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Facial Acne Scars: Erasing The Marks Of Your Youth

Acne usually results when sebaceous glands become overactive and generate excessive oil which then plugs hair follicles in the skin. There is no complete answer as to just why facial acne scars occur more in some people than in others, but it is known that a number of various factors like genetics, environment, lifestyle, and skin health play a role. If you have had problems with acne in the past or are perhaps suffering from acne currently and would like to clear your skin or even remove facial acne scars, you should know that you have options. Before opting for any particular treatment you need to understand what makes an acne treatment effective so that you can achieve your goal of preventing further acne scar formation. Continue reading

Do You Hate Your Acne Scars?

It does not seem fair does it? You suffered through your youth doing battle with acne like so many of us have, and when you finally reach an age where your hormones have stabilized and your acne has subsided you find yourself left with permanent reminders of a period of your life you would almost certainly prefer to just forget. Acne scars are unsightly and unfortunate, but they are also all too common. If you thought you were going to have to simply learn to accept the fact that every time you looked in a mirror you would see acne scars you are wrong. Epione of Beverly Hills has made remarkable breakthroughs in cosmetic procedures that can reduce and even eliminate acne scars on your face.

Acne scars vary greatly from person to person and that is why Epione of Beverly Hills provides a wide variety of treatments for acne scars, so that you can be certain that the treatment you are receiving is appropriate for you. Whether you are a man or woman, and no matter your age, there is help available, contact us at Epione of Beverly Hills and schedule an appointment for a private consultation with our doctors and start finding out just how quickly and easily you could be free of the acne scars that hide the person you really are.

Acne scars are among the most common skin conditions affecting people around the world, and by their nature they occur predominately on your face, the area of skin most regularly seen, and the area most likely to provoke a response. The simple truth is that we humans cannot help but make snap judgments about people when we see their physical appearance. We are genetically programmed to look for signs of illness or disability because we do not want to become ill or pass a disability on to our offspring. This means that even the kindest of us has an immediate and subconscious reaction when they see a face with disfiguring marks on it, and that is a reaction that those of us with acne scars have become accustomed to and have to constantly fight to overcome.

So why put yourself at a disadvantage in a world where so many odds are already stacked against you? Take advantage of the opportunities that Epione of Beverly Hills can provide you to reduce or eliminate your acne scars and start living your life with the casual confidence that comes along with knowing that your skin is clear smooth and natural looking. There is no reason why the plague that visits us all starting in puberty has to continue to hold you in its grips when you have grown into an adult. Call us at Epione of Beverly Hills to schedule an appointment for a private consultation with our doctors and finally find out what it feels like to be free of your acne scars, not matter how mild or severe they are, they can always be better.

Coolaser Laser Resurfacing from Dr. Simon Ourian Treats Acne Scars

No acne scar!BEVERLY HILLS, CA, October 22, 2010 — Patients with severe acne scars often resort to multiple treatments, but seeing only minimal results, start to suffer from a low self-image. Coolaser Laser Resurfacing, a technique developed by Dr. Simon Ourian of Epione Medical Corporation in Beverly Hills, is a highly effective treatment used by many individuals to restore clear skin and eliminate unsightly acne scars.

Dr. Ourian’s Coolaser technology is a highly individualized process, with a treatment regime customized for each patient. “Facial acne scars affect everybody differently, ” said Dr. Ourian, medical director at Epione Medical. “That’s why over-the-counter treatments often don’t measure up. A big part of our procedure is taking into account your own situation, and deciding what’s best for you. I developed the Coolaser technique to achieve positive, long-lasting results, leaving you with clear, smooth skin.”

Coolaser decreases the level of comfort patients experience by means of cooling the skin throughout the course of the treatment. Light pulses are projected onto the affected skin surface, and when the skin absorbs that light energy, the blemishes vaporize, one microscopic layer at a time. This approach allows the physician to retain precise control over treatment. The cooling makes the procedure much more comfortable than other types of laser treatments and microdermabrasion, and there is typically no long recovery period required.

When necessary, Dr. Ourian will augment the Coolaser treatment with dermal filler injections. Coolaser in effect “sands down” the surface of the skin and injectable products such as Radiesse, Juvéderm and Restylane literally plump up the depressions in the skin caused by acne scars.

