Aesthetic physician near Tigard provides medical skin care services including acne treatment

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Almost everyone has an experience with acne at some point during their lives. While it is most closely associated with adolescents, acne can also affect adult men and women. Acne is a chronic condition that behaves very differently on every individual, which means there is no one size fits all treatment. At Thrive in Portland, we specialize in medical skin care services including diagnosing acne and coming up with individualized treatment options for each patient to best control his or her outbreaks. Whether it’s with topical medications, oral medications, light based treatment, or cosmetic procedures, we can help. If you have been searching for an aesthetic physician near Tigard who provides high quality skin care services, call Thrive today.

 What is acne and how does it develop?

Aesthetic physician near Tigard provides medical skin care services including acne treatment  Acne is a very common skin condition that occurs as a result of clogged pores in the skin.  The body’s sebaceous glands secrete an oil that keeps the top layer of skin moisturized. Our body’s largest concentrations of sebaceous glands are on the face, neck, chest, shoulders, and backs – all the most common sites for acne to occur.

The reason acne most commonly starts to occur in adolescents going through puberty, is because hormone levels begin to dramatically change. Surges in testosterone interrupt the body’s regular process of sloughing off dead skin cells. As a result, these skin cells begin to clump together and accumulate on the surface of the skin. At the same time, the rise in hormones causes the sebaceous glands to enlarge and secrete excess oil. When the oil and dead skin cells clog the pores, acne appears in the form of blackheads or whiteheads.

When bacteria begin to invade the clogged pores, the acne spots can break or become inflamed, causing papules below the skin (small red bumps with or without pus) or pustules, or pimples, above the skin (pus filled bumps).

While many people only experience blackheads, whiteheads, papules, and pimples, some people develop deep acne nodules. This happens when the walls of the pore burst beneath the skin, allowing pus and bacteria to spread to the surrounding healthy skin. When the immune system responds to these areas, it will create fluid sacs called cysts. Patients with acne nodules or cysts often experience pain and serious injury to the skin. These two types of acne are the most common cause of scarring.

Acne Treatment near Tigard

 Individuals with mild acne can often get away with over the counter treatments along with a good skin care routine. Choose products that contain salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide. Make sure to start gradually with these treatments and don’t use too much, to avoid skin irritation.


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Individuals with moderate to severe acne or scarring will need help from an aesthetic physician. The goal of professional acne treatment is to heal existing outbreaks, minimize the risk of scarring, and prevent future outbreaks/scarring.

 We may recommend the following treatments:

  • Topical products – Prescription strength topical products is the most common type of treatment. Each active ingredient targets one of the main causes of acne – excessive shedding of skin cells, excess bacteria, and excess oil production. Products typically contain retinoids, antibiotics, prescription strength benzoyl peroxide, or a combination of the three.
  • Birth control pills – This can be an effective treatment for women under 35 whose acne is caused by hormonal imbalance.
  • Oral antibiotics – Antibiotics such as tetracycline, doxycycline, or trimethoprim can help clear up severe acne break outs and are often used in combination with topical products.
  • Light / laser treatment – Laser and light therapies can be used on all different levels of acne. These treatments are effective at reducing bacteria on acne spots, produce minimal side effects, and often provide good short-term results. Good for reducing the appearance of scarring.
  • Chemical peels / microdermabrasion / aesthetic facials – These treatments are for non-severe acne breakouts and work by exfoliating the upper layers of skin. They do not address the cause of acne but can improve the appearance of the skin. Good for reducing the appearance of scaring.
  • Fillers – Can be used to fill in scars and reduce their appearance.

 If you are tired of dealing with the headache and embarrassment of acne, it’s time to find treatment once and for all. Let the team at Thrive, help you enjoy clearer skin. Near Tigard? Call us at (503) 928-6505 to schedule your appointment.

