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Acne, Acne Scarring & Scars

Acne, Acne Scarring & Scars

When it comes to the treatment of acne, residents of Lima, Celina or the greater Auglaize County area, can turn with confidence to the Vein Care Center in Lima, OH, which is completely committed to providing expert, personalized care customized to suit the individual needs of every patient suffering from acne. Our state-of-the-art facility is run by Dr. Manu B. Aggarwal, MHSA, MD, a board-certified and aesthetic-laser-certified family physician who can help you address the symptoms and root causes of acne.

What is acne?

Acne is a common and easily recognizable condition. Most frequently, acne appears as pimples and other lesions on the face or upper back caused by the inflammation of your skin glands and the tiny, narrow canals in the skin known as hair follicles. Other indicators of an acne problem include whiteheads, blackheads, pink, inflamed lesions that resemble small bumps, or deep, painful, pus-filled nodules or cysts which can cause scarring. Acne also commonly appears on the neck, chest and shoulders.

Contrary to popular belief, acne is not purely a hygiene issue, although poor hygiene can contribute to an acne problem and also help improve it if one exists. Acne occurs when several skin issues occur simultaneously. Those issues include: excess oil production; your hair follicles become clogged by dead skin cells, dirt and oil; there are bacteria present; and your body begins to overproduce certain hormones known as androgens. When you experience these issues, more than likely you will experience an acne break-out.

While acne is not usually a serious health condition, it can cause significant emotional distress, can make social situations difficult or embarrassing and can cause permanent skin scarring if left untreated. While over-the-counter treatments can help you combat some milder forms of acne, if you suffer from more aggressive acne or frequent break-outs, you will want to seek medical help to avoid emotional or physical harm. If you suffer from chronic or aggressive acne — or even persistent, mild acne — you can seek treatment to improve your appearance and, in some cases, resolve the issue entirely.

Fortunately, you have several good options available to help you stop acne, and the Vein Care Center proudly offers one of the best procedures on the market to turn your skin around and help you look and feel great again.

What causes acne?

Acne is a treatable condition, and you do not need to wait for it to “clear up” on its own. Acne is often caused by the plugging of the pores of the skin and is considered a clinical condition, a disease of pilosebaceous units which are found just under the skin on the face, upper back, and chest. These skin structures contain sebaceous glands that are connected to your hair follicles and which produce sebum, an oily substance that empties onto the skin via the hair follicles.

Acne is partly the result of the action of hormones on your skin’s oil glands and hair follicles interacting with bacteria as well. A treatment that both kills excess bacteria and reduces the levels of sebum produced by your skin will provide you with the greatest reduction in acne, and the clearest skin possible, by significantly reducing break-outs.

What kinds of acne treatment are available?

Over-the-counter products will help treat milder forms of acne by attacking the multiple sources of acne described above. Benzoyl peroxide will kill bacteria while salicylic acid will help open closed pores. Alpha hydroxy acids help your skin by clearing away dead skin cells which can clog pores. However, while effective for milder forms of acne, you may not find that these treatments go far enough to treat your skin condition. Extreme forms of acne will require a solution that does more and goes deeper into your skin to treat the root of the acne problem.

To address more severe forms of acne, the Vein Care Center proudly offers the Cutera Excel V laser treatment, a procedure designed to address the most significant contributor to acne, bacteria. The Cutera Excel V focuses on killing the bacteria which causes acne break-outs. This unique laser treatment heats your skin in a targeted and controlled way and excites compounds in the bacteria called porphyrins. Porphyrins are a chemical compound which naturally occurs in the body and is typically responsible for the pigmentation of our skin. However, this compound can also be found in the bacteria which causes acne.

The precise heat delivered to the skin by the Cutera Excel V solid-state laser destabilizes these compounds, kills the bacteria and eliminates a prime source of your acne. The result of a Cutera Excel V laser treatment is noticeably improved skin quality and reduced acne. Further adding to the benefits you will receive, the laser operates precisely at two separate wavelengths. This gives Dr. Aggarwal and her team greater control over your treatment, ensures that even the most aggressive forms of acne will see improvement and also that you do not receive too much treatment. A Cutera Excel V laser treatment has also been shown to reduce the level of oil produced by treated skin, helping you avoid future break-outs as well.

What is the Cutera Excel V acne treatment like?

If you qualify to receive a Cutera Excel V acne treatment, you and your doctor will schedule a procedure date, and you will return to her offices for the quick, out-patient procedure. You will not need any anesthesia, sedatives or pain medications before receiving your Cutera Excel V treatment. During the 15 to 30 minute procedure, Dr. Aggarwal will pass the laser applicator over the affected skin until the entire concern area has been treated. A proprietary cooling mechanism built-in to the delivery device ensures your comfort and safety throughout the procedure.

After your treatment, you can return to your regular activities with virtually no downtime. Usually, four treatments about two to four weeks apart are recommended to obtain optimal results. We offer packages for these treatments which include four treatments in one package which is usually sufficient to treat most cases of acne.

Am I a candidate for Cutera Excel V acne treatment?

Acne isn’t just a problem that afflicts teenagers, and in fact, it is a myth that the problem of acne ends when high school ends. According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), about 80 percent of people between the ages of 11 and 30 have acne outbreaks at some point. If you suffer from acne, no matter what your age, you may be a great candidate for acne treatment at the Vein Care Center, so contact us now to schedule your consultation.

Clear Skin Is A Call Away

When it comes to the treatment of acne, residents of Lima, Celina and the greater Auglaize County area can confidently rely on the Vein Care Center. The Vein Care Center is committed to providing expert, personalized care customized to your individual needs whether you suffer from acne or other conditions of the skin or veins.

Dr. Manu B. Aggarwal, MHSA, MD, a board-certified and aesthetic-laser-certified family physician and operator of the Vein Care Centers’ state-of-the-art facility, can help you address the causes and symptoms of acne and many other skin conditions which may cause you significant distress in your daily life.

At the Vein Care Center, we offer laser treatments targeted to treating your specific acne issues. Dr. Aggarwal and her caring, supportive staff look forward to providing you with the best and most comprehensive acne treatment possible. Call us today at 419-227-4472 to learn more about how a Cutera Excel V acne treatment can help restore the fresh, youthful and attractive complexion you deserve.

The information about acne & acne scarring was reviewed by Dr. Manu B. Aggarwal. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us using our contact form below.

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