Dr. Ourian’s Coolaser technology is a highly individualized process, with a treatment regime customized for each patient

Dr. Ourian’s Coolaser acne scar treatment has provided welcome relief to many patients, who not only appreciate the highly effective treatment, but also the excellent service and accommodating staff. “I love coming to Epione. I feel like I’m at a five star hotel! Everyone has a smile on their face and I love that, ” said one of Dr. Ourian’s patients. Another related, “Since I don’t live in L.A., I really appreciate Epione, and it’s always a relief to leave L.A. looking younger.”

Patients with all skin types and skin tones can benefit from the Coolaser treatment. Patients enjoy the spa-like atmosphere of the Epione Medical Center, and most patients report that the Coolaser procedure is relatively pain-free. The treatment is designed to be very precise, and targeted only at the affected areas—and the results are dramatic, with many patients reporting results beyond their expectations.

Image is Everything: Don’t Let Acne Scars Prevent You From Looking and Feeling Your Best

beautiful modelLOS ANGELES, Calif. — This month, Epione Medical Corporation is offering private consultations to men and women who want to be rid of unsightly acne scars once and for all. A leader in laser resurfacing treatments, Epione has developed Coolaser, a solution that can diminish and remove even the most stubborn and severe acne scars. Finally, a results-driven treatment exists that can successfully erases both the physical and emotional damage often created by a long history of problem skin.

“Unfortunately, severe acne often scars not only the patient’s skin, but also their self-esteem, “ said Dr. Simon Ourian, Epione’s medical director. “With the Coolaser treatment, we are making huge strides in helping men and women to improve the appearance of their skin, and give them back their confidence.”

Epione Beverly Hills Helps Men and Women Put Their Best Face Forward with Cutting-Edge Acne Scar Removal Treatments; Coolaser Laser Resurfacing and Dermal Fillers Among Most Popular Solutions for Smoother, More Even Skin Tone

Nearly 90 percent of teens and young adults experience acne, and in severe cases, scarring often occurs. In response, a number of acne scar removal products and treatments have been introduced in the marketplace, all with varying results. Epione’s Coolaser Laser Resurfacing has become the ‘treatment of choice’ for many men and women in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles and surrounding areas due to the significant results the treatment has produced.

Coolaser Laser Resurfacing, the newest innovation in acne scar removal, sculpts and smooths damaged skin without surgery, anesthesia or Accutane. During the hour-long treatment, the patient’s skin is numbed using a topical cream and a beam of light is used to remove the outmost layer of the skin. The extent of improvement that can be expected is based on the type and extent of the scarring, and results are generally long lasting.

Patients who have received the Coolaser treatment to combat acne scars have been overwhelmingly pleased with their results. “My acne scars are looking better and better, “ said one patient. “The Coolaser is the only thing that has worked for me. I am very happy.” Other patients remarked that they would “recommend the treatment to anyone who is considering acne scar removal, “ and that the “treatment has done everything it promised to do.”

“I had tried everything, from over the counter remedies to camouflage make-up to Retina-A, to punch grafting and dermabrasions, “ said Jennifer, a 32 year-old patient who underwent Coolaser Laser Resurfacing. “Frankly, I had given up hope. I cried when I first touched my smooth skin after my first laser resurfacing; so did my mom.”

In addition to Coolaser treatments, dermal fillers, such as Juvederm, Restylane or Radiesse are commonly used in cases of deep scarring. During the initial consultation and examination of the patient’s skin, the proper course of treatment—Coolaser or dermal fillers—will be determined.

“It can often be devastating to realize that once your acne has cleared, you’re left with depressed or raised scars or skin discolorations, “ said Dr. Ourian. “But for men and women who are self-conscious about their acne and acne scars, it’s important to remember that this isn’t something they have to live with. Schedule a consultation with us and let’s find a tailored solution so that you can regain confidence and put your best face forward.”

To schedule a private consultation at Epione to discuss acne scar removal, please call 310.598.2345. Patients must be 18 years of age and have no other medical complications.

Say “Adios” to Acne Scars

acne-free faceThe Coolaser shows remarkable success in diminishing acne scars & pitting. A 2-step process including dermal fillers may all but eliminate even severe scarring.

