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.
We will recommend a particular skin peel, depending on your skin type which will help to unblock the pores, refine the skin, improve its texture and smooth the effects of acne scarring.
Using a range of cosmeceuticals in combination with skin peels 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