you not only remove the acne, but also make sure that it does not return.
What is acne?
Our skin has pores, and when dirt, grime and oil from our daily routine clogs those pores, they lead to acne. If your skin is prone to acne, then your pores will get clogged with dead skin cells, even faster than normal ones. Healthy pores normally shed a single layer of dead skin cells a day, but if your skin is prone to acne, then the pores could be shedding up to five layers of dead skin each day! Because of this excessive shedding, the pores are unable to clear themselves out, leading to build up.
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What are the different types of acne?
Before treating acne, you need to understand the type – when you come to AK Clinics for acne treatment in Bangalore, our team of doctors will make sure that they take the time to diagnose the type of acne that is afflicting you and the plan of action will be based on that. There are basically two types of acne – inflammatory and non-inflammatory. Here are the main types of acne:
When pores become clogged because of the accumulation of dead skin cells and sebum, it leads to the formation of blackheads. The top of the pore remains open, but the rest of the pore is clogged, which is why it looks black.
Just like blackheads, these are also formed when the pores get clogged because of dead skin cells and sebum. However, the top of the pore is closed, which is why it looks white. Whiteheads are a lot more difficult to treat, because the pores are closed, unlike in the blackheads.
Pustules are formed when the walls surrounding the pores break down, and this is normally caused due to massive inflammation. Pustules are normally filled with pus and look like a red bump with a whitish or yellow head.
Like pustules, papules are also formed when the wall surrounding the pores break down. This leads to the clogging of the pores and is often pinkish in colour.
When the clogged pores start to grow larger and the irritation increases, it becomes a nodule. Nodules are also deeper inside the skin and are much tougher to treat.
A cyst is formed when bacteria also accumulates in the pores, along with the dead skin cells and sebum. These cysts are much deeper than even nodules and can be extremely painful to the touch. Cysts are the most severe form of acne and can lead to severe scarring.
How does acne occur?
When you walk into AK Clinics for acne scar treatment in Bangalore, our first step will be to educate you about how acne occurs. Although we will be handling everything associated with the treatment, we do find it helpful to ensure that our patients understand what is happening to their skin. Here is how acne is formed:
Skin cells are always in a state of regeneration and when old skin cells die, new ones will replace them. However, for skins that are prone to acne, these dead skin cells are not removed, leading to the clogging of the pores.
When the dead skin cells start to build up inside the pores, the cells become sticky and are unable to escape out. The sticky cells become almost like a plug inside the pore.
When there are hormonal changes in the body, there is a higher level of oil production in the body and this leads to even more dead skin shedding.
The oil in the skin works are the nutritional factor for the bacteria, which starts to grow exponentially, leading to completely blocked pores and inflammation.
Once the inflammation process is complete, there is the appearance of the bump, which is often filled with pus, and is known as a pimple or acne.
What causes acne?
There are several myths associated with acne, such as it appears only on the face and that if you eat too much of oily food, you will get more acne. The first thing that you need to understand is that acne can affect any part of your body, including your back, chest, neck, arms or even your buttocks. Understanding what causes acne is the first step to treating it and at AK Clinics, we consider this one of the most important steps for people who come to us for acne scar treatment in Bangalore.
These are some of the main reasons that cause acne:
Dirt and pollution
There is no denying that the world that we live in is filled with dirt and pollution today and the minute we step out of our home, we and are skin are subjected to it. The dust, dirt and grime blocks the pores, while the gases and chemicals that are floating in the atmosphere can inflame the pores even further. The combination leads to the formation of acne.
Although stress does not cause acne directly, it can definitely aggravate the same. When your body is stressed, the capillaries in the body tend to expand and this increases the blood flow. Because of the increased blood flow, your skin will look red and as if it is inflamed. Stress can also lead to increased androgen levels, which in turn will make the sebaceous glands secrete more sebum, leading to acne.
It is important to remember that most cosmetic products are made using some chemicals, and when you slather chemicals on your skin, you are inviting trouble. Cosmetics can clog the pores and prohibit skin from breathing properly.
