Back to School With Clear Skin
August 21, 2018
Most everybody has had some experience with acne at some point in their life. It is very common in young adults, but may persist into adulthood or appear episodically along with hormonal or dietary changes. There are many ways to reduce acne that involve lifestyle and diet modifications, topical ointments, and medications. Finding the best way to stop breakouts and have clear, healthy skin requires a basic understanding of what acne is and what causes it.
Acne is a skin condition that occurs when hair follicles become clogged with oil and dead skin cells. The bacteria that causes the inflammation, Propionibacterium acnes, becomes trapped in the occluded pore causing an infection. The body’s natural defenses respond to the infection with dilation of the surrounding blood vessels which causes redness and swelling of the skin. This response also brings white blood cells to the site to fight the infection, which may become visible as a white head. The occluded pore may or may not rupture as the body clears the infection, but the inflammation of the skin frequently causes post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation and scarring.
Clearing the visible effects of acne involves treating each of the causes and healing the skin to prevent scars. Lifestyle and diet modifications, like better skin cleansing and reduction in sugar, can help to improve or even resolve acne. Some women with acne may find that it improves with use of oral contraception. For more resistant cases, topical ointments including benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, and retinol help to kill the bacteria, reduce inflammation, and regulate skin cell growth, but frequently cause dryness and irritation. Oral antibiotics may be helpful to reduce the bacteria on the skin. In the most severe cases, some physicians will recommend isotretinoin (Accutane or Roaccutane), which may be effective to treat acne but has significant side effects including transient increase in acne, dry lips (cheilitis), dry and fragile skin, increased susceptibility to sunburn, and birth defects.
The only treatment for acne that works to kill the bacteria, reduce the inflammation, and heal the skin is Forever Clear BBL. This painless broad band light treatment has been shown to clear acne by 80 – 100% in more than 80% of people. It even helps to reduce post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation and scarring. The treatment has three parts. The first part uses 420nm light to kill the bacteria and prevent future breakouts. The second part uses 560/640nm light to shrink the inflamed blood vessels and reduce redness and swelling. The infrared light stimulates increased collagen production to heal the skin and reduce scarring.
Forever Clear BBL does not have any of the side effects that are common with other acne treatments, and is also more effective. It is the best way to clear moderate to severe acne for good within 6 – 8 weeks. With Forever Clear BBL, you can stop breakouts and go back to school (or work) with clear, healthy skin that lasts.