Acne is bad enough when it first occurs, whether during the teen years or later in adulthood. Severe cases can leave unsightly and embarrassing scars, pitting and skin unevenness that can remain for a lifetime. Over the years, many treatments which were developed to attempt to lessen the scars have had mixed results, leaving millions unhappy with their appearance and with a resulting loss of self-confidence.

Dr. Simon Ourian of Epione Beverly Hills has seen firsthand the effects of facial acne through frustrated clients who have tried everything to smooth out the affected areas left on their faces. “The problem is complicated because the scars often vary greatly in shape, type and color”, says Dr. Ourian. “An individualized treatment plan should take into consideration all the factors present in the person’s skin. For many people, facial acne scars can be successfully treated with Coolaser resurfacing.”

For more severe scarring and pitting, a 2 step process can yield beautiful results:

  1. Coolaser treatment
  2. Use of dermal fillers to build up the pitted areas.

“The Coolaser treatments act as a sort of sanding down of the surfaces of the skin so that the scars become less deep and therefore less noticeable”, says Dr. Ourian. The typical treatment takes about an hour. First, the entire face is numbed, using a topical cream. After this is done, a series of light pulses are flashed on the surface of the skin. Then a beam of light removes the outermost layer of the skin. The skin cells absorb the energy of the light. The absorption causes the instantaneous vaporization of the superficial cells.

A single session may not treat the acne scars entirely if they are too deep. These deeper acne scars can be corrected by injections under the skin to fill in or build up the pitted areas. The injections are done with dermal fillers such as Radiesse, Juvéderm or Restylane. At the consultation appointment Dr. Ourian will determine if Coolaser resurfacing alone will treat the acne scars or if a combination of resurfacing and fillers are needed.

CoolFractional Laser Resurfacing: The New Face of Non-invasive Cosmetic Surgery

beautiful modelLaser skin resurfacing has been a popular method of repairing and rejuvenating damaged skin for a number of years however; some patients have chosen to avoid this procedure due to the long and difficult recovery periods associated with CO2 laser treatments. Now, thanks to new advancements in laser technology, clients may enjoy the same effective results here in Los Angeles and across the world, with little or no recovery time. Epione Medical Corporation of Beverly Hills, CA now offers CoolFractional Laser resurfacing, considered a safe and effective method for skin rejuvenation. Continue reading

New Coolaser Treatment Reduces Acne Scars and Boosts Patients’ Confidence

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — Epione Medical Corporation now offers a solution for the millions of adults and adolescents suffering from the devastating effects of acne scars. The practice’s revolutionary new Coolaser treatment uses advanced laser technology to resurface the skin and reduce the appearance of acne scars. Finally, patients can put their best face forward after years of embarrassment.

“Severe acne cases can leave unsightly and embarrassing scars, pitting and skin unevenness that can remain for a lifetime, ” said Dr. Simon Ourian, medical director. “While acne scars often vary greatly in shape, type and color, Coolaser resurfacing has proved effective in varying cases and has helped patients finally feel good about their skin.”

Epione’s New Coolaser Treatment Shows Remarkable Success in Diminishing Acne Scars and Pitting

The Coolaser treatment, typically an hour long, uses lasers to remove the outermost layer of the skin. First, the entire face is numbed, using a topical cream.
After this is done, a series of light pulses are flashed on the surface of the skin. The skin cells absorb the energy of the light, which causes the instantaneous vaporization of the superficial cells and results in a smoother, clearer and more even skin tone.

Though healing takes 10 to 12 days, a significant percent improvement in the appearance of the scars may be expected, depending on the type and extent of scarring. A single session may not treat the acne scars entirely if they are too deep. These deeper acne scars can be corrected by injections under the skin to fill in or build up the pitted areas. The injections are done with dermal fillers such as Radiesse, Juvéderm or Restylane.

At the initial consultation appointment Dr. Ourian will determine if Coolaser resurfacing alone will treat the acne scars, or if a combination of resurfacing and fillers are needed. For more information about Acne skin treatments and other aesthetic services available at Epione Beverly Hills visit please call 310.598.2345.

Best Acne and Acne Scar Treatment?

