Some strains of bacteria can trigger acne, which affects up to 80% of Americans. Removing the acne-causing bacteria with oxygen from clogged pores is important to reduce symptoms. Soap and water aren’t able to penetrate deep into the oily follicles. Antibiotics may also prove ineffective against certain acne-causing bacteria. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) is at the forefront of acne treatment.
How oxygen can help repair and heal skin
HBOT allows patients to breathe in pure oxygen in a pressurized chamber to treat a variety of conditions, including decompression sickness and carbon monoxide poisoning. The air pressure within the room allows the body to absorb the oxygen better. HBOT can help improve skin infections, reduce inflammation, and regulate acne symptoms.
How does it work?
Infused oxygen can not only increase the oxygen concentration in the skin but also reduce the damage caused by harmful bacteria. Oxygen disables toxins of acne-triggering bacteria and reduces a bacteria’s ability to reproduce. Oxygen can also reduce swelling and inflammation, as well as initiate collagen and elastin production to keep the skin looking healthy and young.
Treatment for healthier skin
HBOT is typically performed in a clinical setting. Healthcare staff may begin by exfoliating the skin with laser microdermabrasion or chemical peel. After the procedure, a hydrating treatment moisturizes the outer skin layer and prevents dry skin. Gas or mist oxygen is introduced into the pores, but HBOT can also be used to treat other conditions.
Recovering from acne for better self-esteem
The frequency of sessions depends on the severity of the acne. Patients may perform HBOT up to 3 times during the first week and gradually reduce sessions with each subsequent week until the condition is improved. Patients may also use creams and lotions intended to enhance oxygen delivery and blue LED treatments for a full recovery.
Skin benefits with HBOT
HBOT increases blood circulation in the body and improves oxygen delivery to oxygen-deprived areas. HBOT is an increasingly common treatment used to speed up wound healing. The therapy can repair skin cells, reduce age spots, improve the look of droopy skin, and lead to overall healthier-looking skin. For more information, speak with a healthcare provider.