Acne & Scarring

Acne is a common skin condition that affects most individuals at some point in their lives. If you feel like you’ve tried everything and had no relief, book a consultation with one of our doctors today.

symptoms

Acne symptoms commonly present on the face, neck, back and chest and typically present with a mixture of the below symptoms:

  • Oily skin
  • Blackheads (open comedones)
  • Whiteheads (closed comedones)
  • Red spots (papules)
  • Pus-filled pimples
  • Boil-like spots (cysts)
  • Deeper bumps (nodules)
  • Hot or tender skin
  • Scarring and pigmentation

Acne can leave scars, marks and pigmentation on the skin, particularly in the presence of nodules and cysts.

A symptom which isn’t talked about very much is the effect of acne on mood and self-esteem. Many studies have shown acne has a negative impact on psychosocial health. You should always speak to your doctor as soon as possible if acne is impacting on your mental health.

causes

The causes of acne are multifactorial:

  • Excess oil (sebum) on the skin
  • Dead skin cells building up and blocking pores in the skin
  • Excess oil on the skin creates the perfect environment for normal skin bacteria to multiply, and cause inflammation and symptoms of acne.
  • Hormones and hormone disorders
  • Medications which effect hormone levels in your body e.g. the oral contraceptive pill
  • Diet
  • Genetics
  • Lifestyle factors – e.g. stress, skincare products, regular mask wearing

treatments

Following a consultation, your aesthetic doctor will discuss a personalised plan to treat your acne and to help you maintain results long-term.

Medical Skincare: The foundation of any acne treatment plan is medical skincare. Skincare is used to provide long-term relief from acne symptoms.

Skin Peels: Peels are used to provide relief from acne symptoms and to treat textural damage to the skin caused by acne itself.

Microneedling: An FDA approved treatment for acne scarring and treatment of mild acne. It’s great for improving scarring and pigmentation as a result of acne.

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