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Acne is chronic inflammation of the pilosebaceous units (hair follicle and oil gland) of the face and body that commonly begins during adolescence. Acne appears on your skin as comedones (whitheads and blackheads), papules, nodules, cysts or pustules. An overproduction of oil, an overgrowth of P. acne bacteria and a clogging of the pores are the main causes of acne. This condition can be aggravated by stress, illness or comedogenic cosmetics. If left untreated, it can lead to pitted or thickened scars.

Body acne can be more resistant to treatment than facial acne because it is more difficult to reach and to keep clean. Medications used for facial acne may also be used to treat body acne, however, depending on the location of the acne, may be difficult to apply. Try to wear loose clothing (especially during exercise) and pay special attention to the skin beneath clothing items that can increase the plugging of your oil glands and cause friction such as sports bras, sweatbands and hats. Cleanse your skin thoroughly after a workout and avoid body moisturizers that contain butters or oils which can further clog pores. If you cannot shower right after a workout, try an on-the-go cleansing cloth to remove sweat and excess oil. Your dermatologist may prescribe medication based on the overall condition and evaluation of your acne. Acne can range from occasional breakouts to a severely debilitating condition and must be treated individually. A consultation with your Dermatologist is the first step in addressing your acne.


Human skin, especially on the face, neck, back, and chest is covered in thousands of microscopic hair follicles, often called pores. These follicles sometimes over-produce cells and become blocked. Sebum (oil) which normally drains to the surface gets trapped and bacteria begins to grow. An acne lesion starts out as a microcomedone.

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Acne can be treated by addresing two basic ideas. First, you need an individualized program to minimize the major cause of acne- plugged oil-gland openings. Many prescribed medications effectively control this problem- e.g. Retin-A, Azelex, Differin or Tazorac. Second, you need to prevent the overgrowth of bacteria in the plugged oil glands. You can do this with antibacterial lotions, gels, creams or oral antibiotics. In severe cases the use of a medication, Accutane, may be prescribed. This medication is a Vitamin A derivative and works well, however needs to be monitored closely because of occasional side effects which your doctor should discuss with you.


Treatment with TheraClearTM offers a virtually painless option with a 90% success rate. TheraClear combines light and vacuum techniques for fast and visible reduction in acne. TheraClear may be a good option for you if you have tried topical solutions and they are not working.

Consider TheraClear to:

  • Improve Complexion
  • Eliminate Acne
  • Clear Pores of oils, dead skin skills, and bacteria
  • Reduce appearance of pores

At the Asarch Center and DERMAspa, we also have a new treatment to help address your challenging complexion. Designed to be used on the off weeks of treatments with TheraClear, we are offering a deep cleansing clay treatment. Gentle steam and citrus exfoliation deeply cleanse and prepare the skin for the application of a specialized purifying mask. An additional extraction procedure helps clear clogged pores. This clarifying treatment concludes with the application of DERMAspa RX nourishing and antibacterial serums for refreshed and healthy skin. If your acne has left you with scars, a subltative rejuvenation treatment may be the right choice for you.


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