What Are The Best Acne Treatments?
Acne breakouts can happen to anyone, at any age, though it’s most common among teenagers or women with changing hormones. In your search for a new acne treatment, you may have also heard that this very common skin condition can be worsened by eating greasy foods like hamburgers, fries, or pizza; from eating too much sugar; that you’re not washing your sheets, towels, or skin enough; or that you’re making it worse by wearing make-up.
To reverse the problem, you can start an acne-friendly skin care routine at home, but to get it under control, you should seek professional advice for the right treatment for each type of blemish.
At Qazi Cosmetic Clinic and Med Spa in Newport Beach, California, Dr. Nadir Qazi is an expert in controlling imperfections in your skin caused by acne breakouts. You can choose between medical grade chemical peels, lasers, cortisone shots, or a combination of any of these procedures.
What Is Acne And Why Is It So Common?
Acne can be persistent. It can be ugly. It can be embarrassing. And it can be frustrating. It’s caused by hair follicles that become plugged with oil and dead skin cells. When bacteria develops, you get a breakout, often with inflammation.
According to the Academy of Dermatology, between 40 and 50 million Americans are affected by mild to moderate acne, but almost 100% of teenagers start developing acne during puberty.
Other factors for acne can be heredity; hormones; certain medications like corticosteroids, testosterone, or lithium; environmental factors such as stress; your skin care routinel a dirty cell phone rubbing against your face; pillowcases that haven’t been washed recently; or touching your face too often with unclean hands.
What Are The Different Types of Pimples?
The Mayo Clinic categorizes acne into six different types that typically appear on your face, forehead, chest, upper back, and shoulders. Any consistent outbreak can be the reason to seek a new acne treatment:
- Whiteheads –– closed plugged pores with a white domed tip
- Blackheads – open plugged pores with a black tip, which looks like dirt that’s stuck in your pores
- Papules – small, red, and tender bumps
- Pustules – pimples with pus at their tips
- Nodules – large, solid, and painful lumps under your skin
- Cystic legions – painful, pus-filled lumps under your skin.
What Self-Care Acne Treatments Can Help at Home?
Here is a very logical and easy-to-follow list of good hygiene habits from the American Academy of Dermatology Association:
- Wash your face at least twice a day, especially after sweating, wearing a hat or a helmet
- Apply a gentle, non-abrasive cleanser with your fingers or cotton swab; anything else like a washcloth may irritate your skin
- Always be gentle on your skin, especially by using oil- and alcohol-free products, but not astringents, exfoliants, and toners
- Don’t scrub your skin, which can make your acne flare up
- Rinse your skin with lukewarm water
- Don’t pick, pop, or squeeze your skin, even though it’s very tempting; let it heat naturally
- Shampoo your hair regularly, especially if you have oily hair
- Avoid touching your face to keep your skin clean
- Stay away from tanning beds and out of the sun, which can damage your skin
- Consult a skin expert if your skin is getting worse or acne is leaving scars.
The Best Treatment for Acne: Start With A Facial.
At Qazi Cosmetic Clinic, we offer our patients a choice of treatments for their skin conditions. One of the best –– and most frequently requested –– is a selection of luxury facials to help maintain healthy skin.
One new acne treatment is the pampering Clear Skin Facial, which takes about 80 minutes and is customized for each patient. It’s ideal for detoxing your skin to target your underlying causes of acne. This includes purifying your skin, exfoliating, high frequency, detailed extractions, and a custom mask.
Another option is a medical grade chemical peel. This one takes about 15 minutes and is ideal for detoxing your skin to target the underlying causes of your acne. Peels can also help with pigmentation and overall skin texture.
Are Lasers and Chemical Peels Effective Against Acne?
They certainly are. Dr. Qazi uses either to return your skin to its normal glow if you have one or more of these types of skin problems:
- Keloid scars
- Active acne outbreaks
- Aging skin
- Cystic pimples
- Fine lines
- Ingrown hairs
- Large pores
- Sun damage
Medical Grade Chemical Peels for Acne.
For any skin problem arising from acne, Qazi Clinic recommends a combination of skin-soothing, skin-repairing medical grade chemical peels with lasers as a new acne treatment for recent eruptions on your face, forehead, chest, upper back, or shoulders.
This high level chemical peel is applied by Dr. Qazi to meet your skin’s personalized needs, so it is much more effective than a peel performed by a nurse or an esthetician somewhere else.
A medical grade chemical peel penetrates into your skin to help fight active acne and reduce flare ups, as well as melasma (grey or brown patches of skin), sun damage, discoloration, fine lines, and wrinkles. We have a variety of peels, safe for all skin types, and some have minimal downtime. Optimal results can require a few ongoing sessions, which is why some patients call this their best treatment for acne.
And also consider the Customized Glycolic Acid Acne Peel, which is used to treat flare ups on your face and even out your skin tone. It’s safe on all skin types and requires minimal downtime, too.
