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At Ellemes Medical Spa of Atlanta, GA, we treat patients of all ages, skin tones, and skin types who are suffering with acne. Acne is one of the most common skin conditions affecting adults and teens alike. The good news, there are numerous treatment options available that can help combat acne. Some treatment options offered are proven to help get rid of acne fast. We only offer the best acne treatments with clinically tested results. Near Atlanta? Schedule a consultation with our highly trained acne specialists to learn more about what we can do to help!


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Acne is a skin condition that occurs when your hair follicles become plugged with oil and dead skin cells. It often causes whiteheads, blackheads or pimples, and usually appears on the face, forehead, chest, upper back and shoulders. Acne is most common among teenagers, though it affects people of all ages and skin types, to include dry, oily and sensitive skin.


No one factor causes acne. Acne occurs when sebaceous (oil) glands attached to the hair follicles are stimulated at the time of puberty or due to other hormonal changes. Sebum (oil) is a natural substance that lubricates and protects the skin. It affects teens and adults and both men and women alike.


The key to effectively treating acne is finding the best solution for your unique skin type. At Ellemes Medical Spa, we are committed to finding an individualized treatment plan that is customized just for you.

Depending on the severity of the patient’s acne, we may recommend one or more of the following treatments:

  • Chemical Peels:

Among the many chemical peels at Ellemes Medical Spa, some are particularly effective at treating acne. Specifically, Salicylic Acid peels are an excellent acne treatment, as it helps not only treat acne, but also helps clean out clogged pores and help maintain surface oils. Chemical peels are also helpful in reducing pore size and evening out the skin’s texture.

  • Microneedling:

The microneedling treatment is a very popular acne treatment as it helps stimulate collagen and elastin production by creating microscopic pinpoint wounds on the surface of the skin. The increase in collagen production helps speed up the skin’s ability to cure itself naturally.

  • HydraFacial:

The HydraFacial procedure is a common treatment used to help acne as it helps unclog the pores and at the same time rehydrating the skin. This treatment is best performed on an ongoing basis as part of a regular preventative plan.

  • Acne Facials

Regularly scheduled facials also help with acne. By getting periodic facials, we can ensure that the dirt and debris from the skin is effectively cleaned on a regular basis, effectively reducing the risk of acne formation. Blackhead extractions are generally customary with all acne facials as this process helps rid the skin of dirt buildup.

In addition to the above mentioned treatments, an analysis of your skincare routine is important as one of your at home skincare products may be the cause of reoccurring acne. At Ellemes Medical Spa, we offer FREE skin evaluations so that we may analyze your skin and make customized recommendations. Skincare products may also be recommended depending on the severity of the acne breakouts, such as creams, benzoyl peroxide, antibiotics, spot treatments, etc. We will only recommend medical grade acne treatment products that are proven to work through extensive medical testing and dermatologist recommended.

Find answers and other general information

A list of additional frequently asked questions.

1. Will acne go away on its own?

In many cases, acne will go away on its own at the end of puberty; however, a lot of people still struggle with acne well into adulthood. The good news is that almost all acne can be successfully treated. It’s a matter of finding the right treatment plan for you. You should resist using homemade remedies to treat acne, as in most cases this will cause the acne to get worse and clog the pores more.

2. Does accutane help treat acne?

Accutane is a form of vitamin A and is a prescription strength acne treatment. It reduces the amount of oil released by oil glands in your skin, and helps your skin renew itself more quickly.

Accutane is used to treat severe nodular acne. It is usually given after other acne medicines or antibiotics have been tried without successful treatment of symptoms.

3. Can what I eat cause acne?

Generally, no. The primary trigger of most cases of acne is the fluctuation of hormones. Hormones stimulate the oil glands to produce more sebum, which can block pores. Bacteria can then grow within the pores, causing them to become inflamed and break out.

That happens at times of major hormonal change, such as during the menstrual cycle, and during the teen years, no matter what you eat. So despite what your grandmother told you, eating too many potato chips won’t make you break out in pimples.

4. What are the different types of acne?

1. Whiteheads: Pimples which remain under the surface of the skin
2. Blackheads: Blemishes that occur when an open pore is clogged and that clog oxidizes and becomes dark in color
3. Papules:
 Small pink bumps that may be sensitive to the touch
4. Pustules: Blemishes that are red and filled with white or yellow pus
5. Nodules: Blemishes that are large, painful, and solid to the touch which remain deep under the surface of the skin
6. Cysts: Deep, painful, pus-filled pimples which are likely to cause scarring. Cystic acne is known to be one of the most difficult types of acne to address.

5. Why do I break out before my cycle?

If you find yourself always getting a flare up around your period you may find yourself wondering about the connection between menstruation and acne. Prior to your period you experience an increase in androgens—male sex hormones—and a decrease in estrogen—female sex hormones. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, this hormonal fluctuation can be responsible for excess sebum production, dead skin cell build-up, an increased number of acne-causing bacterium, and skin inflammation.

6. Does retinal help treat acne?

Retinal is a vitamin A derivative that unclogs pores, boosts collagen to reduces fine lines, and speeds cell turnover to even out discoloration and smooth the skin—sometimes in as little as four weeks. The first retinoid—tretinoin—was FDA approved almost 40 years ago as a prescription acne treatment. Patients on retinol cream or other similar products experience not just clearer but softer, brighter, less-lined skin.

7. What are the best acne treatment options for darker or black skin?

Not every acne treatment is safe for darker skin types, as some acne treatments may cause hyperpigmentation in darker skin tones. In addition to a proper skincare routine, acne treatment options that work best for black skin include regular chemical peels, HydraFacials, and facials.


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