Advanced Acne Clinic
Acne is the term for the blocked pores (blackheads and whiteheads), pimples, and deeper lumps (cysts or nodules) that can appear typically on the face, neck, chest, back, shoulders and upper arms. Seventeen million Americans currently have acne, making it the most common skin disease in the country. While it affects mostly teenagers, and almost all teenagers have some form of acne, adults of any age can have it.
Sebaceous glands are attached to hair follicles in the skin on the face, neck, back and chest. They produce an oily substance called sebum, which normally reaches the skin surface through the opening of the follicle (pore). When follicles become plugged, sebum cannot reach the surface of the skin. This blocked sebum promotes the growth of bacteria (Propionibacterium acnes, or P. acnes) beneath the skin, which in turn produce chemicals and enzymes that attract white blood cells, causing inflammation. Eventually the follicle wall breaks down and the sebum, skin cells and bacteria erupt to form lesions or pimples. These are the visible effects of acne.
Treatment for acne varies depending on the type and severity of lesions, skin type and the patient's age and lifestyle; on average results are visible in six to eight weeks. Options include:
- Topical Medications
- Isolaz Pore-Cleansing Treatments
- Red / Blue Light
- Photodynamic Therapy
- Acne Care Regimens
- Acne Facials, Peels & Extractions
Isolaz Pore-Cleansing and Scar Reduction Treatment
Isolaz photopneumatic treatment (PPX) is the only technology to combine vacuum and a painless broadband light. The vacuum gently lifts the impurities from the skin and the light destroys P. acnes bacterium. This is the most effective in a series of treatments and is not covered by insurance. SWC is the only facility in the Clearwater / St. Petersburg area to offer this technology.
Photodynamic Therapy with Levulan
PDTL is a light treatment combined with the photosensitizer Levulan and is used to treat various skin conditions. It is effective for inflammatory nodulocystic acne with most benefit in a series of three. PDTL is a consideration as an Accutane alternative. This treatment has some down time and is typically not covered by insurance.
Learn more about Photodynamic Therapy with Levulan.
This treatment merges soothing and invigorating spa therapies with advanced medical technology to achieve instant, lasting results. Using mild suction with a series of patented HydroPeel tips this treatment dislodges and removes impurities while hydrating the skin. There is no downtime and can be performed on all skin types.
Acne Facials, Peels & Extractions
Our experienced clinical esthetician can speed up the recovery of acne with these services. Consider augmenting your medical acne regimen with one of these treatments listed on our Skin Care Menu.