To get rid of pimples, one is told to wash the face before sleeping, get plenty of sleep and have a healthy lifestyle. But what if hormones kick in? Proper treatment is the answer.
The key to minimizing the damaging effects of pimple or acne is to treat it early, ideally within two days after its onset. When someone tells you to just let it "ripen," chances are you're letting the bacteria grow beneath the skin surface and letting the pus damage the collagen, resulting in deep scars.
When acne appears, there's no other way to treat it but to manually extract it as there's no machine that can do it. This has to be done only by expert dermatologists or licensed aestheticians.
Acne is controllable. Blackheads, whiteheads, papules, pustules and cysts are all under the medical term "acne." The only reason many seem unresponsive to acne treatments is that they don’t comply with their dermatologist prescribed regimens. Acne requires weeks or even months of religious treatment. Those seeming “hopeless cases” are just people who began treatment but didn’t see it through for one reason or another.
The right age to treat acne varies from person to person; some individuals suffer from acne even in their pre-teens. Dr. Joy Gonzales-Mongcal, owner and head dermatologist of Skin Trends, one of the country’s premiere acne treatment clinics, says the ideal time to treat acne is when the first blackhead or whitehead appears.
With SkinTrends, Mongcal, who has 25 years of dermatological expertise, personally trains her staff. After a battery of oral, written and practical tests, the actual pricking will first be done on Mongal, who has acne prone skin. She uses her “flaw” to her advantage and is her own “guinea pig”. Before a trainee is allowed to handle paying patients, each one needs to prick Dr. Mongcal’s blackheads and whiteheads and when necessary, even her milia.
I myself had undergone special acne treatment from SkinTrends and it was significantly less painful than the clinics I've tried before. They go by the conservative approach of putting only what your skin needs rather than doing the commercialized approach of going through a lot of regimen to the face that are seemingly unnecessary. SkinTrends also offers treatment with topical anaesthesia for those who have low pain tolerance.
Aside from being highly customer centric, the SkinTrends approach is thorough and meticulous.
“At SkinTrends, we treat acne in a holistic manner. First we have to rule out any gynecological causes of acne in female patients. We send these patients to a gynecologist for a work up. If there are findings that point to a hormonal cause, these underlying causes are corrected. Patients are also advised of lifestyle changes with regards to their diet and sleeping patterns," says Mongcal.
Ultimately, acne itself is not the real issue, the real problem is the long term scarring it causes, as this will be extremely difficult and costly to repair in the future. A full cycle of treatment early will mean the long term preservation of young, glowing, beautiful skin.
SkinTrends, which was formerly The Acne Authority, has clinics in Fairview, Quezon Avenue, Eastwood, Cubao, Festival Mall in Alabang and two in Sta. Rosa, Laguna.
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