Dr. Adam Maddox - Medical Director

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A graduate from Northern Arizona University and the National College of Naturopathic Medicine, Dr. Adam Maddox is a very established professional in the field of integrative anti-aging and aesthetic medicine with a special interest in Botox, Restylane and Testosterone Replacement therapy for men to name a few.

As a board-certified physician, he has a passion to help people with their health especially as they get older. Dr. Maddox believes in maintaining a strong sense of empathy in order to better serve his patients whilst ensuring his care is personalized. In addition to practicing medicine, Dr. Maddox uses his time to train other medical professionals on various effective medical techniques used in the anti-ageing medical sphere such as injectable techniques. He is also the founder and medical director of Thrive Aesthetic and Anti-Aging Center in Portland, OR.

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Say goodbye to armpit hair and underarm sweating. Mirror Smooth (miraDry??) will save your day.


You shave it. You wax it, you laser it. Heck, you might even dye it pink. Talking about armpit hair. Now some people are saying you can microwave it away once and for all. We’re revealing a new treatment right now and our procedure room. Take it away, Doctor Ashton.

Hi guys So, I’m back here with doctor sheila Nazarian, board certified plastic surgeon and our patient Aaron. You’re going to be demonstrating this new microwave procedure to hit axillary hair, but before we get to that, tell, tell me why this hair bothered you, Aaron? Because I mean, you’re blonde, you wouldn’t mind.

I’m a personal trainer. I spend 95% of my day in a tank top in the gym or in a bikini and shaving every day is such a pain. No one likes to do it. I tried laser hair removal. It doesn’t work. If you have blonde hair and darker skin. So, I heard about mirror smooth So, thought I’d give it a try.

And you said it’s your game, okay, So, doctor Nazarian,


Go ahead and lie back Aaron. So, as you start working tell us a little bit about this technology. Who’s a good candidate for it and how? Does it work?

Well, the beauty of this technology is that everyone is a good candidate. Any skin colour, any hair colour? I’ve actually had the procedure performed on myself, didn’t get any hyperpigmentation from it.

So, you numbed Aaron up before we started, right?

Arron’s been numbed already. We’ve placed a temporary tattoo which basically gives us little tick marks. It’s really paint by numbers at that point and we use the microwave technology of mirror smooth to remove not only 70% of her hair with one treatment, but also the sweat and odour glands are also eliminated. So, it’s basically a little suction and some you know heat is applied, but because she’s numb there’s no pain.

You feel anything?
Fine, just a little pull,


And So, how many treatments typically does it take to really get a good effect?

So, 80% of people really only need one treatment. You’re going to get an 82% reduction in the sweat and odour glands and a 70% reduction in the hair growth. Which, if you’ve ever had laser hair, you know you need multiple treatments in order to get anywhere close to 70%.

So, what’s the cost range for something like this?

This that’s a great question. So, the first treatment is around 2000 dollars, but it’s, but if you think about how many laser hair removal treatments to do. I mean, it really is a great benefit and also laser hair doesn’t remove the sweat and odour glands.

Nice, well, 2000 dollars, meaning that you could throw away all your razors for the rest of your life.


Never have to worry about sweating in your armpits again and being musty.

No more deodorant and think of all the money you spend on deodorant over a lifetime.

That’s true.

And it takes how long to do both pitch?

We usually schedule people for an hour at a time?
An hour!

So, can you imagine an hour and you’re done.
Oh my gosh,


Sign me up, scoot over.

Second string.


The one done idea is very appealing.

Exactly, yeah.

Thanks for sharing that with us and thanks for showing us your armpits,

Thanks for having me

You’re welcome.

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In Portland OR-Dr. Maddox

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Feeling good and looking good. It’s not just about diet and exercise anymore. Aesthetic and anti-aging medicine makes a safe and effective addition to your routine. At thrive, we offer the very latest in non-invasive beauty technology like vanquish, a painless, non-surgical way to remove unwanted fat cells from your waist and hips. And best of all, treatments take less than an hour, leaving you plenty of time to enjoy the new you. Visit for complimentary consultation. Thrive aged beautifully.

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