Dr. Simon Ourian is the Medical Director of Epione Beverly Hills, a practice devoted exclusively to minimally invasive cosmetic procedures. “I spend a lot of time dealing with acne and acne scars, ” says Doctor Ourian. “Acne scars of damage are typically the result of acne during a patient’s teens and 20’s. I’ve seen the ongoing emotional toll acne scarring can cause for patients many, many years after they thought they were acne free.”
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Los Angeles Acne Scar Removal

In the Los Angeles area, acne scar removal surgery is becoming more frequent. There have been some good strides made in perfecting this kind of surgery. In addition, this type of surgery can dramatically improve the appearance of the patient. The sheer emotional improvement of patients who get this surgery done is amazing. The good news of what this surgery can do for looks is being shared.
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When Your Teen Should Get Plastic Surgery (And When They Should Not)

Lisa Kudrow and Tori Spelling had nose jobs at 16. 17 year old Britney Spears, with mom’s permission, got breast implants. When teens see celebrity peers getting plastic surgery, they may decide that their own looks need improving. Some, like Ashley Tisdale and Soleil Moon Frye, may need surgery for medical reasons, but most teen surgery is cosmetic, not corrective in nature.

Teens only make up 2 percent of cosmetic surgery patients in the U.S., but according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the number is getting larger. In 2008, 81, 885 invasive surgeries were done on teens, ages 13–19, while 219, 136 received minimally invasive treatment. Many people think that the average teen requesting this is probably spoiled, rich and overly obsessed with image, but not all fall into that category. The reasons for plastic surgery can vary depending on the circumstances.

Reasons to Avoid the Knife

Teens, being who they are, desire plastic surgery in order to fit in with their friends. They may feel that having bigger breasts or a more defined chin may finally give them the popularity they have always dreamed of. Of course, this is not always the case, and when it fails to change their social lives, they can be devastated.

Unfortunately, there are other surgeons who are perfectly willing to do surgery on a teen without screening them first. Parents, too, are occasionally to blame; they may want “the perfect child” and insist that the surgery be done.

Because of this, a good surgeon will carefully interview a candidate to make sure they are emotionally stable enough to handle the surgery. The surgeon must also be sure the teen’s expectations are realistic and their motives are correct. Teens with body dysmorphic disorder may not be good candidates; these patients will focus on a specific flaw or other defect (real or imagined), and convince themselves that surgery is the only way to treat it. This condition is best handled by a psychologist or other mental health care professional.

Procedures to Skip

There are a number of procedures that teenagers should avoid. Breast enhancement, in particular with saline implants, is one. This is because the body may not yet be done developing, and the general rule is that the patient must be at least 18. There are a few exceptions, such as birth defects, trauma or diseases that may require breast reconstruction. Silicone can be used for reconstruction purposes by women of all ages, but is limited to 22 and older for enhancement.

Since teens often lose baby fat with age, liposuction is not recommended. For teens that have a problem losing weight with just diet and exercise alone, however, it can be used for spot reduction purposes. It should not be used to treat obesity as a whole and is most definitely not a substitute for diet and exercise.

Procedures to Consider

Rhinoplasty can be a suitable procedure for certain candidates. Broken or deformed noses can be fixed by this procedure. Breast reductions are also popular; in Soleil Moon Frye’s case, her large breasts were causing her back and shoulder pain, as well as breathing problems. Microdermabrasion and chemical peels can help teens with severe acne and skin irregularities, and laser hair removal can help those with excessive hair.

Five Important Questions to Ask When Considering Surgery for Your Child

  1. Who truly wants the surgery? The teenager must be the one who desires it most; after all, they are the ones who must live with the results. Parents, peers and significant others can offer advice, but they must not pressure the patient into making a decision.
  2. Is your child emotionally and mentally mature? A good surgeon will want to be sure the patient understands the process and what will take place before, during and after surgery.
  3. How well does your child handle pain and follow directions? The recovery process can be long, painful and draining. As a parent, you can only do so much; your child must be able to handle the rest on their own.
  4. Does the child have a realistic outlook on the results? Make sure your child knows that their lives will not radically change after undergoing surgery.
  5. Is your child physically mature? Depending on the surgery, this could play a huge role. Breast reductions can be done on patients as young as 15, while other surgeries may have to wait until the child is older.

