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Your Guide to Acne Types

Posted By: Lic. Silvia Derasner | January 18th, 2016 | Blog

beauty portrait“Acne vulgaris” is the scientific name for pimples. As the Latin suggests, it is a visually unpleasant condition that marks the face with angry bumps and pustules. Although distressingly common, acne is, fortunately, treatable. The Spectra Peel treatment is capable of eliminating existing acne and reducing the likelihood of further outbreaks.

 

When the Skin Works Too Well

 

The skin is home to countless hair follicles and pores, within which lie the sebaceous glands that produce oils necessary for keeping the skin healthy and smooth. Unfortunately, these holes can become clogged by overproduction and dead skin, which form the lesions known as acne. Acne comes in a number of different forms, which serves as a kind of “hit list” for what the Spectra Peel laser treatment can eliminate.

 

Blackheads

 

These are pimples that are open to the air and filled with clogs of oil and dead skin. The name comes from their black appearance which, interestingly, is not actually a result of dirt or debris. The colour is actually the oil reacting to the air.

 

Whitehead

 

These are identical to blackheads except the pimple remains sealed off from the air. Whiteheads get their name from the pale “point” where the clog presses against the skin the most.

 

Papule

 

As dead skin and bacteria accumulate inside a pimple, an immune reaction can sometimes occur. This causes the inflamed bumps known as papules. These are often more sensitive to touch than a white- or blackheads.

 

Pustule

 

These look like angrier versions of a whitehead and typically contain white or yellow pus due to a mixture of bacteria and immune response.

 

How Our Spectra Peel Laser Helps

 

As you have likely noticed, one thing that these forms of acne have in common is that they are the result of some combination of oil, dead skin, and bacteria. All three of these happen to respond readily to the use of a laser. What the laser does not kill, it will dissolve or loosen. This allows the pores to free themselves of the obstructions and permits the immune system to relax and help the inflammation go away.

 

As the laser removes the uppermost layer of dead skin, it also promotes the growth of new skin to create a smoother feeling and appearance. As an added bonus, the treatment can even shrink the sebaceous glands and reducing the likelihood of the acne reappearing.

 

The Anti Aging Toronto Clinic prides itself on being a pioneer in the latest clinical methods and technology for treating many forms of skin ailments. Our Spectra Peel laser is just one tool in our arsenal dedicated to helping you get the clear, beautiful skin you deserve. Look here for more information about our acne treatments, or contact us to arrange an appointment or ask any questions. Our skincare specialists are more than happy to answer any queries or offer you a tour of our Toronto facilities.

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