Acne Treatment

Acne is an inflammatory skin condition that affects the hair follicles and their sebaceous glands. These produce sebum, a wax-like substance that protects our skin from drying out. In acne, these become blocked, leading to inflamed lesions (pimples or pustules) that may group together to form cysts or nodules. 

If you have this condition, do not delay seeking treatment as the condition can spread. Not only are acne spots painful, but scarring can result from large spots or skin picking in an attempt to relieve them.

Causes of Acne

Despite popular belief, acne is not entirely genetic, or an inevitable part of puberty. Other causes include: 

  • Oil-based skincare products and makeup
  • Severe stress, anxiety, or anger as a result of spikes in stress hormones
  • Junk foods and dairy products, which can over-stimulate insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1). IGF-1 increases sebum production. 
  • Imbalances in sex hormones, particularly excess DHT, a more potent form of testosterone. 
  • Excess sun exposure
  • Occlusive clothing or accessories such as headbands
  • Some medications including anticonvulsants, steroids, and lithium 

Acne Treatment Methods At Bella Sana Clinic

If you’re looking for the best acne treatment in Chicago, search for clinics that individualize therapies instead of a one-size-fits-all approach. At tBella Sana Clinic, our treatments for each type of acne are generally: 

HydraFacial – Blackheads and Light Acne 

Blackheads and light acne predominately feature oily skin and blocked pores. Here, your skin’s natural cleansing processes are overburdened. 

The HydraFacial acne treatment protocol is suitable for prevention and treatment of blackheads and light acne. It exfoliates and cleanses your skin, clearing excess oil, dead cells, and other substances. Even better, the HydraFacial re-hydrates your skin so it doesn’t overcompensate by producing excessive sebum and oils. 

 

IPL Therapy and HydraFacial – Mild Acne

In mild cases, more inflammation is present compared to light symptoms or blackheads. There may be a greater bacterial involvement, and long-term damage such as scarring. 

One of the best acne treatments is the Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) photofacial. IPL treatments use specific wavelengths of light that match those in the affected area. Light and heat is absorbed by the target, which is then destroyed. These targets can include the P. acnes bacteria or blood vessels supplying the sebaceous glands. IPL photofacials may also reduce scarring when set to the specific pigments in scar tissue. 

As with the mildest cases of acne, HydraFacial treatment assists in cleansing, exfoliating and restoring your skin. 

IPL, Chemical Peels, and Laser Therapy – Active, Inflamed Acne

The acne treatment protocol for active, inflamed cases is more in-depth to address its greater severity. 

Just like milder cases, IPL photofacials are used to reduce sebum production or P. acnes infection. Chemical peels are frequently necessary too, where older surface layers of skin are exfoliated to remove dead, damaged cells and encourage rejuvenation. At Bella Sana Med Spa, we only use natural plant-derived acids for a safer, more effective experience. Laser skin rejuvenation is another common acne treatment, which further stimulates cellular and tissue regeneration after years of damage. 

 

Steps to Prevent Acne

To prevent this condition, you must address its causes. Some steps you may need to take, depending on your unique case, include: 

  • Use lighter, water-based personal care products. 
  • Avoid accessories such as thick headbands
  • Wash your face thoroughly with a gentle cleanser, particularly if you must wear a face mask or other PPE
  • Reduce dairy products and obtain more of your calcium from plant-based sources
  • Reduce or eliminate junk food
  • Test for and address hormonal imbalances if necessary 

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Our Med Spa clinic is conveniently located at the intersection of Golf Rd and N Des Plaines River Rd, close to route 294. Bella Sana is located in the professional medical building and has convenient parking for its customers. We will be happy to welcome you here!

  •  1400. Golf Rd #205, Des Plaines IL 60016
  •  (847) 576-0505
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Working hours

Monday – Friday:  10:00 AM – 6:00PM
Saturday:  10:00 AM – 4:00PM
Sunday:  Closed