April in Utah is a great time. Tulips are up. Trees are budding. Everything is getting ready to blossom.
What about your teenager’s acne? Is it going to remain in bloom? Hopefully not. At Spa Vitoria, we have some treatments to help keep acne under control.
What Is Acne?
Acne comes from the sebaceous glands, which are located at the base of the hair follicles. The sebaceous glands are responsible for secreting oil to help keep our skin and hair from drying out. But during puberty, the sebaceous glands can go a little crazy with oil production, like a fracking well in North Dakota. The hormonal fluctuations that come with puberty cause the sebaceous glands to produce more oil than usual. This oil cannot be distributed fast enough, and it creates a clog in the pore.
What happens in a clogged pore? The P.acnes bacteria that are ever-present in these pores now begin reproducing like no one’s business. These excess bacteria cause the gland and the surrounding skin to become inflamed. Now you have a breakout. Whiteheads and blackheads will follow.
People mistakenly assume acne can be caused by other issues than the sebaceous glands. Research has shown that not to be the case. Eating French fries or chocolate has no effect on acne. Nor does washing your face or not washing your face. In fact, working on acne-prone skin too intensively will create even more inflammation.
Saltz Treatments for Acne
In Spa Vitoria, we have a few treatments that are great for helping your teenager deal with his or her acne. Our Acne Facial detoxifies breakout-prone skin. These facials exfoliate the skin to remove some of the excess skin cells that can help pores to clog. If desired, extractions can be a part of these facials.
Intense Pulsed Light is also helpful when dealing with acne. The IPL energy can kill much of the bacteria in the sebaceous glands, and this keeps the glands from becoming inflamed. Other laser procedures can be beneficial for acne, as well.
Are you interested in helping your teenager get a handle on his or her acne? Call us at Saltz Plastic Surgery in our Salt Lake City (801) 274-9500 or Park City (435) 655-6612 offices to make an appointment.