Acne is a disorder resulting from the action of hormones and other substances on the skin’s oil glands (sebaceous glands) and hair follicles. These factors lead to clogged pores and outbreaks of lesions commonly called pimples. If not controlled, acne can lead to emotional distress, and severe acne can lead to permanent scarring.
Holly Cutler, celebrity medical aesthetician also known as America’s Skin Saint™, rebuilt her own skin disfigured from cystic acne almost two decades ago, and has since created one of the most extensive rejuvenation clinics in the country, FACE Skincare~Medical~Wellness. Her multi-award-winning clinic offers over 35 laser and facial machines, injectables, non-surgical facelifts, body makeovers, and wellness treatments by renowned naturopathic physician Dr. Doug Cutler. Holly has been a featured expert on FOX, CBS, NBC, ABC, The Doctors Show, and in several national publications. She has now launched her own highly anticipated and innovative skincare product line, The Skin Saint™, and the first national virtual skincare consulting company to help people all over the country who may not be able to access the services at her clinic.
The exact cause of acne is unknown, but skin experts believe it results from several related factors. One important factor is an increase in hormones called androgens (male sex hormones). These increase in both boys and girls during puberty and cause the sebaceous glands to enlarge and make more sebum. Hormonal changes related to pregnancy or starting or stopping birth control pills can also cause acne.
Another factor is heredity or genetics. Researchers believe that the tendency to develop acne can be inherited from parents. For example, studies have shown that many school-age boys with acne have a family history of the disorder. Certain drugs, including androgens and lithium, are known to cause acne. Greasy cosmetics may alter the cells of the follicles and make them stick together, producing a plug.
The following treatments may be used to treat your acne:
Chemical and Medical Peels: Peels such as the Vi Peel, NanoLaserPeel and MicroLaserPeel reduce acne by keeping dead cells and excess oil from clogging the hair follicle. With over 20 types of peels, we customize them to the needs of the skin.
Laser Treatments: FACE offers a wide variety of laser treatments that can treat acne at the source. Depending on your skin type and specific needs, the team at FACE can help determine exactly which laser treatment is right for you.
Facials: Whether you choose our Acnelan Acne Facial, a Nano-Needling Luxury Facial or any of our other customized facial treatments, a facial is a great way to reduce signs of acne with minimal downtime.
Microphototherapy: Microphototherapy is light and heat-based therapy (LHE) that uses broad-spectrum light combined with Infrared light to even out skin tone, create skin that is younger, more even, smoother, and firmer, giving it a healthy glow. Incorporated into a facial or on its own, this low-level energy-based treatment will give you results in a series of sessions.
RevePeel®: The RevePeel® is a new peel system that is initially performed in-office but afterward is finished in the comfort of your own home. The RevePeel® uses an oil-based application system to the top layer of skin. Over the next seven days, the oils work to exfoliate the skin and bring fresh skin up to the surface, leaving the skin looking and feeling clean and rejuvenated.
Subcision: This treatment reduces the appearance of acne and acne scars by breaking the fibrotic strands holding the scarring together. Depressed and pitted acne scars can be effectively treated with subcision.
Changing hormone levels, friction caused by leaning on or rubbing the skin, pressure from bike helmets, backpacks, or tight collars, oils in the hair, or on pillowcases, environmental irritants, such as pollution and high humidity, squeezing or picking at blemishes, and hard scrubbing of the skin can all make acne worse.
There are many myths about what causes acne. People say food does not influence the skin, and we couldnʼt disagree more. Our Naturopathic Physician can look at your food sensitivities, as once these are reduced, many people have seen improvement in their acne. Obviously, this is not the only factor, as stress, hormonal imbalance, gastrointestinal issues, and toxic burden can also play a role. Another common myth is that dirty skin causes acne; however, blackheads and other acne lesions are not caused by dirt.
People of all races and ages get acne. It is most common in adolescents and young adults. Nearly 85 percent of people between the ages of 12 and 24 develop the disorder. For most people, acne tends to go away by the time they reach their thirties; however, some people in their forties and fifties continue to have this skin problem.
Acne is treated by dermatologists and/or Licensed skincare professionals, such as our Licensed Skin Management Experts™. Each professional treats all kinds of acne, although each goes about it differently.
The goals of treatment are to heal existing lesions, stop new lesions from forming, prevent and treat scarring, and minimize the psychological stress and embarrassment caused by this disease. In severe cases, we recommend seeing a dermatologist in addition to a FACE Skin Management Expert™ for drug treatment. This is aimed at reducing several problems that play a part in causing acne: abnormal clumping of cells in the follicles, increased oil production, bacteria, and inflammation. We also recommend clinical home-care products for all acne cases as adjunctive therapy in addition to professional acne treatments.
*Individual Results May Vary