Acne

Cosmetic Solutions Laser and Skin Care Center

Medical Aesthetics Center & Laser Center located in Cedar Rapids, IA

You might think that acne is something you have to suffer through as a teenager, but not only does acne develop outside of adolescence, but you don’t have to put up with it. The team of medically trained and licensed beauty experts at Cosmetic Solutions in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, offer a variety of medical-grade treatments to clear your skin and reduce acne scarring. If you want clear, healthy skin, call or make an appointment online today.

Acne Q & A

Cosmetic Solutions Laser and Skin Care Center

What is acne?

Acne is a skin condition that develops when your pores become clogged with excess sebum — an oily substance produced by your skin — and dead skin cells. The clogged pore develops a whitehead or a blackhead, and if bacteria is trapped in the poor, it may become infected. This infection causes the raised red bump you recognize as a pimple.

Acne can develop anywhere on your body, but most people develop pimples on their face, back, chest, and shoulders.

What causes acne?

There are a lot of old wives’ tales about what causes acne, like chocolate, greasy food, and caffeine. However, in reality, acne is caused by your genetics and hormones. As adolescents go through puberty, they have higher levels of androgens — the male sex hormones — which can lead to extra sebum production. You might also develop acne because of hormones in your birth control or hormonal imbalances caused by issues like polycystic ovary syndrome or thyroid dysfunction.

Bacteria are another contributing factor to acne. Bacteria thrive in warm, moist locations, and a clogged pore meets those requirements. Keeping your face clean with appropriate products and avoiding touching your face can reduce the bacteria on your skin.

How is acne treated?

After a detailed consultation, the team at Cosmetic Solutions offers advice on changes to your diet and other habits as well as skin care routine suggestions. Additionally, they provide customized acne treatment to improve the appearance of your skin, reducing acne and acne scarring. Some of the treatments include:

Laser treatments

The team uses the Pico Genesis laser to treat acne and reduce acne scarring. The laser penetrates your skin and breaks up excess melanin that causes discoloration. It also stimulates collagen production which may raise depressed acne scars.

Microneedling with or without PRP

Microneedling is another excellent treatment to reduce the appearance of acne scarring. Your beauty expert uses the Micropen® and can use platelet-rich plasma to stimulate your skin’s ability to regenerate and heal itself.

HydraFacial MD®

The HydraFacial MD is a gentle microdermabrasion treatment that sloughs away old, dead skin cells, while also applying customized serums and products to improve the appearance of your skin.

Medical-grade skin care products

The team at Cosmetic Solutions can also prescribe medical-grade skin care products, including cleansers, toners, and moisturizers to help keep your skin clear and fresh looking.

If you’re frustrated by acne and want clear, healthy skin, call or make an appointment online today for expert care.

*Individual results may vary.

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