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Acne and Acne Scarring

Acne and Acne Scarring are fairly common skin conditions most often occurring in adolescents at the time of puberty. Acne and acne scarring may also be seen in older individuals.

Acne may manifest as tender and inflamed red skin, together with a variety of lesions such as comodones (blackheads and whiteheads).  In more significant cases the lesions can develop into cysts and pustules.

Acne sufferers often deal with both the physical appearance of their skin as well as the psychological effects of it.

If acne is left untreated it may lead to pigmentation and or scarring.

Acne results from a combination of factors:

  • Overproduction of sebum that may also be thickened.
  • Blocking of the pilosebaceous unit with dead skin.
  • Infection with bacteria

Acne most commonly affects skin with the densest population of sebaceous follicles (oily skin) such as the face, the upper part of the chest and the back.

 Genetics, sleep patterns, stress, what you eat and drink, exposure to the sun, smoking and hormonal or psychological changes are all factors that may cause or contribute to the condition.

 Acne Scarring is more commonly seen with inflammatory or cystic acne. This occurs when the follicle/pore becomes enlarged and blocked due the accumulation of excess oil, bacteria and dead skin. The impurities spread to the dermis where further damage occurs. There is an over-production of collagen to heal the wound, leading to the formation of scars. Different types of Acne Scarring include Ice Pick Scars (deep pits), Boxcar Scars (angular scars – normally occur on the temple and cheeks), Rolling scars (have a wave-like appearance) and Hypertrophic (thickened) scars. The type of scarring that develops depends largely on the nature of the damage to the skin and the accompanying repair process.

Treatment Options

Superficial Peels

The name is quite descriptive of the procedure layers of skin are gently peeled away by a solution, usually water-soluble glycolic acid (obtained from fermented sugar) or salicylic acid (from willow bark), applied topically to reveal smoother, healthier and more even toned skin.

Chemical Peels have a long history – In ancient Egypt, they used salt, alabaster and sour milk to improve skin tone.

Medium Peels

This treatment renews the skin by lifting dead cells from the skin surface and stimulating the metabolism of the cells beneath.

A series of TCA (trichloracetic acid – made by chlorinating acetic acid) peels can effectively improve the appearance of superficial lines and uneven pigmentation, while leaving skin softer, smoother and more radiant. 

Blue Light Therapy

In general, Laser Blue Light Therapy for Acne and Acne treatments are a safe and non-invasive method of treating acne.

Blue Light Therapy targets the sebaceous glands, and not the surrounding tissues, killing the bacteria that cause acne. Many patients see significant improvement in their acne after two to four weekly treatment sessions of blue light therapy. 

Profractional Laser Treatment

The Profractional Laser treatment was designed for those looking for younger-looking skin or who want to improve scars, wrinkles or sun damage with a comfortable treatment. If you demand a fast recovery, then you may be an ideal candidate for fractional laser. 

Micro Laser Peels

A Micro Laser Peel is a gentle, laser assisted skin peel, which precisely removes the skin’s outermost layer to a predetermined depth. It is the perfect step between Microdermabrasion and deeper Chemical or Laser Peels for treating pigmentation, sun damage and melasma. 

Carboxytherapy

Carboxytherapy is a revolutionary new skin rejuvenation treatment, which is being touted as the biggest advance in Aesthetics since Muscle Relaxing Injectables.

Small quantities of pharmaceutical grade, warmed carbon dioxide are infected below the skin in damaged areas.

Find out more about this procedure!

Disclaimer:
The information and advice published or made available through the website is not intended to replace the services of a physician or health care professional acting under a physician’s supervision, nor does it constitute a doctor-patient relationship. Each individual’s treatment and/or results may vary based upon the circumstances, the patient’s specific situation, as well as the health care provider’s medical judgement and only after further discussion of the patient’s specific situation, goals, risks and benefits and other relevant medical discussion. Testimonials made by any person(s) on this site are not intended to substitute for this discussion or evaluation or as a guarantee as to outcomes. Examples of treatment outcomes in this website are not intended to convey any warranty, either express or implied, as to outcomes, promises or benefits from treatment. Whether to accept any treatment of a patient should be assessed by the patient as to the risks and benefits of such procedures and only after consultation with a health care professional.

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