Acne can be an uncomfortable and stressful skin disease. Acne is one of the most common skin problems faced by teenagers and young adults. Acne arises as sebaceous glands present in hair follicle start to secrete oil or grease which in turn produces sebum, a solid white substance. When skin cells in the follicle shed, they mix with the sebum and block the follicle. As more and more sebum gathers, it swells out on the skin and creates an ideal environment for the propionibacterium acnes bacteria. Common sites for Acne are face, chest and back. The bacteria builds up along with other debris from the skin surface blocking the follicle causing inflammation giving rise to blackheads, whiteheads, cysts and pimples. Acne has several stages, each distinguished by the type of spots that you are suffering with. This may include common spots such as whiteheads and blackheads, or more severe spots such as cysts and nodules.
Many acne patients suffer from low self-confidence, low self-esteem especially for those who have acne on their face.
Stages of acne
What can trigger acne flare-ups?
There are a number of factors that can make acne flare up or lead to “breakouts”, although triggers can vary from person to person. Avoiding the things that you notice may make your acne worse is a good way to help control your acne. For example,
CosmeticsMake-up and hair care products can clog pores. When shopping, look for the following acne-friendly terms on product labels: “oil-free”, “non-comedogenic”, or “non-acnegenic”.
Pressure due to a chin strap, phone receiver, sports helmet, headband, guitar strap, bra strap and other tight clothing can lead to localized acne that develops at the point of skin contact.
Sweating can worsen acne in some people. Most likely, it is because sweating helps to clog pores, especially if trapped under clothing.
Washing your face twice a day with a mild cleanser is recommended for acne-prone skin. Cleaning it more often, scrubbing/exfoliating, or using strong cleansers or astringent products (i.e. toners with alcohol) can actually strip the skin and irritate it, which can lead to more acne.
Certain medications can cause acne to flare up, such as oral corticosteroids, some contraceptive pills (progestin only), and anti-convulsives, to name a few.
Many girls and women may notice that their acne flares up as they are nearing their monthly period.
Picking or squeezing
Touching acne lesions can make them worse and raise the risk of permanent scarring. Squeezing or popping pimples can cause an eruption of sebum and bacteria into surrounding skin tissues leading to more swelling and redness and possibly infection.
Actually, no study has yet proven that any specific foods or dietary habits can cause or worsen acne. However, if you find that a certain kind of food seems to aggravate your acne, try removing it from your diet. Removing entire food groups from your diet, though, is not healthy so is not recommended.
Acne & Acne Scarring Treatment
At our centre we provide clinically proven treatments to provide you with an individual plan for clear skin. Upon your consultation, your doctor will advise you of the best option for your particular acne type and individual means.
Salicylic peel is especially formulated to treat acne, with active ingredients to reduce the oil production and inflammation associated with acne. The peel exfoliates the skin, encouraging the removal of dead cells, dirt and sebum from the pores.
TheraClear™ Acne System
The TheraClear™ Acne System is a state of the art acne treatment device which addresses multiple causes of acne in a single treatment and only continuously cooled device FDA cleared for the treatment of multiple acne indications on all skin types.
Specific Indications include:
Mild to inflammatory acne (acne vulgaris)
Combines light and vacuum for fast and visible reduction in acne and associated redness
Mechanically evacuates sebum and acne causing bacteria for immediate outcomes
Effective on non-responders to other acne treatments
Requires no pre-treatment gels or anesthetics
Treatments are fast with little to no pain.
Without oral medication, topical treatments or harsh chemicals, The TheraClear™ Acne System removes the cause of all types of acne during a few comfortable visits.
ACNE SCARRING TREATMENT
Acne scarring is common and can have an impact on the wellbeing and confidence of its sufferers. At our centre we offer a comprehensive approach to treat acne scars based on each individual’s type of scars. we are able to offer a range of treatments to improve your skin of acne scars and any discolouration cause.
Medical Dermapen (Microneedling)
Dermapen is the latest innovation in treating scars & acne scarring. Designed to be used on its own or in conjunction with topical products, the Dermapen’s accurate and minimally intrusive penetration allows not only a much higher absorption of serums and creams but has also been proven to stimulate collagen production, dramatically improving the condition of the skin.
Dermapen promotes scar less healing and natural collagen reproduction, similar to fractional laser treatments, IPL, laser resurfacing, and chemical peels, but without the side effects and downtime and can effectively treat facial and body scarring.
Also known as a “power peel”, is recommended for superficial mild acne scars. It involves a 15-20 minute treatment that removes the uppermost damaged layers of skin.
Different types of scars
- Ice-pick scars – these are the most commonly seen form of acne scarring, which form deep pits in skin
- Rolling scars – less defined edges but still dip, giving wavelike appearance
- Boxcar scars – pitted scars with defined edges with crater-like appearance
- Hypertrophic (keloid) scars – elevated scar tissue that appear as bumps rather than dips
Why treat acne scarring
Physical, emotional and social reasons for treating acne scars include:
Promotion of better skin health