Holiday parties are an opportunity to look and feel your best. But if you’re struggling with acne, your confidence can take a hit. Fortunately, a licensed dermatologist can help you get your blemishes in control with a series of cosmetic treatments. Here are some of the services that they may recommend.
Congested skin can lead to breakouts, so it’s important to exfoliate regularly. A chemical peel facial treatment removes the outer layer of the skin to cleanse and remove dead cells. During this treatment, a dermatologist will cleanse your skin and apply a chemical solution. They will then neutralize and remove the solution after leaving it on your skin for a set period of time. You will likely experience some flaking in the days and weeks following treatment, and this peeling can be more pronounced after deeper peels.
Microdermabrasion is another effective acne treatment. During this cosmetic service, your dermatologist will use a small instrument to rub or spray fine crystals onto the skin. This process gently removes dead skin cells, encouraging new skin to regenerate. Dermatologists often recommend microdermabrasion for acne, since the treatment resets the skin and sets the foundation for more aggressive treatments. Just keep in mind that you’ll need to avoid acne products like salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide for a week prior to treatment.
Laser therapies can treat a variety of skin conditions, but your dermatologist may recommend this service for acne. High Frequency laser treatment in particular can eliminate bacteria and reduce inflammation in active breakouts. This is a great treatment to start before a holiday party, since it results in little redness or discomfort. You may need several treatments to see a full improvement in your skin.
Clinical facials, like the HydraFacial MD®, are a great way to cleanse, exfoliate, and soothe acne-prone skin. This treatment clears congested pores and improves your overall skin texture. While more aggressive treatments may be necessary to address active breakouts, regular facials can keep the skin clear and prevent acne in the future. You won’t experience irritation from this treatment, so it can be a great way to refresh your skin shortly before the holiday party.
While professional treatments are an effective way to remove acne, at-home care still plays a role. Talk to your dermatologist about developing a skin care routine to clear and prevent acne. This routine may include products like salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide, and topical antibiotics. Oral medications may also be helpful in severe cases. Your dermatologist can also help you determine if any of your products are irritating your acne or clogging your pores.
As the holidays approach, the team at Pacific Dermatology Specialists can help you feel your best. Our set of cosmetic dermatology services can treat acne, signs of aging, pigmentation irregularities, scarring, and more. With offices in Long Beach, CA and other communities in the Greater Los Angeles area, we also offer medical and surgical services to support your skin health. Contact us today to book an appointment.