Adult Acne and Acne Scar Treatments

The best treatment for acne can change depending on the patient and the physician. Some of the more popular products include Retin-A, Cleocin-T, erythromycin and tetracycline. But medication alone may not solve the problem.

“A good portion of my practice is devoted to dealing with acne and acne scars, “ says Doctor Simon Ourian, Medical Director of Epione Beverly Hills. “As if it’s not bad enough to suffer from acne in the first place, I’ve seen the ongoing emotional toll acne scarring can cause for patients twenty or thirty years later.” Continue reading

Do You Have Adult Acne?

Most people think of acne as something that affects only teens. But did you know that 50 percent of adult women and 25 percent of adult men suffer from it as adults? Regardless of age, you may find yourself with acne problems. Fortunately, there are plenty of new treatments on the market to help combat this issue.

What Causes Adult Acne?

So why is it, after using every cleaner and soap on the market, you can still find yourself with pimply skin? According to research, acne is caused when:

  • Bacteria reproduce at an excessive rate
  • Pores are blocked by oil and debris from the sebaceous gland
  • The sebaceous glands are large and produce a great deal of oil
  • Genetics and hormones usually play a large role in acne problems. It can also be caused by side effects of medications, pregnancy hormones, menopause, stress, oily makeup and profuse sweating.

When a pore is blocked by bacteria and oil, it cannot function correctly. This can lead to whiteheads, swelling, pus or fluid filled bumps, and scars. As with teens, adult acne often affects the face. However, it can also affect the arms, buttocks, legs and torso.
Adult acne can leave sore, itchy, burning spots on the face. It can also be physically distracting, leading to low self esteem. Adults who rely on their appearance for work or relaxation are especially interested in treatments and remedies.

Accutane No Longer Available for Acne Use

Roche, creator of Accutane, is removing its acne fighting drug from the market after battling multiple court cases filed by angry patients.

Accutane was approved by the FDA in 1982. It was prescribed for severe cases of acne as a solution when other treatments had failed. The medication came with many risky side effects, such as birth defects, depression and suicide. According to the lawsuits, many of the patients developed inflammatory bowel disease as a result of taking Accutane. In addition, they claimed that they were not adequately warned of the risk.

The company, however, states that their decision to no longer produce Accutane has nothing to do with the lawsuits. They note that there are many other competitors on the market, and many of them are generic formulas. This has resulted in many patients choosing the less expensive treatment over Accutane itself. In an official statement, the company “stands by the safety of Accutane and the rigorous risk-management program Roche developed over decades of cooperation with the FDA.”

Accutane has already been removed in many other countries, such as Spain, Dennmark, France, Germany and Norway. The United States is one of the last to do so.

Fortunately, all is not lost for severe acne sufferers. Coolaser and Coolbeam, both treatments available at Epione Medical Center, are effective in the treatment of acne without chemicals.

The Finest Acne Scar Treatment?

Did you know that up to 95% of people will have scars from acne in some way, shape or form? Knowing this may make that small, crater shaped scar or that dark blotch on your skin a little less annoying. The best way to avoid acne scarring is to prevent it in the first place, but that can be difficult to do. Your genetics may also naturally gear you toward pimples, and even affects how you scar. If you find yourself unable to prevent acne breakouts and scarring, here are some ways to make the results a little easier to handle.

“I treat acnes scars every day, “ says Doctor Simon Ourian, Medical Director of Epione Beverly Hills, “it’s one of the treatments I offer that’s most gratifying for me. I’ve had patients that whose acne scars were so profound and embarrassing to them that they literally wouldn’t leave their house. When you can help someone like that it really makes your day.”

Doctor Ourian goes on to explain his technique for treating acne scars. “For most patients my initial course of action is to use the Coolaser. I’ve developed a technique whereby I essentially sand or smooth down the skin, to use laymen’s terms, making the scars less deep. This is often all I need to do for shallow acne scars. For deeper scars I’ll suggest a dermal filler such as Radiesse, Restylane, or Juvéderm.”

But is it painful? According to Doctor Ourian “Most patients liken a Coolaser session to the snapping of a rubber band on their skin. Of course, I want my patients to be as comfortable as possible so, if necessary, I can prescribe a topical anesthetic cream to help alleviate any discomfort.”

