Microneedling and Medication for Acne
Bad news: most people will suffer from some degree of acne in their lives. Good news: there is a range of solutions for every type of acne and today, we are talking about microneedling and medication.
The Cause: Simply put, acne is caused by blocked pores. Acne occurs in the sebaceous glands on the face, neck, chest, and back. Adult acne is caused by the same things that cause teen acne—excess oil, bacteria, hormone changes, and menstruation. And as if you didn’t need another reason to quit, women who smoke are more prone to acne than those who don’t. The effects of acne range from mild to severe.
Treatment 01: Microneedling
Microneedling uses fine needles that puncture the skin and prompt the skin’s natural recovery where the skin produces more collagen. Microneedling smooths out the skin’s appearance and removes fine lines. It can also help repair acne scars, however, it’s recommended for depressed, not raised, scars. Dr. Anna might recommend microneedling in conjunction with Platelet-Rich Plasma treatment.
Dr. Anna offers the SkinPen®, the world’s first FDA-cleared microneedling device that is famed for its ability to reduce fine lines, scars, hyperpigmentation and improve overall texture. Alternatively, Dr. microneedling can be done with a dermal roller Sessions are 30-45 minutes long, a series of three treatments is recommended to achieve optimum results. There is minimal discomfort and downtime.
Treatment 2: Medication
Oftentimes, prescription medications are necessary to resolve acne issues. Dr. Anna may recommend:
- Benzoyl Peroxide: an over-the-counter topical treatment that limits the bacteria that causes acne. Benzoyl Peroxide comes in various strengths and formulas, so Dr. Anna will advise the right one for you.
- Antibiotics: As one of the oldest and most common answers to acne, antibiotics are available in pill and cream form. Unlike Benzoyl Peroxide, antibiotics focus on reducing inflammation. Topical Benzoyl Peroxide and antibiotics may be prescribed and used together.
- Oral contraceptives: Some women find that certain birth control tablets reduce acne. Some oral contraceptives reduce sebum production, so it’s worth exploring your options.
- Retinoids: Retinoids are Vitamin A derivatives used to treat mild to moderate acne by unclogging and pores and preventing new blackheads and whiteheads from forming.
Medication and microneedling are only two of the wide range of solutions available at Dr. Anna’s Medical Aesthetics.
Discuss all of your options during a 30-minute complimentary consultation with Dr. Anna. Book online or call 250 590 0883.