Acne excoriee is a common condition that we see at the Clear Clinic. Acne excoriee is the condition of picking at your acne. Picking at your skin causes more inflammation than was originally present in the acne bump and can lead to permanent scarring. However, for patients with acne excoriee, stopping skin picking is easier said than done.
Dr. Schweiger explains that, “Treatment of acne excoriee requires a multifactorial approach. We must treat the underlying acne, while also addressing the skin picking that causes the acne to stick around longer than usual and leads to scarring. The Clear Clinic has a psychologist who specializes in the treatment of acne excoriee. She has developed a unique regimen to address skin picking.”
Patients with acne excoriee tend to respond very well to laser and light-based acne treatments. We recommend a combination of Red and Blue LED Light Therapy, Photodynamic Therapy and Isolaz Laser treatments for treatment of acne in patients with acne excoriee. These laser treatments combine to provide fast and long-lasting improvement of acne for most patients.
Red and Blue Light Therapy provides antibacterial and antiinflammatory treatment of acne. The antiinflammatory effect of red light can help speed up healing of excoriated acne.
Photodynamic Therapy uses blue light to activate a medication called Levulan to decrease excess sebum production, which leads to the formation of acne.
The Isolaz acne treatment combines a vacuum to clean out clogged pores with a laser that kills the p. acnes bacteria present inside the pores.