Acne mainly affects teenagers, however it is a disease that is not restricted to any age group, adults in their 20's, 30's and even their 40's can get it. While it is not a life threatening condition it can, very understandably be very distressing and, when severe, lead to permanent scarring.
Acne results when the pore is blocked by dead skin cells that are never thoroughly expelled. Instead the sloughed-off cells stick together inside the pore and this plug, along with the sebum, becomes a source of nutrition for bacteria. The bacteria then invade the pore causing redness and inflammation.
Acne ranges in severity from comedones (blackheads and whiteheads) to nodular pustules and cysts.
Hormonal imbalance and stress both contribute to causing acne.
As acne heals it may leave a dark spot of pigment due to the inflammatory response. By comparison the scarring which may result leaves a textural change in the skin.
At Belle Vue we offer an effective Acne combination programme involving the use of the Isolaz vacuum light system which both removes the sebum that is blocking the pores and purifies them by exposing the bacteria to intense light which heats and destroys them. We usually see the effect of the cleansing and purifying within just 24 to 48 hours.
Isolaz treatment is completely painless, combining vacuum and light to remove sebum and destroy the acne causing bacteria.
After cleansing the pores we use a skin peel, either glycolic, easy phytic, TCA or salicylic acid depending on your skin type which will further help to unblock the pores, to refine the skin, improving its texture and smooth the effects of acne scarring.
Using a range of cosmeceuticals in combination with the above treatments will help change the skin, reducing inflammation and redness, unclogging the pores whilst their antiseptic properties will combat the bacteria.
After analysing your skin we will construct a personalised treatment plan to suit your particular skin type.
Once your acne has been treated we will prepare a maintenance programme to ensure the improvement is not lost. Acne cannot be cured but it can be kept away.
Blackheads result from the pore being partially blocked by sebaceous debris composed of dead skin cells, sebum and bacteria. The black color results from the oxidization of melanin in the skin. A blackhead tends to be a stable structure, and can often take a long time to clear.
Whiteheads occur on the surface of the skin and are caused when the pore is completely blocked, trapping sebum, bacteria and dead skin cells. The blockage causes a white appearance on the skin surface