“I have been practicing as a cosmetic Dermatologist for more than ten years, ” continues Doctor Ourian, “and I have yet to see another laser or treatment modality achieve superior results for the treatment of acne scars to the Coolaser. This is especially true when the Coolaser is used in conjunction with a dermal filler.”

As you are treating your skin, you should always use a sunblock of some kind. Remember to reapply every two hours, and note that the SPF should be a minimum of 30. Doctor Ourian recommends his EPIONE Sunblock – Protect & Correct:

  • Is a full-spectrum UVA/UVB sun protection with vitamins
  • Is sensitive-skin friendly physical sunscreen
  • Helps to prevent and reduce the damaging effects of the sun’s ultraviolet light

Acne scars can be a problem, but they can be treated with a talk with a qualified physician and a good regimen.

Big, Beautiful—and Breaking Out

Your weight can cause problems with acne.

Being a person of generous proportions can be a wonderful thing. You never have to worry about anyone seeing your ribs, you have a healthy appetite, and, if you happen to be a woman, you have curves that other women can only dream about. Unfortunately, you tend to be worse off when it comes to acne.

Doctor Simon Ourian, Medical Director of Epione Beverly Hills, sees patients in all shapes and sizes. He explains that “carrying extra weight can lead to several skin conditions.” Doctor Ourian contributed to this article and goes on to say: Here are some of these conditions and what you can do about them. Your diet may be high in fact and sugar. This means an increase in the amount of sebum (oil) in your skin and it will clog your pores. This, of course, leads to breakouts. The goal is to figure out how to get your skin to shed this oil, as opposed to having it stay on your skin. Changing your diet can help; eating meals higher in fiber and protein instead of fat and sugar can help your skin clear itself up. In the meantime, wash your skin regularly and use a cleanser designed for acne control. Pay attention to ones that have no soap or oil in them, otherwise you may find yourself breaking out due to dry skin.

As a large person, you may also notice that you sweat more than your skinnier counterparts. This is mainly due to the fact that you generate more body heat than they do with a lot less effort; great on a freezing cold day, but very irritating on boiling hot ones. This sweat, coupled with the oil mentioned above, can also clog your pores and lead to acne. There a very simple way to deal with this. Again, wash your skin regularly. Removing the sweat will keep it from causing breakouts and will also keep you smelling fresh and clean.

The healthiest way to handle all of these skin problems is to lose the weight one way or another. Along with the previously mentioned change in your diet, an exercise program is a great way to burn those calories. You don’t have to do anything overly strenuous to begin with. A walk around the block is the perfect beginning. As you notice your stamina improving, gradually work your way up to more strenuous activity. And do your exercise with a friend or at the very least an iPod, to keep yourself motivated. The best bonus of all is that not only will you notice a change in your skin, but a change in your overall health as well. You will find yourself with more energy and, in the long run, a longer life span. Of course, before you start any type of exercise or diet regime, check with your doctor to make sure it will work for you. At Epione we offer nutritional counseling and a weight loss program for our patients. The weight loss will result in clearer skin and an even more wonderful you.

Acne and Your T-Zone

When many people think of treating their acne, they mostly think of the T-zone—that area that is made up of the forehead and the nose. But that is not the only spot that breaks out. Breakouts can happen on the cheeks, the back, even the chest. And these breakout spots can be aggravated by simple activities you do every day. We spoke with Doctor Simon Ourian, Medical Director of Epione Beverly Hills and here is his input on the irritants and how to avoid them, as well as how to treat them.

Breakouts on the cheeks can be caused by oily hair constantly making contact with your face. In particular, wearing your oily hair down can make this situation worse. Also, sleeping with your hair pressed against your face (courtesy of your pillow) will also cause breakouts. Makeup products that contain mica, a mineral that makes blushes sparkle, can clog pores and lead to this problem. And last but not least, the brushes themselves could be contaminated with bacteria, especially after long use.

In order to avoid this, change your linens frequently. If cannot wash your hair nightly, wear it up when you go to bed. Even a simple ponytail or bun will keep it out of your face and keep you from having breakouts. When you wake up in the morning, make sure that the first thing you do is wash your face. For makeup, especially blush, avoid products that contain mica and use others instead. And make sure your brushes are washed and changed regularly.

