We are going to discuss our Scientific Approach for Acne Skin Care Management here for you. If you are interested at anytime about scheduling an appointment you can email, call (425-990-3223 Office) and even text message us (425-505-0938 Mobile) at anytime. Click here if you would like to find out more about our consultation process. If you live out of town, we can set up a phone consultation for you and show you how to take the 5 basic photos you will need. For more information on preparing for your procedure we have an informative Plastic Surgery Patient Care Page and Wound Care and Scar Prevention Page.
See an example of one of our patient’s experiences with our Acne Skin Care System here: Acne Skin Care Regimen Before and Afters.
We are currently carrying the following ten Topix Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Products:
To simplify we have enlisted the help of Topix Pharmaceuticals, INC. and their Skincare Management Systems that have all of the needed products and come in 5 easy steps!
For patients dealing with severe acne we recommend Topix Retinol Serum and Gly-Sal 10%/2% Acne medicated cleanser (to help lighten and fight acne).
For patients dealing with wrinkles, sun damage, and skin discolorations, follow the above five steps!
Directions : All of these products are used morning and night as tolerated except for the sunscreen, and Retinol. For most patients they will need to start slow with these products and use as tolerated, using the retinols and glycolic cleansers a few times a week based on how irritated their skin is.
For patients who may already have some of their own products/prescriptions or want to buy their own products somewhere else:
Dr Young suggests starting with an acne cleanser with 2% salicylic acid (you can also add an acne toner with 2% salicylic acid), Retinol (or a comparable Vitamin A analogue, like Adapalene / Differin), A 15% Glycolic acid lotion (after you tolerate retinol), and sunscreen. He also suggests At Home Glycolic Peels for the full benefit of a basic at home acne skin care regime.
If you are going to get a co2 laser treatment you should also be on a Skin Lightener’s containing any or all of these ingredients- Kojic Acid, Azelaic Acid, Mequinol 2% [solag], etc.
Three main products to prepare your skin for CO2 Laser Resurfacing surgery:
The above are suggested products or ingredients that we know to be effective.
Skin Care Regimen for Acne Management can be tricky. As you can see we have many options for our patients. Continue below for directions on how to best use the above suggested products and additional information on At-Home Glycolic Acid Peels:
Please read about these topical medications on rxlist.com to see if there are any reasons you should not be taking these medications. You can also read more about these Acne Skin Care Topical Medications here.
To best see how you will react to Retinols Apply one application of Retin-A or Retinol or Adapalene (These are all retinoic acid derivatives) wait 3-5 days or until all of the redness goes away before you apply the next application. (Doing a test patch in a small area may be the best way to start. You should wait for 3-5 days for the test patch to reveal a reaction.) Keep doing this until you can tolerate the Retinoic Acid on a nightly basis.
Once tolerating the Retin-A daily you can then start the Skin Lightener in addition to the Retin-A and do the same to test. You should wait 3-5 days for all of the redness to subside before applying the next application of the Skin Lightener just as you did with the Retinoic Acid. This approach should be done until you can tolerate both of the medications.
Hydrocortisone 1 % can be started with either the retinoic acid or the Skin Lightener topicals. The hydrocortisone can help decrease the inflammation that is caused by the other two topical applications.
For Laser Patients:
If you are having an Active FX laser procedure, these topical medications should be started 4-5 weeks before your laser procedure and stopped 1 week before your procedure. These medications should be restarted no earlier than 4 weeks after your laser procedure but you should check with your Doctor first before doing so. If you are doing IPL these medications can also be started 3-4 weeks before your first procedure and then stopped 7 days before your treatments or next treatment. You can resume the Retin-A and the Skin Lightener 7 days after your IPL.
If you are just going to use these topical medications without a procedure, you should use the same approach. Which may mean that you are going to be using just Salicylic Cleansers, Retin A, and the At Home Glycolic Peels for starters then add a Skin Lightener or the Glycolic Lotion as needed. Some people will only be able to tolerate these medications once or twice a week. Everyone is different and you will find out, on your own, how much you tolerate these topical medications. It may be that you tolerate it every other day, every three days, or once a week, etc. While you are starting your topical medication you can call or email your Doctor and / or his staff to help you through this.
At Home Glycolic Acid Peels Instructions:
The above are some general recommendations for the at-home glycolic peels. You should be very conservative when you first start doing these. You should never apply these glycolic peels when your skin is significantly inflamed. If you are trying to treat active acne, the inflammation should be limited to just those inflamed and infected pimples. If in doubt, you should consult your doctor here.
Application of Clindamycin Gel:
We suggest using the Clindamycin Gel only when you have active inflammation / infections of your pores. When this is present, we also suggest only spot applications to the infected pore. If you have any questions, please call or e-mail us.
Your doctor may also want to prescribe you oral antibiotics as well in the situation where your acne is really severe. Of the choices, your doctor may prescribe you tetracycline, minocycline, doxycycline, erythromycin, or clindamycin.