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Acne Treatments in Petaluma, CA

What is Acne?

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Acne is a common skin condition that can occur when your hair follicles become plugged with oil and dead skin cells. Some people only have a few symptoms, such as blackheads or whiteheads, while others suffer from severe inflammation. Yet, both conditions are referred to as acne. Excessive sebum production combined with an accumulation of dead skin cells can block the sebaceous glands in your skin.

The bacteria that cause acne, P. Acnes, then multiply in the sebaceous glands.The most common areas affected by acne are the face, forehead, chest, shoulders, and upper back. Acne affects young and old alike and can cause embarrassment, self-esteem issues, and even acne scarring. Data shows that 80 percent of people ages 11 to 30 are affected by acne. And older people are often tormented by acne as well. Fortunately, there are now very effective acne treatments available. They target the underlying causes of acne. At Allume Med Spa in Petaluma acne treatments are available that can truly achieve results you desire. The doctors and staff at Allume know that healthy skin is the foundation of human beauty. We want to help you become your best self. There are many options in treating acne. At Allume we will address what YOU need and make a plan.

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Causes of Acne

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Genetics, fluctuating hormone levels, stress, high humidity, and improper use of personal care products can trigger acne outbreaks.

Do certain foods cause acne?

That remains scientifically undetermined.

We Have Answers

Choosing the most effective acne treatment for you depends on several factors, including the extent to which the acne is active, your skin type, and your personal wishes. Our skin therapist analyzes your skin and determines which acne treatments are the best for you. Treatment strategies include:

An effective treatment program for acne can be intensive, and you play an important role in your healing. Our skin therapist at Allume Med Spa in Petaluma, CA, will advise you on the right cosmeceuticals (products with active ingredients for the treatment of acne) to use at home. Oral medications, including antibiotics, are often effective.

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What if I Have Acne Scarring?

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Unfortunately, one of the effects of acne can be scarring and marring of the facial surface. 95% of people who have had acne have some residual scarring. Acne scarring can become severe and life-altering, both physically and emotionally. Acne scarring treatments include:

  • HydraFacial is a mild yet effective facial treatment designed to purify and hydrate your skin. It is very well tolerated and an excellent option for any patient seeking a clear and refreshed complexion.
  • Laser therapy for acne scars focuses on the top layers of your skin to break up scar tissue. At the same time, the treatment encourages new, healthy skin cells to grow and replace the scar tissue. While this treatment doesn't completely remove them, it can significantly reduce the appearance of acne scars and also can minimize the pain caused by them.
  • Microneedling with PRF is especially effective in stimulating new skin growth and collagen production. As the laser treatment breaks the scar tissue apart, microneedling with PRF replaces the skin scarring with new skin by utilizing your body's own growth and healing factors.

How Does Laser Treatment for Acne Work?

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Laser treatment for acne scarring works in two ways. The laser delivers heat to the skin's surface, removing the outer layer where scarring is present. The top layer will peel away to reveal smoother skin beneath. As this process occurs, your laser treatment will also stimulate dermal repair, growing new, healthy skin cells. All of this combines to make scars look less raised and red, giving them a smaller appearance. It also promotes the healing of your skin.

How Long is the Treatment for Acne?

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At Allume Med Spa in Petaluma acne treatment is personally tailored for your skin needs. The duration of your treatment will depend on your goals and the specific modality (or modalities) used. For some of the best acne treatments Petaluma has to offer, schedule a consultation with Allume now!


HydraFacial treatments for acne can clean up congestion and remove dry skin cells and old epidermis to prepare the area for laser therapy and microneedling.


Microneedling with PRF is especially effective in stimulating new skin growth and collagen production.

As the laser treatment breaks the scar tissue apart, microneedling with PRF utilizes your body's own growth factors and healing factors to replace the scarring with new skin. It is important to note that treatments for acne scarring may have to be repeated on a regular schedule for best results. Expectations should be discussed with your skincare expert.

Self-Help Measures

  • Wash twice a day, and especially after sweating.
  • Use only your fingertips to apply a gentle cleanser. Using a washcloth or sponge can irritate your skin.
  • Use gentle cleansing products that are alcohol-free. Astringents and exfoliants can be counter-productive. Dry, red skin makes acne appear worse.
  • Hard scrubbing is a product of frustration. It will not treat your acne.
  • Rinse with warm, but not hot, water.
  • Ditto picking, popping, or squeezing. They can make things way worse.
  • Shampoo regularly. Make that “daily” if you have oily hair.
  • Keep your hands off your face.
  • Too much sun is a bad thing. And tanning beds are acne engines.
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It’s Time to Seek Medical Help If…

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  • Your acne makes you shy or embarrassed.
  • The products you have tried have failed.
  • Your acne is leaving scars or altering your natural skin tone.

Cosmetics do not automatically cause acne. Oil-free makeup that does not clog pores is fine. Non-oily cosmetics do not interfere with the effectiveness of acne treatments. But remove your makeup regularly, just as a measure of basic hygiene. Acne is aggravating. Acne is frustrating. Acne can be panic-inducing. But there is no need to surrender to acne. Expert, science-based help is available at Allume Med Spa in Petaluma, CA (also serving Santa Rosa).

Schedule Your Petaluma Acne Treatment Consultation at Allume Med Spa

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