Back and chest issues can be caused by sweat and friction. If you work out regularly, you will be more prone to flare-ups. Bike helmets can chafe your chin, which in turn can cause acne. Also, if you have a favorite accessory that you use to hold large items, like a backpack or a purse, the straps on these can potentially irritate your skin in the same way. Make sure you wear workout clothes that allow your skin to breathe, as opposed to keeping oils and sweat in contact with you. Shower right after your workout, and use a cleanser that is designed to remove dirt and oil from the skin on your acne spots, preferably one that is formulated for facial use. Find another way to carry your items that will not chafe you. In fact, a simple remedy might just be to wear some sort of padding under the strap, or move the item around. Purses can be switched from one shoulder to another; backpacks can be carried by their top strap. And bike helmets should be allowed to dry out thoroughly before the next use.

Lip line acne might be the worst of them all. No one likes the idea of not being able to kiss due to a painful pimple. The cause of this is fairly simple—lipstick and other lip makeup. If you use foundation on your mouth as part of your daily routine, then this might also be part of the problem. The issue is that many of these products have pore clogging wax or petroleum in them. Use a lip makeup that does not contain these ingredients, and take it off at the end of the day with the rest of your makeup.

Acne in any place other than your T-zone can be an unwelcome surprise. But it can be treated effectively and quickly.

Carbs and Acne

“Your carbohydrate intake can affect your acne, whether you are a 17 year old girl or a 55 year old woman, “ says Doctor Simon Ourian, Medical Director of Epione Beverly Hills. “Normally we think of carbohydrates as a category of foods for our diet, or the main ingredient of our favorite comfort foods. Everything done well is done in moderation, however, and carbs are no exception.” Yes, the idea of an elderly woman still having trouble with acne may strike most as odd, but it happens, and it is just as irritating at retirement as it was at puberty.

“Yes, “ continues Doctor Ourian, “I’ve written before about certain foods causing acne as being a myth. Specifically, people are often told to stay aware from certain types of food such as chocolate or junk food. Greasy food may not be good for your waistline or overall health but it, like the other foods mentioned, is not a cause of acne.”

“I stand behind what I said earlier but there is a school of thought that the glycemic levels of food may impact the acnes of some patients, “ states Doctor Ourian. “In this article we will discuss carbohydrates and acne in this article, as well as how the GI (glycemic index) comes into play.”

The way carbohydrates work is that they provide quick fuel for the body. You would eat, say, an apple, and your body would break it down into its components, one of which would be carbohydrates. The carbs would then travel throughout the body and give your cells the energy they need to function. The problem comes when you eat carbs that are high on the glycemic index scale. These tend to increase the insulin in your body, which increases the oil and sebum in your skin. The oils and sebum are food for the bacteria that naturally live in your pores; if there is more, then the bacteria will increase. This results in clogged pores and, of course, acne. But there is a way to avoid this.

The GI index was created by a doctor who wanted to help diabetics find carbohydrates that didn’t greatly upset their blood sugar. Notice that when you eat a bowl of sugary cereal, for instance, your body will have a lot of energy, but then suddenly crash around lunch. This is due to the refined sugar in the cereal, which tends to be absorbed quickly. The GI index ranks foods according to their impact on blood sugar levels. The lower the impact, the less insulin has to be used to use the carbohydrate. If a person with acne chooses low GI carbs to eat instead of high GI, they will be better able to manage their insulin level, and as a result, their acne as well.

Examples of low GI foods include things like plain wheat flour muffins or coconut flour pancakes. Lest you think that every low GI food has to be made from scratch or with unusual ingredients, Coca Cola and V8 Splash smoothies also count on the list. These items might surprise the average diner, but they do count.

Done correctly, low carb dieting can help anyone with acne problems, and will also help create a healthy diet.

The Coolaser Skin Treatment For Acne

A new procedure helps treat acne for all skin types.

How do you treat your acne? Do you squeeze your pimples? Do you use expensive creams and abrasive pads that irritate your skin and leave you blotchy and uncomfortable? Do you wash your face religiously and hope that the pimples disappear before any important events? There are many different ways to treat acne, but as you can see, they can range from useless to scar inducing. And many of these treatments don’t take people of color into account, whose skin will develop raised scars if not treated correctly. Well, worry no more, because Epione Beverly Hills has developed a skin treatment called the Coolaser that gets rid of acne and other skin problems.

