June Is Acne Awareness Month - What Is Acne Costing You?

The cost of acne worldwide is staggering. Billions of dollars go into treatments, and self-confidence can be crushed by recurring eruptions of this common condition. At French Med Spa & ºCryothérapie in St. Charles, Illinois, Dr. Karen French helps patients fight back against acne for clearer, healthier, more beautiful skin.  

Acne by the numbers

Acne is the most common skin condition in the United States, and the eighth most prevalent disease worldwide.  Most children and young adults ages 11-30 will have acne at some point in their lives. Acne runs Americans over $3 billion a year in treatment costs and loss of productivity, and contributes heavily to the overall burden of skin disease. Some of the most concerning side effects of acne are depression, anxiety, and loss of self-esteem.

What causes acne?

Acne typically stems from sensitivity to androgenic hormones, which typically become active during and after puberty. This sensitivity, combined with bacteria on the skin and fatty acids within oil glands, cause extra sebum to be produced.

The sebum overproduction can attract bacteria, which causes mild infection in the blocked pore, leading to whiteheads, blackheads, small bumps, nodules, and cysts. These acne lesions are most commonly found on the face, chest, and back.  

We have acne treatment solutions

Our team at French Med Spa & ºCryothérapie offers a variety of facials and can customize each to your individual skin needs, including tailoring an acne-fighting facial solution just for you. We also offer more intensive treatments to help those with severe acne.

Surface treatments

Medical Grade Rejuvenation Peels exfoliate the skin using medical grade chemicals that prompt a skin rejuvenation response and kickstart healing. You can follow a chemical peel with an invigorating HydraFacial MD session performed by our experts at French Med Spa & ºCryothérapie for an instant glow, smaller pores, and immediately smoother skin.

Laser treatments

TriBella is a three-step process that starts with intense pulsed light (IPL) technology and then moves on to enhancing your collagen production through the DiamondPolar™ applicator that delivers multipolar radiofrequency (RF) energy to stimulate new collagen growth. It finishes with a specialized NanoFractional RF™ applicator to help remove damaged tissues and promote healthy tissue development.

Clear + Brilliant fractional laser energy treatments are designed to treat uneven skin texture by forcing skin to discard damaged cells and grow new, healthy ones.

Blue Light Laser therapy uses high-intensity, blue light technology to kill P. acnes, an acne-causing bacteria that forms within the sebaceous glands, at its source.

Safe for all skin tones, Venus Viva incorporates advanced nanofractional RF and SmartScan™ technology to penetrate the surface of your skin, gently heat the deeper layers, and stimulate collagen remodeling. Together, these two therapies create a complete end-to-end treatment for severe acne sufferers.

Are you ready to rid yourself of the costly effect of acne on your life and well-being? Contact French Med Spa and Cryotherapie today by calling 630-283-6096 or book an appointment online.

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