What is Acne?
Acne is also known as 'spots' or 'pimples'.
It occurs in the skin where there are oil glands and this oil and dead skin cells block pores.
Acne spots can range from blackheads (clogged pores that are open-the dark colour arises from air exposed discoloured oil) and whiteheads (closed clogged pores) to papules, pustules, nodules and cysts (increasingly sized bumps that may be painful and pus filled).
What causes Acne?
Hormones combined with skin bacteria and fatty acids in our oil glands are the cause of acne.
It can be aggravated by changing hormone levels and by being touched/picked.
Prevention of acne spots
Acne can be managed. Lightly wash the affected areas with mild cleanser and lukewarm water. Avoid too much makeup and properly remove with a water based product. Prevent sweat and oily hair from lying too long on the skin by regularly showering especially soon after exercise as this will reduce its severity. Do not squeeze spots!
Treatment of Acne
If you are still not responding to general care in preventing acne then it may be advisable to purchase over-the-counter acne medication or see a practitioner for prescription strength acne medication. It may take patience and time to see results.
The Facial Rejuvenation Clinic can assess, prescribe for and treat your skin to reduce the symptoms of acne. You may benefit from a Clenziderm MD kit which contains a patented form of Benzoyl peroxide. This kills bacteria on the skin and unblocks pores and follicles. Our practitioner can also prescribe a topical retinoid which reduces sebum levels and can lightly peel your skin to remove surface dead skin cells too.
If side effects such as dry, itchy and sensitive skin occur as a result of these medications or if the acne is severe then further assessment and alternative treatments may be necessary from dermatologist referral.