Contrary to belief, Acne is not caused by having ‘dirty’ skin or from not cleansing thoroughly enough. Acne is primarily caused by an excess oil production, clogged follicles, bacteria or excess hormone (androgen) activity.
Our oil glands naturally produce oil to keep our skin lubricated and protected, however when this oil is overproduced this can cause a blockage, trapping P. Acne bacteria and causing the infection and inflammation known as acne.Acne generally occurs to the face, neck, chest, back and shoulders, as these areas tend to have the greatest production of oil. Though acne can affect people of all ages,it is most common in teenagers as anoverproduction of oil occurs during puberty due to the level of androgen hormones being produced.
Acne Cosmetica, however, is a form of acne triggered by using congesting cosmetic products. This primarily includes makeup and makeup applicators, however any products that are applied to the face or surrounding areas (such as hair products) can instigate this type of acne. Acne cosmetica affects areas like the cheeks and forehead, and generally changes in product use, hygiene practices, or application techniques can improve the condition.
Many people use the word acne to describe all breakout lesions, however inflamed acne lesions are very different to Non-inflamed lesions such as black heads.
Types of Acne Lesions:
Hard, clogged pores that are tender to the touch, that occur when the walls surrounding your pore break down from being severely inflammaed. Papules are solid with no visible fluid or ‘head’.
Pustules present as small bumps on the skin that contain fluid or pus, surrounded by redness. These bumps look very similar to pimples; however they can grow quite large in size and be quite inflamed.
Nodules occur deep under the skin when clogged, swollen pores endure further irritation and grow larger. Unlike pustules and papules, nodules are so deep within the skin that they cannot typically be extracted or be treated at home.
Cysts develop when pores are clogged by a combination of bacteria, sebum, and dead skin cells. These large red or white bumps are often painful to the touch. Cysts are the largest form of acne and are the most likely to scar.
Treating active acne involves a combination of skin care and treatment to control oil, remove clogging debris and fight acne bacteria.
The professional team at VC Dermal Clinics can effectively treat your acne regardless of how severe the inflammation. Whether these are blackheads, breakouts, congestion or acne, we have an effective solution that is medically sound and provides visible results.
- Cosmedix Chemical Peel
Chemical peels are a safe, yet extremely effective treatment for acne. Because Chemical Peels use an enzymatic form of exfoliation, rather than scrubbing or granules, it is able to digest and remove the lesion without spreading acne bacteria. Chemical peels target bacteria and lift away impurities which lead to the formation of congestion and breakouts. Cosmedix peels contain alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) and beta hydroxy acids (BHAs), perfect for decongesting pores, clearing blemishes and resurfacing the skins texture. Regular Chemical peels can also aid inregulating sebum / oil production, increasing cellular turnover, fighting p.acne bacteria and manage and heal post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation.
- Laser Correction Facial
Our Laser Correction Facial Treatment utilizes Q-switch laser technology. The rapid speed of the laser combined with a high repetition rate causes vibration in the skin which helps to eliminate impurities and stimulate collagen. The 1064nm wavelength specifically targets the deeper layers of the skin to eliminate impurities whilst providing a safe treatment for all skin types. Laser Correction Facials are especially effective for black head removal/expulsion, elimination of oil, while also tightening and reducing pore size. This treatment can also be combined with Microdermabrasion as an Advanced Laser Correction Facial to maximize results.
- Low-intensity laser therapy
Low Intensity Laser Therapy (LILT) utilizes 3B cold laser technology, whichstimulates cell production by emitting various light wavelengths, triggering a variety of healing, regenerating, stimulating and corrective responses that can stabilise and normalise skin function with no heat, discomfort or downtime. For the treatment of Acne, the beam effectively reaches under the skin’s surface and targets the inflammation, promoting your own body’s natural healing and restoring a healthy balance of bacteria and oils.
- Omnilux LED light therapy
LEDlight therapy is an ideal treatment for acne, with an optimal treatment plan including a synergistic combination of blue light and red light therapy. Blue light works to stimulate porphyrins (compounds found in acne-causing bacteria) which then generates a controlled amount of free radicals which work to destroy acne bacteria, while the Red light triggers an immune response in the skin that helps to regenerate cells and help with skin healing.For best results a course of 9 treatments, every 48 hours, 3 times per week for best results. However, LED treatment can be used to enhance, accelerate and intensify other treatments including microdermabrasion, chemical peels and laser facials.
What About Skin Care?
- Vitamin A
Acne is often caused when oil and dead skin cells congest and clog the pore. Vitamin A is an essential ingredient as it helps stimulate skin cell turnover to curb these blockages. Cosmedix’ Vitamin A (AGP complex) works to refine and visibly reduce acne and blemishesby improving exfoliation. Clarity, Define and Refine Serums use AGP Vitamin A complex and work to visibly reduce enlarged pores and blemishes. Clarity Serum also contains specific ingredients to curb hormonal blockages such as those that occur during puberty or hormonal imbalances.A skin analysis will be performed by your clinician to determine the ideal serum for maximum results.
- Mineral Makeup
For those with an excess oil flow, Mineral Makeup is especially beneficial as most oil-based makeup can be comedogenic (pore-clogging) and migrate into the pores of your skin, keeping pores congested and potentially cause Acne or Acne Cosmetica (acne caused by cosmetic products). Mineral makeup, primarily those containing Zinc Oxide, does not penetrate into the skin and thus does not cause blockages, congestions or cause irritation, but allows the skin to function normally.
- Cosmedix Purity Balance Exfoliating Toner
Purity Balance Exfoliating Toner aims to eliminate any pore-clogging oil and residual impurities using a combination of salicylic and lactic acids. Salicylic Acid provides deep exfoliation to decongest clogged pores, while Lactic Acid gently softens and removes dead skin. Purity Balance also containsTea Tree Oil which clarifies and balances oil flow for a clearer more refined skin.
Cosmedix Purity Clean Cleanser
A common trend in oily skins is to use cleansers that make you feel “squeaky clean”. Using cleansers such as soap bars and alcohol-based cleanserscan severely aggravate an acne prone skin by stripping the skin of vital moisture, causing the skin to produce more oil to replace what is lost. Cosmedix Purity Clean is designed for oily, acne-prone and problematic skin, as it provides necassary exfoliation to unclog congested pores, cleanse away impurities and removes excess oil without over stripping the skin. With exfoliating Lactic Acid, Tea Tree and Peppermint Oil, this cleanser ensures skin is restored to a balanced state and looks refreshed without feeling oily or dry.
Professional Results for Improved Skin Health
To find out more ways to manage your acne read about acne causes and treatments, or simply click the button below to book your consultation with one of our skin specialists.