How Can The Iderm Treatment Help Acne Prone Skin?
The Iderm Treatment is serious skin care for clients of all ages who are experiencing mild to moderate acne. The Iderm Treatment is all about subtraction; removing impurities, extracting blemish-causing bacteria, and infusing the skin with healthy, water-soluble solutions of vitamins and minerals which aid in the healing and control of acne prone skin.
This is NOT a “spa facial” where the focus is on pampering, massaging creams into the skin, etc.
This is like physical therapy for your skin. Clients with ongoing acne issues need to come regularly like going to the gym, physical therapy or yoga.
We generally recommend that clients with acne issues have their first 4-6 visits as close together as possible, weekly or every two weeks apart. Usually by that time and with proper skin care products used at home we can generally tell if this treatment is appropriate for you. If results are not seen within 4-6 regular treatments then we recommend seeing a medical professional.
What Results Can You Expect?
The Iderm Treatment is skin detox at its best: You will notice immediately after the first treatment how utterly clean your skin feels. For those with acne, it helps unclog pores so that sebum (excess oil) can easily be removed.
For rosacea sufferers, the galvanic current constricts blood vessels and soothes inflammation, thereby reducing redness.
Ongoing treatments provide a clearer complexion and in some cases will control the acne altogether but it’s not a “magic bullet” treatment.
Does the Treatment Help With Scars?
The Iderm Treatment infuses the skin with a vitamin and mineral solution and part of this solution is Vitamin C.
Vitamin C when infused into the dermal layer has been known to help lessen the appearance of hyper-pigmentation caused from hormonal melasma as well as the after effects of acne scars. We’ve seen evidence that regular treatments, sometimes combined with glycolic peels and/or microdermabrasion can lesson discoloration in the skin tissue. The treatment has also been known to “soften” rough textured skin, including scars.
Does the Treatment Hurt?
Generally, no. As with a workout regimen, clients new to the manual extraction process may experience minimal discomfort for a brief period.
As for the ionization process, most people find the galvanic current actually kind of tickles. It’s a low-intensity, adjustable current that is so safe you could use it every day. And because the body itself is electric, some clients find it so relaxing, they fall asleep during this step, while others find it perks them up.
Fun Fact: Galvanic current is also used in the medical arena; the Iderm Treatment is recommended for pre- and post- laser and surgical procedures to boost the healing process.
What is Galvanic Current?
For decades, galvanic current has been applied medically to assist in healing of bone, muscle, ligament and various tissues. This is what is called a “Transdermal Delivery System”. There are only two ways to get certain medications or healthy vitamin and mineral water soluble solution this deeply into the skin and one method is injections with needles and the other is a transdermal delivery method using electricity. Most noted in the early history of electric medical experimentation is Luigi Galvani, who in 1791 was the first person to use electric current. The “Galvanic Current,” often used today in cosmetology to drive skin treatments deeper into the skin, is named after him.
Is The Iderm® Treatment Safe?
The Iderm® treatment process uses a very low intensity current, a milliamper (1/1000th of an ampere) which is both safe and effective for application to the skin. Far less that what a common cell phone uses.
Grades of Acne…What Does It All Mean?
Grade I – The Iderm Facial Treatment is appropriate for this type of acne.
Grade I acne is the mildest form of acne. There may be minor pimples but they will small, appear only very occasionally, and in small numbers (one or two). Blackheads and milia will be found, sometimes in great numbers, but there is no inflammation of Grade I acne. Grade I acne is commonly seen in early adolescence, especially in the nose and/or forehead. Many adults also experience grade I acne, as blackheads on the nose and forehead. Milia are commonly found in the eye area and chin. This type of acne can be successfully treated at home using an over-the-counter product containing salicylic acid. Results generally are seen quickly. Treating acne while it is still in its early stages helps prevent acne from progressing, especially in teens. Grade I acne may progress to Grade II if left untreated.
Grade II – The Iderm Facial Treatment is appropriate for this type of acne.
Grade II is considered moderate acne. There will be blackheads and milia, generally in greater numbers. You will start seeing more papules and the formation of pustules in this stage. They will appear with greater frequency, and general breakout activity will be more obvious. Slight inflammation of the skin is now apparent. In teens, you may see the acne progress from the nose and forehead to other areas of the face. Acne may start to affect the chest and shoulders, with occasional breakouts on the back, especially in males. Adult women may find greater breakout activity in the cheeks, chin, and jaw line area, especially just before and during the menstrual cycle. Grade II acne can still be treated at home, using over-the-counter products. In addition to a salicylic acid, a benzoyl peroxide lotion should be used daily to help kill the bacteria that cause inflamed breakouts. However, if after several weeks of home treatment your acne does not significantly improve, it is time to see a dermatologist. Grade II acne may progress to Grade III, especially if pimples are habitually picked at or squeezed.
Grade III – The Iderm Facial Treatment may be appropriate for this type of acne.
This type of acne is considered severe. The main difference between Grade II acne and Grade III is the amount of inflammation present. The skin is now obviously reddened and inflamed. Papules and pustules have developed in greater numbers, and nodules will be present. Grade III usually involves other body areas, such as the neck, chest, shoulders, and/or upper back, as well as the face. The chance of scarring becomes higher as the infection spreads and becomes deeper. A dermatologist may be recommended to treat acne at this stage. Grade III acne is usually treated with both topical and systemic therapies available only by prescription. Left untreated, Grade III acne may progress to Grade IV.
Grade IV – The Iderm Facial Treatment is usually not enough to treat this type of acne although we have had some success with very mild cystic acne. Call us for a consultation.
The most serious form of acne, Grade IV is often referred to as nodulocystic or cystic acne. The skin will display numerous papules, pustules, and nodules, in addition to cysts. There is a pronounced amount of inflammation and breakouts are severe. Cystic acne is very painful. Acne of this severity usually extends beyond the face, and may affect the entire back, chest, shoulders, and upper arms. The infection is deep and widespread. Nearly all cystic acne sufferers develop scarring. Grade IV acne must be treated by a dermatologist. It tends to be hard to control, and almost always requires powerful systemic medications in addition to topical treatments.