There are certain types of acne, such as Acne Vulgaris, which are caused by hormonal imbalances in the body. When there is a rise in the levels of androgen, the oil glands start producing more sebum, which leads to the rupturing of the skin cells. The bacteria that causes acne then blocks the pores, creating acne.
Certain medicines, especially ones that contain steroids, bromides and iodides can bring upon acne or worsen existing acne. If you are taking anticonvulsant drugs, oral contraceptive pills or medicines for disorders like PCOS, you could be more prone to acne.
How is acne treated?
When you come to AK Clinics Bangalore, we ensure that we provide customised service to each client, because each person is different – each person’s skin is different, the cause for their acne will be different, which is why the same treatment will not work for everyone. We take the time to examine each person, find out what could be causing their acne, find out more about their skin type and then finalise a course of treatment, which would be the best option for them.
Here are some of the most commonly used treatments for acne:
If your acne has just started, you are in luck, because our dermatologist might just prescribe some topical lotions and creams and perhaps a few antibiotics. The topical solutions will have a small concentration of isotretinoin, while the antibiotics could include erythromycin, doxycycline and azithromycin. However, if the acne is on the severe side, then you might be prescribed a stronger concentration of isotretinoin.
The basic idea behind chemical peels is that it removed the outer layer of the skin, which is normally the dead skin layer. When this layer of the skin is removed under a controlled method, there is a proper exfoliation and if there are any superficial lesions on the skin, they are removed as well. Once the exfoliation has been done, the new layers of skin start to develop again and this skin will be much healthier and fresher looking. Trichloroacetic acid Peel and Salicylic Acid peel are the best for acne.
This is one of the most popular non-invasive procedures for acne treatment. In this procedure, a specialised equipment, which has crystals on the tip is used to buff the dead skin cells away. The skin texture is resurfaced and all the dead pores are flushed out. Whether you have uneven skin tone, age spots or acne, microdermabrasion is the way to go. The procedure helps with the stimulation of new cells, making the skin glow and making it look clear and clean.
We are one of the leaders when it comes to providing laser treatment for acne scars in Bangalore and this is one of the best methods to remove acne and acne scars. A device that emits high energy amplified light is used to vaporise the outer layer of the skin, revealing healthy new skin, that lies just beneath. The laser can also kill the bacteria which can lead to acne. The most popular lasers used for acne treatment include CO2, pulsed dye or erbium YAG lasers.
What happens before, during and after the acne treatment?
Before the Acne Treatment
The first step is the consultation, wherein our dermatologist will examine your skin carefully, taking notes on all the problems. This will allow them to chart out the most optimum course of treatment for you. This is also a great time to clarify all doubts and queries. You should also give all your medical information to the doctors, such as medication you might be on, any allergies that you might have and of course, any previous surgeries that you might have had.
During the Treatment
Depending on which procedure you are undergoing, you will be given the appropriate protective gear, such as protective eye shields. Whether you are undergoing a laser acne scar removal session or a microdermabrasion, a numbing gel will be applied to the skin to ensure that you feel no pain. The duration and the intensity of the procedure will be dependent on what your doctor has decided for you. With almost all the procedures, the time taken from start to finish will be anywhere between 30 to 60 minutes.
After the treatment
Once the procedure has been completely, our dermatologist will apply some topical lotion or cream to soothe the skin. In the days to come, you will need to keep a tab on what you eat and how you treat your skin. You will be given clear instructions on how to wash your face and take care of your skin. You will be asked to drink a lot of water and make sure you have proper sun protection, every time you step out of the house. In certain cases, you might be prescribed some form of oral or topical medication.
What are the risks or side effects of acne treatment?
If you are getting your treatments done at AK Clinics Bangalore, you have little to worry about, because we one of the best in the industry. We use the most modern equipment and methods to help our patients and our constant aim is to ensure that they face no discomfort and pain. However, there are always some risks and side effects associated with medical procedures, and some of the possible side effects of acne treatment include: