Improving Antibiotic Stewardship By Focusing on Alternative Acne Treatments
Acne affects 50 million individuals in the United States. So it’s very likely many of your patients see you for help with mild to severe breakouts.
Oral antibiotics remain one of the most commonly used treatments for moderate to severe acne. However, beginning in 2018, experts began pushing for new guidelines limiting antibiotic use as a first approach to acne treatment. Physicians and dermatologists report antibiotic use is often associated with a variety of adverse outcomes including bacterial resistance and disruption of the microbiome.
It makes sense now, more than ever before, to revisit industry philosophy on treating acne patients. Advances in skin technology have led to incredible breakthroughs in effectively managing breakouts. Furthermore, patient attitudes toward antibiotics as a first approach to treatment are changing as well in favor of a more natural, holistic treatment plan.
Emerging topical treatments, laser, and light-based modalities, dietary modification, and oral contraceptives can all be effective therapeutic alternatives in the appropriate clinical context. And, today more skin health experts are discovering the power of an oxygen infusing delivery system to treat patients suffering with mild to moderate and severe acne.
Understanding Oxygen’s Role in Killing Acne Causing Bacteria
Propionibacterium acnes is a microbe that lives in the oily region of the skin’s pores and can aggravate an immune response, causing acne. The acne bacteria is anaerobic, which means it’s oxygen intolerant, making oxygen infusion effective in fighting acne.
Oxygen Lab’s ECHO2 Acne Treatment has a proven twenty-year history of successfully treating acne with a unique blend of natural ingredients. The treatment lowers then raises the pH level to deeply cleanse and open the skin before extractions, then neutralizes and balances the pH level with the last infusion steps.
The ECHO2 Acne Treatment
What’s inside the ECHO2 acne treatment? The 45-minute in-office treatment employs real oxygen to kill the bacteria that causes outbreaks by combining proven acne-fighting ingredients like salicylic acid and lactic acid with holistic natural healing elements such as tea tree oil, licorice root, calendula, and witch hazel.
Deep pore cleansing with our low pH salicylic cleanser to remove impurities and inhibit acne bacteria.
2 SKIN PREP
Our high pH exfoliating enzymes remove dull surface skin to smooth the skin’s tone and texture. This step is followed by the extractions to remove any blackheads and open up clogged pores.
3 OXYGEN SOOTHE
The first oxygen infusion with our calming serum delivers soothing ingredients to help reduce redness and inflammation. Our proprietary sub-micronic oxygen infusion helps combat the acne bacteria and promote healthy skin recovery.
4 HYDRATE + REPLENISH
The second oxygen infusion with our nutrient hydrator solution delivers vital vitamins, antioxidants, and hydration to leave your skin clear and healthy.
As always, careful consideration of all acne treatment options for your patient is paramount. You can read more about the ECHO2 Acne Treatment here, review the science, and see patient results.
Sources: Approaches to limit systemic antibiotic use in acne: Systemic alternatives, emerging topical therapies, dietary modification, and laser and light-based treatments – Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology