Unsightly acne breakouts can ruin your day.
When pimples appear they tend to do so on the patient's face, back, chest, shoulders and neck. Acne develops when follicles get blocked and infected.
Dermatologists say that approximately three-quarters of 11 to 30 year-olds will get acne at some time. Acne can affect people of all races and all ages. It most commonly affects adolescents and young adults. There are people in their fifties who still get acne.Looking after your skin if you have acne (or are prone to acne):
Acne is a complex skin condition involving many factors including genetic, hormonal and environmental. The main considerations are excess production of sebum, clogging of pores (which is what causes blackheads and whiteheads - also known as comedones) and growth of bacteria that cause inflamed acne lesions.
Acne treatment revolves around decreasing excess sebum production, unclogging pores/ comedones to promote even exfoliation, while controlling both inflammation and the bacteria in the sebaceous glands that cause inflamed acne lesions. My approach to treating acne addresses each of these problems.
Topical retinoid creams and lotions
Retinoids are medically prescribed preparations, derivatives of naturally occurring Vitamin A that target abnormal keratinization of the skin, decrease skin turnover and unclog pores at the molecular level. We generally recommend combining antibiotics with a topical retinoid for increased efficacy.
Chemical peels are designed to exfoliate the skin surface, reduce keratin formation, decrease bacteria counts and reduce inflammation. They are an excellent way of treating comedomal acne (blackheads and whiteheads).
Vascular laser can also help reduce the redness associated with acne rosacea or reduce the redness associated with scars.
Daily skin care is very important in the treatment of acne.
Detoxify * Rejuventate * Protect
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Daily steps you can take to successfully control acne:
Used morning and night, my Concentrated Cleanser normalises the skins exfoliation process, especially inside the sebaceous follicle. This reduces clogging and breakouts. It also dissolves the substance that produces the blackheads known as keratin, hence removing the blackheads and
Control Follicular Bacteria
Darlinghurst Dermatology Skin & Laser Clinic or your local GP may prescribe a topical or oral antibiotic to help control acne bacteria and breakouts.
These same antibiotics can also help reduce inflammation, accelerating the healing process. Other preparations are also helpful as anti-inflammatories, such as certain forms of Vitamin A mentioned below.
Hormones & Vitamin A
Depending on the severity and type of acne you have you may need other treatments such as medications to regulate the hormones on the skin (i.e. Certain contraceptive pills) or forms of Vitamin A in both topical and oral forms.