Wednesday, August 10, 2016

The Fight Against Acne Continues as the FDA Approves OTC Differin Gel

Acne is one of the most common skin conditions that teenagers and young adults suffer with. Acne affects over 50 million Americans and can be characterized as a breakout of pimples, blackheads, cysts, oily skin and whiteheads. Acne is an inflammation that occurs in the sebaceous glands when hair follicles become clogged with sebum oil and dead skin cells. Acne can appear on the face, chest, shoulders, back, upper arms and neck, so many people have turned to prescription medication to aggressively attack the acne and prevent further outbreaks. Fortunately, the FDA has approved over-the-counter Differin Gel to treat acne patients age 12 and older. Differin Gel 0.1% was first approved in 1996 as a prescription medication to treat acne and now it’s the first retinoid to be approved for over-the-counter use in acne treatment. Patients should apply a thin layer of the gel over the affected areas of the skin daily. It should only be used externally and should not be applied on damaged skin. If you’re pregnant, breast-feeding or planning a pregnancy, you should consult a doctor to see if it’s safe to use.   For some cases of severe acne, Differin Gel and topical solutions like antibiotics and astringents may not be strong enough to reduce inflammations caused by acne. But there are some more aggressive non-invasive approaches that can effectively prevent acne flare ups from reoccurring. Thanks to the advent of modern techniques acne problems can be corrected with procedures that go deep into the skin’s surface to help minimize the overproduction of sebum oil. These treatments also unclog the pores and generate new healthy skin. There are some procedures that also correct blemishes and scarring caused  by acne.   At Advanced Skin Fitness, we offer Clearlight Laser Treatment for clearing up acne. Clearlight Laser is a non-invasive procedure that uses high intensity blue light to improve acne inflammations of bumps and pimples.   We also offer Microdermabrasion as a treatment for acne. Microdermabrasion is a non-invasive treatment that improves the texture of the skin by shedding the dead damaged outer layer of the skin and thoroughly clearing clogged pores to prevent acne breakouts.   Another procedure that we perform to treat acne inflammation is Microneedling with Radio Frequency Micro-needling with Radio Frequency is a technique that helps smooth out wrinkles, induce collagen and elastin reproduction and eliminate blemishes caused by acne scars. Patients should also consider our Hydrafacial treatment for acne. It’s a safe, non-invasive, non surgical treatment that delivers the beneficial properties of an elevated chemical peel in a series of specific steps for smooth healthy skin. The procedure also involves painlessly removing any exorbitance of oil that has accumulated in the pores and hydrating the skin with antioxidants. For more information on ways to treat acne and acne scars, stop by or call. We’re open 10AM to 6PM Tuesday – Friday and 10AM – 4PM on Saturdays for your convenience. Drop by and talk with us. Advanced Skin Fitness 2928 Oak Lawn Avenue Dallas, Texas 75219 (214) 521-5277  

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