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Acne Skin Care Treatments

Acne is a skin condition that results in inflammatory and non-inflammatory lesions, commonly associated with adolescent skin. It affects an estimated 80-90% of teenagers in the Western World. However; it also affects many age groups at different stages of life. It can start as early as 8-9 years old and 40 year olds can still be afflicted, with over 5% of females still having acne at this age.

There are many myths associated with acne such as “poor skin hygiene”, “you will outgrow it”, “poor diet”, and the worst of all “It is not very serious”, all of which are not true and generally regurgitated by non-acne sufferers. Acne affects self confidence and causes frustration, feelings of inadequacy, low self esteem and refusal to socialise confidence. It also causes stress especially amongst adolescents. Recent research indicates that increased acne severity is associated with high stress levels.

Acne scarring is the result of inflammation within the dermal layer of the skin brought on by acne and this is one of the most important reasons to combatting acne, to prevent scarring.

Whilst acne cannot be cured it can be controlled. A daily acne skincare programme, and my acne management programme with Omnilux Blue, lightfusion treatments, and masks are extremely effective in treating the outbreaks and reducing acne scarring.

I have achieved great results with juvenile acne and the change the treatment makes to the lives of young adolescents, and their parents is amazing. The results from a recent acne treatment can be found in my blog.

Acne Skincare Courses For Your Face

  • Omnilux and lightfusion Acne Management Treatment Course £555.00 – 10 treatments, 2 sessions a week for 4 weeks, a treatment six weeks later and a final treatment 6 weeks later, 12 weeks in total.
  • Elizabeth Arden PRO Acne Management Peel Course £210.00 – Three peels with lightfusion treatments administered 2 weeks apart. After the first three treatments I will assess your skin condition and a further three peels may be necessary, dependant upon your skin’s response.

Acne Skincare Courses For Your Back, Arms and Decollete

  • Medik8 Beta Peels course £270.00 – 6 weekly treatments. I would recommend this course of peels for acne on the back, arms or décolleté.

 
Every acne skin condition is different and I would recommend that you book “a free no obligation consultation” to allow me to assess your acne skincare symptoms and develop an acne treatment specific to your needs.
 

Some extra facts and clinical terms that maybe interest regarding Acne

Androgen – Testosterone and Dihydrotestosterone (DHT)

Both men and woman produce androgens, however men have a much higher level, giving more masculine qualities such as hair growth, muscle structure, deeper voice etc.
It is the DHT that actually causes excess sebum to be produced, contrary to popular belief!

DHT is a much more powerful Androgen, converted from testosterone in much greater quantities in those with a genetic predisposition of Acne. This causes the sebaceous glands to swell to 4 times the usual size, producing 4 times the usual amount of sebum, resulting in persistent blockages.Unfortunately for men they product 15 times more androgens than woman which is why they are often the most severe cases of Acne.

Many believe that by reducing androgen levels within the body you can reduce Acne, however this can have damaging effect in the long term, especially for men as Androgens play a vital role in our overall wellbeing.

There are other chemicals for example insulin that also affect our sebum production, so a diet with less carbohydrate can help along with foods with a good Vitamin A content.

Excess Sebum and Dead Skin Cells

Due to the sebaceous gland swelling and producing 4 times the usual amount of sebum, blockages start to form within the follicle. Dead skin cells are shed all over the follicle wall as on the skins surface adding to the build up until we are left with a plug (Comedones – open blackheads closed Whiteheads) which creates a nice dark, non-oxygen environment for the P Acne bacteria to breed which causes….

Inflammation

Bacteria breeding and eating the sebum within the follicle results in the production of an enzyme called Lipase. Lipase causes irritation inside the follicle resulting in redness and inflammation known as a papule. White blood cells rush to the follicle to clear the infection. The result is a follicle filled now with sebum, dead skin cells, white blood cells bacteria and lipase. This can move to the surface as a white head or pustule to be removed. Unfortunately the follicle can also rupture, leaking this mixture of debris into the dermis, where the enzyme Lipase destroys collagen and this can result in ….

Scarring

Scarring can be pitted due to the collagen destruction. Post inflammatory pigment can also occur within the scarring as a results to the surface trauma to darker skin.