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Acne Scars Done & Dusted

“Acne does not discriminate. It’s an equal opportunity offender.”

By the age of 25, most everyone has experienced some level of acne. Acne does not discriminate. It’s an equal opportunity offender. Whether it’s the lumpy congestion made up of blackheads & whiteheads, the siren red pimples, the oiliness or the scarring…when it’s on our face…we want it gone.

I’m going to talk specifically about how to successfully eliminate the scarring from PIH, or post inflammatory hyperpigmentation which leaves that dreaded reddish-purple spot long after the offensive blemish has gone. I’ll also talk about correcting the depth and texture of the scars to eventually give you an improved, more smooth appearance.

Step 1. See a skin care provider for direction

First things first, the blemish is gone. Yay! Step One- Get in to see your clinical aesthetician or dermatologist for an evaluation. This is money well spent as it will save you from buying countless products and treatments that you don’t need, or that are not appropriate for you. For complete correction you will need 3 things; professional treatments, professional strength products, and the discipline to be consistent with your program. With these steps, you will have success.

Your skin care provider will likely recommend a schedule of treatments as well as a few key products. It’s all about combination therapy.

First, I recommend treatments that will stimulate new collagen which will translate to plump, new skin to begin smoothing the scar. For this, I like two treatments; (1) Microneedle with Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) for scars with more depth like icepick & boxcar scars and (2) Viva RF Microneedle with PRP for lighter scarring. Both treatments are done in a series with usually one every 4-6 weeks. Treatments will be $250 to $500 per session. Photo below depicts 2 Microneedle treatments at 30/60 days post treatment.

Step 2. Home use products….the key to success!

Secondly, it’s all about the product you will need to use at home daily. I always recommend an exfoliating product (to rapidly shed the dead, impacted cells) to be used 2-3 times weekly. I pair with that a core program of a Salicylic based gel cleanser for evening, and a lipid based cleanser for morning. I like Avene Xeracalm Cleansing Oil, $32. It’s also brilliant for removing all of your makeup with zero sting! A good product for day to begin the brightening process is Skin Ceuticals Phloretin CF, $169 with a 10% Ascorbic acid, and 2% Phloretin.

Over that, an excellent broad spectrum sunscreen should be worn daily. This is a crucial step that often gets overlooked (because it’s rainy or gloomy weather) but the damaging UVA/UVB rays are out regardless of sun or none. A huge part of the correction process with acne scars is removing pigment so SPF cannot be skipped. For sunscreen, I like the powdery finish of Jan Marini Antioxidant Spf33, it settles on the skin nicely with no weight. For the evening, I call it the “Two-Punch,”  a good 2% Salicylic lotion is very useful, I like Jan Marini Bioclear Lotion, $80 with Meladerm over the top, only available at www.civant.com, $49. This is a powerful skin lightener with a layered formulation that is free of Hydroquinone and safe to use daily.

Step 3. Hands Off

Lastly, keep your hands off of your face. No fiddling, touching, picking. Bad things happen when you start picking. It’s a sure fire way to scar your skin and spread the bacteria to perpetuate more acne. And no, don’t buy an extractor tool either. There is no good way to pick at your face. That’s my job.

 

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Why the Regenlite Laser Is Your New Best Friend

Best friends bring out the best in you… and so does the Regenlite laser. This revolutionary skin treatment is a patient favorite here at Natural Foundations. Keep reading to learn more about the Regenlite laser and then call us to book your treatment. You’ve never looked this good!

What Is the Regenlite Laser?

The Regenlite is versatile laser device that can be used to treat Why the Regenlite Laser Is Your New Best Friendmany common skin problems. It is great for acne and acne scars, lifting skin around the eyes, skin rejuvenation, scarring, lesions and pigmentation problems, warts and more. Treatment is quick and there’s no need for downtime after. Best of all, unlike many laser treatments, the Regenlite treatment is painless; patients often describe the sensation as warm water drops being applied to the skin or a warming sensation.

This treatment uses low level laser energy to treat damaged skin. The unique wavelength of light is emitted from a specialized hand piece that we use to target specific treatment areas. You may have a bit of bruising in the treatment area, but this typically fades within a day or two.

Our patients love the results they see after treatment. How can Regenlite benefit you?

  • Acne/Acne Scarring: A single treatment has been shown to decrease the average number of acne lesions by 50%. Improvement lasts 12+ weeks with a single treatment. For patients with active acne, we usually recommend three treatments spaced over three months. Regenlite is a great choice for both active acne and acne scarring.
  • Skin Tightening: Loose, sagging skin? Tighten it up. The Regenlite is a great choice for non-surgical skin tightening without downtime. This treatment stimulates collagen and elastin production so you can see continued improvement over a long period of time. The results are natural-looking and impressive.
  • Skin Rejuvenation: Turn back the clock and rediscover a younger-looking you with the Regenlite laser. This treatment is great for shrinking pores, reducing wrinkles, fading hyperpigmentation, smoothing skin, etc.
  • Wart Removal: Forget painful wart treatments! With Regenlite, wart removal is practically painless and once the wart is gone, its gone for good (although new warts can still develop).

Call us today and book your appointment with the Regenlite laser. Like your best friend, treatment with Regenlite just feels right.

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