What is acne?

Acne is the term for the pimples and complexion issues that trouble many teenagers, adults, and even young children. Pimples mainly develop on the face, but they can often be found on the neck, chest, back, and upper arms as well. Acne typically has nothing to do with your general health and is only a skin problem.

What causes acne?

Acne occurs when a pore in the skin becomes clogged by dead skin cells. Normally, dead skin cells will rise to the surface of a pore, where the body sheds it. When your body produces a lot of sebum (oil that prevents our skin from drying out), it can cause dead skin cells to combine and stick together. When this occurs, these cells become trapped inside of the pore instead of rising to the surface–resulting in breakouts.

Pores can also become clogged by the bacteria that lives on our skin, p. acnes. Bacteria thrives in pores; once inside, it quickly multiplies. With an abundance of bacteria inside, the pore becomes inflamed and your skin will appear red and swollen. If the inflammation is deep enough, acne cysts or nodules will appear.

What causes acne scars?

Acne scars generally result from inflamed blemishes that are caused by engorged skin pores. Skin pores can swell up from excessive oil, bacteria and dead skin cells, causing a break in the follicle wall. Minor breaks in the follicle wall do not take as long to heal, but a major one can cause infected material to spill out into surrounding tissue to create deeper lesions.

Your skin does have its own self-repair technique for lesions, however. New collagen fibers are formed and attempt to repair them. Unfortunately, as we age, our bodies produce less and less collagen, making it harder for our acne scars to fade. And even when our skin does repair itself, it never looks as pristine as that original layer.

What are the available treatments at Luma Med Spa?

At Luma Med Spa in Auburn, Washington, we provide a variety of treatments that can help to reduce oily, inflamed skin. Our acne & scar treatments include:

When you come into our medical spa, we will assess your skin and create a custom treatment plan for you. We will help unclog your pores and prevent the development of future breakouts.

Schedule acne & scar treatments in Auburn, Washington

If you suffer from acne or scars that just won’t go away, schedule an appointment at Luma Med Spa in Auburn. We will find the right treatment for your skin and with the proper treatment plan in place, you’ll see amazing results. To get started, give us a call at (253) 218-6642 or fill out the appointment request form on our site. We look forward to seeing you!

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