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The Act of Attacking Acne

October 12, 2011

By: Dr. Craig Crippen

Attacking Acne

You know, if there’s one good thing about acne, it’s that so many people have experienced having it, you’re never alone when fretting over pimples! This was especially true all throughout high school. For me, it seemed like that was the time of my life when I couldn’t watch a single thing on television without seeing a commercial for acne-fighting products.  Attacking acne is important to do early on and frequently!

Perhaps, these ads still show up on T.V. all the time, but when I was in high school, they certainly seemed to resinate with me and my classmates. And Who could blame us? It seemed like every one of us was waking up with pimples nearly every day! So naturally, we bought into these ads.

Cleansers, wipes, creams…you name it! And quite honestly, none of them ever seemed to truly work. The stinging sensation left by some of these products gave the impression that they were penetrating those nasty little bumps and doing away with them for good. But sure enough, the acne seemed to win the battle by rearing its ugly head (or heads actually) throughout our high school careers.

Now, for many of us, the end of our adolescence spelled the end of our battle with acne. But not for all of us. There are those who experience acne at later ages and wonder what they’re doing wrong. The fear that maybe they’re eating too much oily foods or perhaps not washing their faces well enough starts to set in.

But I wash everyday!” and “I don’t eat junk food!” many exclaim. Oddly enough, one’s diet and washing habits may not even have an impact on the acne they have. At least, not for everyone. I’ve read that there’s no real way to predict how long one’s acne will remain and what can be done to eliminate it.

But then again, I’ve also read about Microdermabrasion. And no, this isn’t one of those crazy products advertised on T.V. It’s actually a simply procedure that works to exfoliate skin to remove dead surface layers to treat conditions such as acne. Using what is known as a “Diamond Tome Wand”, the Microdermabrasion procedure actually uses natural diamond chips to lift away dead skin cells!

How’s that for fancy? Generally taking about a half hour to complete, the procedure creates much softer, smoother and acne-free skin. It also causes no disruption in the regular day-to-day activities of the patient. All that’s needed is standard every day upkeep to keep the skin clean and moisturized.

And…you might want to keep away from the junk food too. There’s other benefits to that as well!

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