Concerns we treat

Acne & Acne Scarring

What causes acne?

Acne usually occurs in teenage years although it can develop in later years. This is a common and often embarrassing problem. Acne usually develops in teenage years but it can also develop in adulthood on the face décolletage and back.

There are different types of acne. The most common acne type develops during the teen years. Changing hormones cause skin glands to produce more oil (sebum). Acne begins when this excess oil mixes with dead cells and clogs the skin's pores. Bacteria multiply in this mixture and if it leaks into nearby tissues, it causes swelling, redness, and pus. It can be sore, uncomfortable and embarrassing; cystic acne can lead to permanent scarring.

What can you do if you have active acne?

  • Come in for a consultation -
    It has to be determined what type you have and whether it is mild, moderate or severe.
  • Use a skincare regime that is designed for you -
    Mild to moderate acne can often be controlled with good oil controlling products.
  • Consider additional treatments -
    Moderate to severe acne benefits from additional treatments and/or prescription products.

Aims of treatments

ACTIVE ACNE

The ultimate aim is to prevent infection. It is about controlling the oil, reducing the inflammation and calming the skin, targeting the bacteria responsible and minimising the risk of scarring. Some products and treatments that we commonly recommend to treat acne are:

ACNE SCARRING

When acne hasn’t been controlled, scarring and deep pitting can disfigure the skin surface. Many people are left with this, and for some, it’s a constant reminder of the active acne they suffered in the past.  The good news is there are treatments that can help to improve the appearance and texture of the skin.

The aim of treatment for scarring and pitting is to stimulate the skin cells in the scar area itself. This will produce more collagen in the scar site so that it plumps up closer to the surface area. This will always have limitations, particularly in deep scars.  In deeper scars a dermal filler can be used to minimise the depressions of the scar:

Some treatments that help to reduce acne scarring