Clearing it up: To Extract or not
When my son’s friend came to visit him recently, I couldn’t help but notice the scars on his skin. Of course I had to bite my tongue to not say anything, but teen acne and acne in general is a major concern for many of us and rightly so, because those pimples can result in scars and pigmentation. In the case of teens, these can even cause them to withdraw from social activities, including social media.
Extracting acne lesions from the skin without creating damage is key, but however there is a fine line. Too much pressure and leaving bacteria behind can cause bruising, more scars, and it can leave the problem unresolved. Furthermore, not all acne is the same. For example, some is caused by constant pressure, friction or trauma, such as when using the phones. In this case, an adequate professional treatment coupled with good home care can probably resolve the problem. Whereas in the case of pseudofolliculitis barbae, caused by hair, we may need to extract and use salicylic or other chemical at the office depending on the skin and even the climate.
There’s really no simple solution, since as always many variables are involved and no one size fits all treatment exists. It is really the client’s skin that should dictate the best approach. As always, call Med Aesthetics Miami for more information and remember…”Our Promise Is More Than Beauty”.