So how does Coolaser work? The skin is cooled down using a combination of numbing cream and super cooled air, and then a rapid pulse laser is flashed on the area. The light instantly vaporizes the skin cells on the first layer of skin. Your body then begins to replace the old skin cells with new, younger looking ones right away. A moisturizing cream is applied to your skin right after the procedure, soothing your skin and eliminating dryness. Since the lights treat at a depth of one ten millionth, this means a faster recovery time and less scarring for you. Before you know it, in 15 minutes or less you’ll be back on the town!

The lack of scarring is what draws olive and darker complexioned people to this method. Keloids, or raised scars on the skin are not an attractive option for many people. In fact, they may feel as though they’re stuck. If they treat the acne using conventional means, it may not work and they wind up with acne scabs and scars. If they use more high tech methods, it may go wrong—and they could still end up with scabs and scars. Coolaser avoids the entire problem by not overly damaging the skin. Scar tissue doesn’t have a chance.

Patients that have had Coolaser treatments typically report that the procedure only causes mild discomfort that usually fades soon after the treatment. Best results are usually obtained by staying out of the sun and using the creams provided. In particular, users who suffer from severe acne report a dramatic improvement in their looks and skin tone after having Coolaser done. After having suffered from acne for years, they can finally have the smooth skin they’ve been waiting for all their lives. Many wish they’d discovered the process sooner, and most recommend it to anyone with a skin problem.

There’s no better way to treat severe acne than Coolaser. It’s quick, it’s easy, and it’s effective. Men and women can use it. So can any skin type, without fear of scarring. The fast recovery time and dramatic improvement are an added bonus as well.

Acne, Acne, Acne

Acne treatments can be effective with the right technique.

Acne is a common disease of the pilosebaceous unit, which is made up of a hair follicle, sebaceous gland, and a hair. Most pimples form on the face, neck, back, chest, and shoulders because these are where the quantity of pilosebaceous units is greatest. A substance called sebum is the produced by the body in order to keep the hair and skin moisturized. Unfortunately certain bacteria use sebum as a nutrient. The more sebum present, the more bacteria will be present too. Sometimes these bacteria will attract white blood cells that, in turn, produce an enzyme that allows the contents of the hair follicle to enter the dermis leading to red bumps and pustules. Sometimes sebum will plug up the hair follicles leading to whiteheads and blackheads.

Many treatments are available for acne these days, including a number of home remedies. Unfortunately, these remedies can range from completely ineffective to downright dangerous. Professional treatments can be overly expensive and also ineffective. In addition, these popular treatments tend to work on lighter skin tones. Olive and darker skin tones tend to develop keloids, or raised scarring on the site of treatment. However, there is one treatment available that is not only effective, but suitable for all skin types. Coolaser treatments, done by Epione in Beverly Hills, are successful for every shade of skin, avoiding scarring and other complications.

The Coolaser treatment is a very simple procedure. The surface of the area to be treated is cooled down and a special light is used to destroy one ten millionth of an inch of skin at a time. This allows for more detailed treatment of blemishes; the Dermatologist can stay on the surface or go deeply as needed. This ensures the best result possible.

There are advantages to the Coolaser treatment. As stated before, it works well for every skin treatment. In fact, Coolaser is preferred by people with darker complexions. The healing time is considerably lessened as well, since Coolaser does not rely on intense laser use. The treatment can be used on different parts of the body, such as the face and neck. And last but not least, Coolaser is an outpatient procedure. The entire process takes only 10–15 minutes.

People who have used the Coolaser treatment have nothing but positive things to say about it. One person on the site acne.org writes that she used to have a terrible acne problem as a young woman, which continued into her adult life. She tried a number of different treatments, but nothing seemed to work. As a last resort, she tried the Coolaser treatment. Initially, she worried that the results would not be what she was looking for, but as the treatments progressed, her skin gradually cleared up. As a result, she highly recommends it to others.

Coolaser treatment is an excellent way to treat lifelong skin blemishes and acne. It is faster and allows for a quicker healing time than other methods, and works no matter what your skin color.