Laser Acne Removal Works, Too.
One of our specific acne treatments is cutting-edge. Dr. Qazi uses a laser to treat redness, inflammation, active acne and cystic pimples on your face, jaw, neck, check, and back. Our patients who want clear skin and a long-term acne solution can be recommended this option
A Great Shot at Removing Blemishes, Instantly.
Yet another opportunity to remove active acne on your body, cystic pimples, and ingrown hairs –– instantly –– is a cortisone shot that is injected directly into your individual acne lesions with a small syringe. The diluted steroid then goes to work immediately to minimize your blemish within hours after your treatment. Within one to three days, your blemish can be gone, just in time for a special event.
What Are The Results of Treatments for Acne?
The results of any new acne treatment by our Newport Beach, California, specialists include:
- Clearer skin, smaller pores, reduced redness, plus an instant plump and a fresh, youthful glow. In fact, most patients who visit our offices typically notice a difference within a few hours of their facial.
- Medical-Grade Chemical Peels can help to fade mild acne scars within a week. But with customized treatments, they can also fight active acne and reduce future flare ups. Any redness and flaking should stop after about 7 days to reveal new, healthy-looking skin.
- Lasers typically improve skin texture after about 2 weeks, though several treatments are usually required to obtain optimal results.
- Cortisone Shots reveal results within 24 to 72 hours after your treatment, when you notice the acne bump will disappear.
Who Is A Good Candidate For Any of These Acne Treatments?
Regardless of your age, gender, or skin tone, whether you are pregnant or not, just about anyone can benefit from a best treatment for acne. If you have active acne, a chemical peel can provide a deep cleansing, you can get glowing skin with our facials, or can see good results from laser treatments and cortisone shots.
As with any of our cosmetic treatments, an initial consultation with Dr. Qazi always determines which particular treatment or combination will work best for your particular skin type and color.
Are Any of These Treatments Painful?
Our patients say that our medical-grade chemical peels are virtually painless and they only feel a tingling sensation… that our laser treatments are not painful and do not even require topical numbing… and they only experience some discomfort at the point of a cortisone injection.
What Should You Do Before Your New Acne Treatment Appointment?
As with other facial treatments, we recommend that our patients avoid wearing makeup on the day of your procedure; however, our office specialists will gladly remove any make-up if you wish.
If you have been taking Accutane to treat acne within the last three months, or if you’re having an active herpes outbreak, you should inform your provider immediately before doing any treatments.
And if you have any concerns, please discuss them with Dr. Qazi during your first office visit.
Are There Any Side Effects?
There are typically no side effects chemical peels, lasers, or cortisone shots for acne treatments. However, you may experience one of more of the following temporary reactions:
- Redness and irritation
- Blotchy skin
- Post-facial breakouts
Are There Any Aftercare Instructions for These Treatments?
Dr. Qazi takes the time to meet with every patient to discuss your individual treatment options –– before, during, and especially after your procedure.
There are no aftercare instructions, but we would not recommend going into a steam or sauna after an acne treatment, and would also recommend avoiding facials or waxing the treated area the same day. It is also essential to wear sunscreen diligently after your treatment.
Are These Treatments Safe For My Skin Tone?
Yes, patients with any skin tone as well as any type of skin can all benefit from these types of treatments which are customized to be safe for you.
What Does a Treatment for Acne Cost?
At Qazi Cosmetic Clinic and Med Spa, the cost for any of our non-invasive cosmetic procedures depends on your particular needs and what your desired results may be. This will all be discussed at your initial consultation with Dr. Qazi.
Can I Read Some Testimonials About Your Best Treatment for Acne?*
Our first priority with each patient is your satisfaction, especially for your skin. Here are some recent testimonials about various treatments…
“I have struggled with large pores and some acne breakouts for years and have been referred to some of the best dermatologists for this. Some medications and creams that I have been placed on would seem to help for a short period but I still had oily skin and large pores. And then when I tried increasing the doses for the creams, my skin became really irritated and red. Needless to say, I was looking for some additional options so I went to Dr. Qazi. He placed me on some medications but also did a series of lasers with microneedling which really seemed to help the most. My skin is not only clearer now, it is also a lot less oily and I can comfortably go out without any makeup now. I definitely recommend going to him and I will be back for other treatments in the future.”
“Dr. Qazi was so sweet, friendly, and personable. The entire staff made me so comfortable the minute I walked in. I went in for a laser eraser treatment and a week after treatment my skin felt and looked so smooth, especially in my nose area where I struggled with large pores! Highly recommend checking out Dr. Qazi and the whole staff!! Thank you once again to Dr. Qazi and the entire staff for being so sweet!”
*Results may vary and are not guaranteed.
Book Your Appointment Today for a New Acne Treatment.
To learn more about the best treatment for acne by our expert, please contact our office to schedule your initial consultation here in Newport Beach, California.